Da grande (film)

Da grande is a 1987 Italian romantic comedy film directed by Franco Amurri, starring Renato Pozzetto, Ottavia Piccolo and Alessandro Haber.[1][2][3]

Da grande
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFranco Amurri
Produced byAchille Manzotti
Written byFranco Amurri
Stefano Sudriè
StarringRenato Pozzetto
Giulia Boschi
Ottavia Piccolo
Alessandro Haber
Music byPino Massara
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli
Edited byRaimondo Crociani
Release date
  • December 23, 1987 (1987-12-23)
Running time
94 minutes

Da grande is one of the coming-of-age comedies that were released in the late 1980s.[4][5] It has been said to be the inspiration for Big,[6][7] the 1988 international blockbuster directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks.


Eight-year-old Marco Marinelli is a bedwetter, scolded by his mother (Ottavia Piccolo) and teased by his classmates. On his birthday he finds out that his father (Alessandro Haber), who is facing economic difficulties, hasn't brought him the Lego he was promised. He runs in tears to his room and puts all his heart into wishing he were big and not subject to these indignities. As a result, he bursts through his clothes in the guise of a forty-year-old man (Renato Pozzetto) and seeks refuge in the house of his schoolteacher Francesca (Giulia Boschi), who he's secretly in love with. Mentally, he is still eight years old, and it's a puzzle what to do with him, until someone discovers that he has an uncanny rapport with children. Then he becomes a full-time and highly requested babysitter, but shortly after he is suspected of abducting the by-now long-missing child Marco. He then runs out of money, and fakes the kidnapping of himself, but while chased by the police he eventually turns back into the eight-year-old boy. He leaves a letter to Francesca who, upon realising the boy and man were one, uses the magic to join him as a little girl.



Da grande won the Nastro d'argento for best story (Silver Ribbon), the oldest movie award in Europe, assigned since 1946 by Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani (the association of Italian film critics).[8][9]


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  7. Irazábal Martín, Concha (1996). Alice, Sí Está: Directoras de Cine Europeas y Norteamericanas 1896-1996. Volume 23 of Cuadernos inacabados. Horas y Horas. ISBN 9788487715594.
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