Rugantino (film)

Rugantino is a 1973 Italian comedy film directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile.

Directed byPasquale Festa Campanile
Written byPasquale Festa Campanile, Sergio Corbucci, Enrico Oldoini, Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini, Massimo Franciosa
StarringAdriano Celentano, Claudia Mori, Elio Pandolfi, Alvaro Vitali, Paolo Stoppa
Music byArmando Trovajoli
CinematographyGastone Di Giovanni
Edited byMario Morra
Release date
Running time
110 min

It is based on the stage musical with the same name by Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini.[1][2]

Plot summary

Rome, 1800. Rugantino is a fool in love that rages eternal, though he is very unlucky in love stories and fruitful occasions. In fact he is denounced for trying to rob the elderly uncle of inheritance, apparently believed in the end of life, then Rugantino is beaten and sentenced to public torture of a squire. In fact Rugantino is in love with his young wife Rosetta, and this is the main character more than once, after having served the sentence, persecuted by justice and by the criminals. Rosetta however seems to love Rugantino, given his innocence and his ineptitude, but the young man, when he is accused of murder of an important lord of Rome, is sentenced to death. His fate is sealed, and after spending a few weeks in jail, Rugantino is beheaded.



  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  2. Andrea Pergolari. Verso la commedia: momenti del cinema di Steno, Salce, Festa Campanile. Firenze libri, 2002.

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