- Director:Giuseppe Tornatore
- Writer:Giuseppe Tornatore,Luciano Vincenzoni
- Cast:Monica Bellucci,Giuseppe Sulfaro,Luciano Federico
- Time:1h 48min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Monica Bellucci||-||Malèna Scordia|
|Giuseppe Sulfaro||-||Renato Amoroso|
|Luciano Federico||-||Renato's Father|
|Matilde Piana||-||Renato's Mother|
|Pietro Notarianni||-||Professor Bonsignore|
|Gaetano Aronica||-||Nino Scordia|
|Gilberto Idonea||-||Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)|
|Angelo Pellegrino||-||Segretario politico|
|Gabriella Di Luzio||-||Mantenuta del Barone|
|Pippo Provvidenti||-||Dott. Cusimano|
|Maria Terranova||-||Moglie Dott. Cusimano|
|Marcello Catalano||-||Lieutenant Cadei|
|Vitalba Andrea||-||Moglie farmacista|
Giuseppe Sulfaro stated in a interview that he had never seen a live naked woman and that Monica Bellucci was the first.
Giuseppe Sulfaro was actually naked in the sex scene between Renato and Lupeta the prostitute and no body double was used.
Monica Bellucci had to learn Sicilian for the role, a dialect that is noticeably different from her native Italian.
Highly censored in countries such as the USA and UK. Uncut Italian version is 105 minutes (PAL) while the UK version is heavily cut to 88 minutes (PAL), which becomes 92 minutes in the USA due to NTSC slowdown. Meaning more than 16% of its run-time is cut.
Although Renato is 12 years old in the film, Giuseppe Sulfaro was 15 years old when the film was in production and he is 3 years older than his on-screen character.
After production on the film was completed, Monica Bellucci was cast as Persephone in Matrix Reloaded (2003) and Matrix Revolutions (2003) the sequels to the blockbuster Matrix (1999).
This was the final film to be written by Luciano Vincenzoni.
Plot resembles to Summer 42 (1971).
Renato's father takes Renato to a brothel so Renato can have sex with a prostitute. By doing this, Renato's father broke the law as it is against the law for an underage minor below the age of 14 to have sex. Moreover, people under 18 were not allowed in brothels.