Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War

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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.



  • Roberto Benigni in Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Guido & Giosue
  • Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Roberto Benigni in his Oscar®-winning role as Guido Orefice
  • Nicoletta Braschi at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Nicoletta Braschi stars as Dora

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Did You Know?


Roberto Benigni's Oscar for best actor marked only the second time that an actor had directed himself in an Academy Award winning performance. The other was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948).


Giosué Orefice: This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.


Horst Buchholz (Dr. Lessing) is mistakenly credited as "Horst Bucholz."


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Comedy | Drama | War


Release Date:

12 February 1999


Italian, German, English

Country of Origin


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£87,818 (UK) (14 February 1999)


$57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)

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