The Friends at the Margherita Cafe

Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's home. Through a ploy, he manages to get work as the chauffeur for Al, the neighborhood's most glamorous and mysterious resident. Having been taken under Al's wing, Taddeo gets to witness the adventures of Bep, who is in love with Marcella the entraineuse; the trials and tribulations of Gian, an aspiring singer and the victim of a horrible practical joke; the crazy behavior of Manuelo, a small-time robber with a sex phobia; the meanness of Zanchi, inventor of the elastic necktie; and the bizarre manias of Sarti, a ballroom dancing champion who wears his tux day and night. And Taddeo's home life is no less out of the ordinary, considering his mother is being led on by the family physician while his grandfather has fallen head over heels for a well-built piano teacher.


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Summary Details
Distributor01 Distribution
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265 theaters
Release DateApr 3, 2009
Running Time1 hr 30 min
GenresComedy Drama Romance
In Release273 days/39 weeks
Widest Release265 theaters
DateRankWeekend %± LW TheatersChange AvgTo DateWeekend
Apr 2-53$1,052,417-265-$3,971$1,052,4171
Apr 9-125$741,619-29.5%251-14$2,954$2,145,2562
Apr 16-198$523,485-29.4%227-24$2,306$3,112,1113
Apr 23-2612$283,763-45.8%151-76$1,879$3,576,2754
Apr 30-May 316$96,364-66%56-95$1,720$3,750,7245
May 7-1024$32,609-66.2%26-30$1,254$3,917,3146
May 14-1722$26,980-17.3%20-6$1,349$3,916,6177
Jul 2-525$8,822-7-$1,260$4,178,11514
Jul 16-1923$8,015-29-$276$4,197,19216
Jul 23-2628$4,711-41.2%7-22$673$4,208,02917
Jul 30-Aug 232$6,059+28.6%17+10$356$4,300,95718
Aug 20-2326$4,628-6-$771$4,326,73321