The Great Pumpkin (film)

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The Great Pumpkin
Il grande cocomero (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Francesca Archibugi
Produced by Guido De Laurentiis
Written by Francesca Archibugi
Starring Sergio Castellitto
Cinematography Paolo Carnera
Edited by Roberto Missiroli
Release date
  • 10 February 1993 (1993-02-10)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Great Pumpkin (Italian: Il grande cocomero) is a 1993 Italian drama film directed by Francesca Archibugi. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

The film focuses on Valentina, a young girl, sent to a psychiatric clinic.

A literal translation of the title would substitute "watermelon" for "pumpkin'; the phrase has pop culture cachet from being an intentional mistranslation of "The Great Pumpkin" from the comic strip, Peanuts.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Great Pumpkin". Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ Frook, John Evan (30 November 1993). "Acad inks Cates, unveils foreign-language entries". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 

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