Cast & Crew
Fifteen "monsters" of present-day Rome are presented from every class and profession: a terrified old woman, abducted by filmmakers for use in their production, is repeatedly thrown into a pool; a husband [Ugo Tognazzi] watches television soap operas about infidelity, while his wife [Michèle Mercier] conducts her own extra-marital activities in the adjoining room; his family being too large for him to provide proper care, a poverty-stricken father continues to impregnate his wife in order to receive bigger welfare payments to bet on soccer games; after preening and fussing about his appearance, a priest [Vittorio Gassman] goes on television to denounce vanity; unsuccessful in approaching a young woman on the beach, two Don Juans [Gassman and Tognazzi] comfort each other; when a father [Tognazzi] teaches his young son nonconformist moral principles, the boy responds by killing him for money; while calling his employer to ask his aid in determining if his wife is unfaithful, a cuckold discovers her sleeping with the employer; on furlough because of the murder of his sister, a "grief-stricken" soldier [Tognazzi] rises above his misery to offer his exclusive story to the best-paying newspaper; the beggar partner [Gassman] of a young blind musician prefers to wait until they save up enough money to go to Lourdes rather than allow a doctor to restore his friend's sight for free; after persuading his mistress that he must end their 6-year affair because he feels guilty in deceiving his newly pregnant wife, a married man [Gassman] goes off to meet his new girl friend; almost killed by several ferocious drivers, a pedestrian gets into his car and becomes a public menace; testifying at a criminal trial, an honest witness [Tognazzi] is badgered by a cunning lawyer; during the showing of a horrifying war film in which peasants are lined up against a wall for execution, a wealthy man [Tognazzi] whispers to his bored wife, "That's the kind of wall I want for our villa, only with tiles along the top"; a retired boxing champion [Gassman], persuaded by a former manager [Tognazzi] to return to the ring, barely survives one round.
Age & Scarpelli
Mario Cecchi Gori
Opened in Rome in October 1963 as I mostri; running time: 120 min (20 vignettes); in Paris in May 1964 as Les monstres; running time: 112 min (18 vignettes). U. S. title changed to 15 From Rome. Cast credits derived from foreign sources; some actors May have been cut for U. S. release.