|Massimo Troisi||Mario Ruoppolo|
|Philippe Noiret||Pablo Neruda|
|Maria Grazia Cucinotta||Beatrice Russo|
|Linda Moretti||Donna Rosa|
|Mariano Rigillo||Di Cosimo|
When exiled Cuban poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian isle, there's so much new mail that Mario, an unemployed, uneducated layabout, is hired as a postman. His job is simply to deliver Neruda's daily mail. Mario soon becomes a student of the poet, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid and tell about the struggles of the working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman turns into a changed man.