|Pietro Germi||Andrea Marcocci|
|Luisa Della Noce||Sara Marcocci|
|Sylva Koscina||Giulia Marcocci|
|Saro Urzì||Gigi Liverani|
|Edoardo Nevola||Sandro Marcocci|
|Carlo Giuffré||Renato Borghi|
|Renato Speziali||Marcello Marcocci|
Andrea Marcocci is a world-weary railroad engineer with several decades on the job. His wife feels neglected, and his older son and daughter have grudges against him. Only Andrea's young son, Sandro, remains devoted to his father. After Andrea almost causes a collision, his career takes a downturn, and the family crisis ramps up. Then a neighborhood Christmas celebration offers a chance at salvation.