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Johnny Cool (1963)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 January 1964 (France)
Exiled American gangster Colini sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies.

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Colini, an exiled American gangster living in Sicily, rescues Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a vengeance mission to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list. Meanwhile, he picks up Dare Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, and she is severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning against the vendetta. Written by alfiehitchie

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The International Murder Machine They Couldn't Turn Off! See more »


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Trivia

During the scene in which Hank Henry appears as the bus driver, his name can be seen on the billboard outside the Silver Slipper casino on the background. See more »

Goofs

Joey Bishop is shown filming a commercial at his used car lot; across the street is a building with a large clock showing 1:02. When he and Elizabeth Montgomery are talking a few seconds later, the clock is showing 12:20. See more »

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Johnny Colini: While you are here, you'll go through a process of polishing designed to make you "civilised". A little, not too much. On the surface, not inside. When I decide you're ready, you'll do a job for me, a job no other man could do. I want you to go to those who betrayed me, take back what they stole and make them dead. Do that and what is mine, is yours. You will be my son.
Johnny Cool: I am no son of Colini. You disgraced us in America.
Johnny Colini: Hmm, there is a streak of decency in you. You've gotta get rid of that ...
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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 15 July 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad Of Johnny Cool
lyrics by Sammy Cahn
music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Oh, so cool
12 May 2002 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

This is an entrancing film in which you get lost and don't even think

about getting out again until its stunning conclusion. I've been a

Henry Silva fan ever since I saw him in it. And it features Elizabeth

Montgomery in her most enticing roll ever.

The story starts a little rough, and you just have to stick with it for a

while, but it ripens into a headlong thriller and finally cruises to its

wrenching climax. What do you think? Can a guy like this get

away with a relentless series of assaults on such powerful people

forever?

All that said, and still giving it a high rating, this movie is definitely a

1963 film. What passed for heavy action back then has long been

eclipsed. There is somehow almost an innocence to the

slaughter, if that's possible. Henry Silva's character, however, will

always stand up as a smart, remorseless, merciless and

inexorable visitor of revenge. And he's so cool.


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