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Johnny Cool (1963)

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

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Johnny Cool / Salvatore Giordano
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Darien 'Dare' Guiness
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Correspondent
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Louis Murphy
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Holmes - Used Car Salesman
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Lennart Crandall
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Miss Connolly
Hank Henry ...
Larry - Bus Driver
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Johnny Colini
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Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds
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Ben Morrow
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Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo
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Suzy
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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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17 January 1964 (France)  »

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William Asher, the director of the movie, and Elizabeth Montgomery, the female lead, were married in the same month that the film was released in the United States, October 1963. See more »

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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 »

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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taut, slick, anomic, infected world of death 'morte'
8 May 2004 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

Johnny Cool moves along at a bloody and violent pace. The bad guys are complex and heroic deeds few and far between. Dare's self-revelation about the innocence of her 'dolce vita' friends and the corruption and the prevalence of the underworld is almost understated. 40 years since the film was made, it still intoxicatingly drags the viewer back to a simpler albeit vicious time. The acting is almost uniformly true. Henry Silva is powerful and Elizabeth Montgomery is as sexy as the times would allow.It has some funny moments including Joey Bishop as a very verbal used car salesman

The murders are mostly quick and effective. Some are sloppy and brutal the way you know they must be in real life.

Every moment of this film is a hard little gem. Why films like this are so elusive escapes me.


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