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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Cool / Salvatore Giordano
Darien 'Dare' Guiness
Louis Murphy
Holmes - Used Car Salesman
Lennart Crandall
Miss Connolly
Hank Henry ...
Larry - Bus Driver
Johnny Colini
Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds
Gregory Morton ...
Ben Morrow
Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo


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 COLDEST KILLER OF KILLERS WHO EVER LIVED! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

17 January 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Mafia Manda Matar  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Coincidentally, Elizabeth Montgomery (Darien 'Dare' Guiness) and Elisha Cook Jr. (Undertaker) both died on May 18, 1995. See more »


In the second half of the film, after Darien abandons her car in front of the beauty parlor, the police show up. The police later describe it as being a "1961 Ford". It is in fact a 1962 Ford (Galaxie 500 Sunliner). See more »


words and music by Les Vandyke
sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Fast paced Gangster film with Cameos Galore!
31 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really cool gangster film featuring a much under-rated Henry Silva (Why Hollywood didn't use him more is beyond me!) playing an Italian mobster. The beggining of this film is a little awkward & slow but give it 15 minutes and it picks up quickly. Enter Elizabeth Montgomery as a bored socialite who wants some some excitement in her life and boy does she get it. Liz even gets slapped around by two guys which gets her turned on because when Henry comes back and finds her she belts out the line "I need you RIGHT NOW!" WOW! Kind of risque for the era. Good locations throughout, including many shots of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles & Las Vegas in the early 60's. Many, many cameos by Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Jim Backus, Mort Sahl. William Asher proved he could direct drama as well as comedy (His forte'). This has no Hollywood ending either. It should be on DVD.

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