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Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973)
"Dio, sei proprio un padreterno!" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  August 1975 (USA)
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This is a buddy film with a small-time thug (Victor Lobianco) meeting a high-profile gangster (Lee Van Cleef) while in prison. The pair team up to attempt a prison breakout.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frankie Diomede
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Tony Breda
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Orchidea
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Louis Annunziata
Fausto Tozzi ...
Massara
Mario Erpichini ...
Joe Sciti
Jess Hahn ...
Jeannot
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Al
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Sylvester
Nello Pazzafini ...
Thug in Prison
Claudio Undari ...
Assassin (as Robert Hundar)
Claudio Gora ...
Director of 'Casa del Giovane'
Steffen Zacharias ...
Lawyer
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Man in Café
Romano Puppo ...
Assassin
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Storyline

There's trouble in Frankie Diomede's criminal empire in Genoa. A French gangster has moved into Frankie's territory, so Frankie flies home to take care of business. He promptly has himself arrested so that he'll have the perfect alibi when his top local associate dies, but then Frankie's life gets complicated: his enemies have enough juice to keep him in prison for awhile, his associates and allies are killed one at a time, and attempts on his life start. Help comes from an unlikely source: Tony Breda, a wannabe wiseguy who's a Milanese raised in Hoboken. Tony designs a plan to spring Frankie from jail, and then all roads lead to Marseilles. Is Tony a future Mafia don? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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GET OUT AND GET EVEN! [U.S. re-release poster] See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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August 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape from Death Row  »

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #63444 delivered on 2-11-1973. See more »

Goofs

During Frankie and Tony's escape to Marseilles,they are stopped on a bridge by a Police check point searching for Frankie,who hides under a blanket ,at which time a cameraman's reflection is clearly visible in the driver's side window. See more »

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The left one AND the right one
18 August 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

One of the few good things (maybe) to come out of Quentin Tarantino's recent ill-fated attempt to bring a multi-million dollar 70's "grindhouse" flick to suburban multiplexes is a renewed interest in actual 70's grindhouse movies. I don't know if this movie ever actually played grindhouses (it's a little tame actually), but like a lot of movies on the recent "The Grindhouse Experience" DVD compilation it's just as bad and in the same crappy condition as many movies that did. This is an Italian crime thriller featuring two very familiar figures from 70's Italian exploitation films--no, I'm not talking about an aging Lee Van Cleef or still-unknown (and-never-really-to-be) Tony LoBianco, I'm talking about Edwige Fenech's left breast and Edwige Fenech's right breast.

Fenech herself is wasted (as woman usually were in these films) in a story about a young, ambitious mobster (LoBianco) who gets himself arrested so he can meet his idol, a powerful godfather (Van Cleef), but gets a lot more than he bargained for, becoming mixed up in a prison break and raging gang war. Some of these Italian crime thrillers are pretty good actually, but it's hard to know how seriously to take some others because they are often horribly dubbed by English-speakers who were obviously taking their job pretty lightly. This is a gritty urban 70's action movie, but the idiotic dubbing crew act like their doing an off-Broadway rendition of "Guys and Dolls" (Fenech in particular is saddled with the incongruous voice of a bad Mae West impersonator). This might be a decent movie with subtitles or halfway competent dubbing, but it's hard to tell. As it is I'd recommend it only to those who just can't get enough of Edwige Fenech boobs.


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