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

 -  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

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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Taglines:

Crazy enough to take on the cops and the mob... Mean enough to whip 'em! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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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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Very good crime flick
7 December 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was very impressed with this well made Lupo vehicle from 1974. Lee Van Cleef is Frank, a mean, cold, feared and respected crime lord. While Tony Lo Bianco is Tony, a street hustler who has some respect in his neighborhood, other than that not a nada. These two meet under odd circumstances, seeing that Tony's fascination with the Boss is borderline infatuation. Well let's say that Frank does not like Tony and tony adores Frank, until Tony saves Franks life in a mafia hit. I'm not going to keep on rambling, but if you like Italo Crime, Lee Van Cleef or Joe D'Amato (photography). Then you owe it to yourself to see this movie! I give it a very sturdy 8 out of 10


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