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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:
Frankie Diomede
Tony Breda
Louis Annunziata
Fausto Tozzi ...
Mario Erpichini ...
Joe Sciti
Jess Hahn ...
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Nello Pazzafini ...
Thug in Prison
Claudio Undari ...
Assassin (as Robert Hundar)
Claudio Gora ...
Director of 'Casa del Giovane'
Steffen Zacharias ...
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Man in Café
Romano Puppo ...


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 <>

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


Comedy | Crime


R | See all certifications »






Release Date:

August 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape from Death Row  »

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


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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Good Italian spaghetti crime flick
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone is familiar with Lee Van Cleef from the spaghetti westerns - Return of Sabata, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - but, he also made spaghetti crime flicks, too.

This one, produced by Dino de Laurentiis and directed by Michele Lupo, also stars Tony Lo Bianco, who is a familiar movie name on both sides of the law.

This was in his younger, thinner years, and he plays a small-time hood that is infatuated with big boss Frankie Diomede (Van Cleef), who pays him no attention until he saves his life.

Neat car chase down the mountains and lots of killer by gun, drill and freezer.

And skintastic display by Edwige Fenech (Hostel II), who has many many skintastic moments to her credit.

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