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12 April 1979 (Italy) See more »
Raffaele Capece, un insegnante di mandolino, fa il posteggiatore nei locali pubblici. Ha due guai incurabili... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Raffaele Capece

Ornella Muti ... Lucia Navarro
Renato Pozzetto ... Commissario Voghera

Michel Piccoli ... Victor Navarro
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi ... Elizabeth (as Zeudi Araya)

Capucine ... Suor Angela
Peppino De Filippo ... Natale Capece
Elena Fiore ... donna Filomena
Peppe Barra ... Giardino (as Giuseppe Barra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli
Mario Castaldi ... Disco-dancing man at nightclub
Armando Curcio
Nicola Di Gioia ... Asylum patient
Salvatore Furnari
Franco Iavarone ... Gregorio Sella
Giovanni Imparato
Gennarino Palumbo ... Suonatore ambulante
Franca Scagnetti ... Donna all'ospedale
Carlo Taranto
Natale Tulli ... Albino

Tomas Arana ... Walter Navarro (uncredited)
Maria De Sisti ... Asylum patient (uncredited)
Amedeo Salamon ... Priest in the asylum (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Corbucci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giuseppe Catalano 
Sabatino Ciuffini  screenplay
Sabatino Ciuffini  story
Elvio Porta 

Produced by
Paolo Infascelli .... associate producer
Achille Manzotti .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Salfa 
Art Direction by
Marco Dentici 
Set Decoration by
Mauro Passi 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman  (as Wayne Finkelmann)
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Mario Di Salvio .... makeup artist
Paolo Franceschi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Vivien Boden .... production supervisor
Vittorio Bucci .... production supervisor
Hermes Gallippi .... production supervisor
Elio Saroli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amanzio Todini .... assistant director
Sound Department
Romano Checcacci .... sound mixer
Rocco Roy Mangano .... sound
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Gaetano Valle .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Raffaella Zita .... assistant editor
Luigi Zitta .... assistant editor (as Luigi Zita)
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Other crew
Franca Invernizzi .... script supervisor (as Franca Santi Invernizzi)

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Also Known As:
"Giallo napoletano" - Italy (original title)
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114 min
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Mandolini murder mystery, 3 February 2004
Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands

Marcello Mastroianni plays a Chaplinesque mandolin player complete with curly hair, funny moustache and silly walk. In order to pay off his fathers gambling debts, he agrees to play a serenade under somebody's window in the middle of the night. Soon he is surrounded by dead bodies and has to figure out who is behind this plot before he is either jailed or thrown out of a window himself. Other suspects include Ornella Muti as a nurse from a mental hospital, Michel Piccoli as a famous conductor and Zeudi Araya as his flirtatious wife.

If this is supposed to be a comedy it literally falls flat. The sight of people repeatedly falling out of windows is not very funny and neither is the completely over the top gangster character in a fur coat. Only Renato Pozzetto as a police inspector who seems to have graduated from the Inspector Clouseau Academy of clumsiness (with a degree in Chief Inspector Dreyfus self-mutilation) manages to conjure up some laughs, but his part does not amount to much.

Director Sergio Corbucci does make the most of the beautiful Napoli scenery but the story takes too many different twists and turns. Particularly unnerving is a scene in which Marcello (in drag) starts to make out with Ornella Muti (who is more than 30 years his junior). A more suitable love interest for him would have been Capucine, who is waisted in the small part of a nun. Eventually the plot becomes so confusing that it takes about twenty minutes of talky exposition scenes to clear everything up.

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