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Nunzio (1978)

R | | Drama | 12 May 1978 (USA)
Protected by his brother (James Andronica), a mentally impaired Brooklynite (David Proval) pretends he's Superman and becomes a hero.

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Nunzio
James Andronica ...
Jamesie
Morgana King ...
Mrs. Sabatino
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Angelo
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Michelle
Maria Smith ...
Carol Sabatino (as Maria Smith-Caffey)
Vincent Russo ...
Jo Jo
Jaime Alba ...
Bobby
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Maryann
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Georgie
Tony Panetta ...
Georgie's Friend
Steve Gucciardo ...
Carmine
Charlet Oberly ...
Customer
Sal Maneri ...
JoJo's Friend
Anthony Esemplare ...
JoJo's Friend
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Protected by his brother (James Andronica), a mentally impaired Brooklynite (David Proval) pretends he's Superman and becomes a hero.

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The Eagle Flies  »

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Features The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) See more »

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Sherry
Written by Bob Gaudio
courtesy of Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio
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Derivative But Works
21 December 2002 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

As other reviewers have noted, this is a formula picture that has been done before. That's not a mark against this little gem of a picture, just that it doesn't break any new ground.

David Proval, who would later go on to play Richie Aprile, the psycho mobster with the "Charles Manson" stare in HBO's The Sopranos, turns in a remarkable performance here as the mentally handicapped Nunzio.

A chubby, frizzy-haired bicycle delivery boy for a neighborhood grocer, Nunzio indulges in fantasies that he is a superhero. He lives a life marked with torments from the gang of deadbeats at the corner, overbearing concern from his mother and older brother, and general confusion about women and his burgeoning desires for them.

Although this film sets up several plot devices that could easily have gone "over the top", director Williams handles the story with a deft touch, never allowing the film to enter the realm of melodrama until the final climactic scene, which serves more as a release than a dive into the overly dramatic.

With a fluid story that moves at a good pace, terrific acting, and tons of spine shuddering 70s kitch (was that decade REALLY that awful for fashion?), this is a film not to be missed, if you can ever find it, that is.


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