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12 May 1978 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

David Proval ... Nunzio
James Andronica ... Jamesie
Morgana King ... Mrs. Sabatino
Joe Spinell ... Angelo

Tovah Feldshuh ... Michelle
Maria Smith ... Carol Sabatino
Vincent Russo ... Jo Jo
Jaime Alba ... Bobby

Theresa Saldana ... Maryann
Glenn Scarpelli ... Georgie
Tony Panetta ... Georgie's Friend
Steve Gucciardo ... Carmine
Charlet Oberly ... Customer
Sal Maneri ... JoJo's Friend
Anthony Esemplare ... JoJo's Friend
Robert Hayden ... JoJo's Friend
Sonia Zomina ... Mrs. Shuman
Crystal Hayden ... Crystal Sabatino

Vincent Igneri ... Vincent Sabatino
Tom Quinn ... Pete
Joseph Tripi
Anthony Gilberti
Jennifer Gilberti
Guy Spennato
Nicole DeMaio
Jerry Tambasco
John Di Giso Jr.
Brian Brennan

William Hickey
Walt Gorney
Monica Lewis
Dorene Belleus
Lenore Volpe
Angela Pietropinto
Amanda Hope Lipnick
Paul Williams ... Elliot (as P.W. Williams)
Zoe Clarke-Williams
Joseph Sullivan ... Priest
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Angelo's Mother (as Filomena M. Spagnuolo)
Joe Adamo
Tony DiBenedetto
Leo Ciani
Jack Meeks
Bob Scarantino
Larry Silvestri
James Anthony
Jenny Shawn
Pasquale Igneri
Randall Andronica
Sal La Pera
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Joshua

Billy Gallo ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Williams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Andronica  writer

Produced by
Jennings Lang .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Edward R. Brown 
Film Editing by
Johanna Demetrakas 
Art Direction by
Richard Fuhrman 
Set Decoration by
Mel Bourne 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Max Henriquez .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ed Bianchi .... second unit director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director (as J. Alan Hopkins)
Art Department
James Mazzola .... property master
Sound Department
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Edward Nassour .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Lang .... musician: piano solos

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85 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Proval's performance almost saves this well-meaning "kitchen" drama., 6 April 2007
Author: Gary M. James from United States

Nunzio is a little-seen drama which tells a standard underdog story a husky, mentally-challenged deliveryman (David Proval) who dreams of being a superhero. Teased by the local hoods, his older brother Jamesie (James Andronica, who also wrote the screenplay) protects Nunzio to the point of smothering him.

Although the movie is rather sappy, Proval dose a very good job of keeping most of the ham in check (unlike co-star/screenwriter Andronica). In addition, Jazz singer/Corelone matriarch Morgana King was a welcome sight playing the mother of Nunzio and Jamesie.

Note: There was one specific scene that to this day still makes me uncomfortable even though it was important to the plot and put this movie in MPAA rating limbo. The film was originally rated R because of a sex scene between the main character and a neighborhood girl. According to the original NY Times review by Janet Maslin, that scene was edited down so the movie can get a PG rating. When the movie was shown on cable TV, the R-rated version was shown at night and the PG-rated version was shown during the day. I would have to agree with Maslin that if you took the sex scene out, the scenes after the incident made no sense at all.

Universal released Nunzio to theaters in 1978 but has never released the movie to DVD. I wonder why? Ever since his 1973 debut in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Proval has been a very dependable character actor an has appeared in numerous movie and TV projects including his memorable role as Richie Aprile in The Sopranos. I would think Universal would have considered releasing Nunzio to DVD to take advantage of Proval's Soprano buzz and show how talented the actor was to people who have never seen or heard of Nunzio. Sometimes some marketing strategies makes too much sense.

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