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Il ladrone (1980)

| Comedy | May 1981 (USA)
Caleb vive in Galilea ai tempi di Gesù e si arrabatta con qualche furtarello e facendosi passare per mago. Per caso si trova a un banchetto di nozze e vede Gesù trasformare l'acqua in vino ... See full summary »
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Caleb
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Deborah
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Appula
Sara Franchetti ...
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Susanna Martinková ...
Marta (as Susanna Martinkova)
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Ruffo
Anna Orso ...
Maria Magdalena
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Jesus
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Moglie di Batuele
Jamil Joudi ...
Batuele
Moncef Ben Yahia ...
(as Moncef Bel Hadj Yahia)
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Caleb vive in Galilea ai tempi di Gesù e si arrabatta con qualche furtarello e facendosi passare per mago. Per caso si trova a un banchetto di nozze e vede Gesù trasformare l'acqua in vino e pensa subito di aver trovato un concorrente più abile di lui. Riesce a rubare una collana per poi perderla e trova Deborah con cui dividerà la vita. Sempre affascinato dalla figura del Cristo, che continuerà a credere un mago più abile di lui, finirà in croce con lui accusato di un vecchio furto. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Italian censorship visa # 74715 delivered on 1-2-1980. See more »

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A bit of gutter humor in a biblical setting
10 November 2003 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Comedian Enrico Montesano stars as Caleb, the good thief of the title. Not good in the sense of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but in that his escapades are funny. A contemporary of Jesus Christ (played by Claudio Cassinelli), Caleb is convinced that Jesus is a con artist just like him, and becomes jealous of his more accomplished 'tricks' and tries to copy them.

From start to finish Caleb makes his inner-thoughts known by way of narration, revealing that the film is based on a novel, by Pasquale Festa Campanile. Naturally, the view of Christ presented therein caused quite a stir when the book came out. As director however, Campanile avoids most of the controversial parts and concentrates on the saucy bits instead.

Practically every woman who meets Caleb falls for him, even though he often mentions how much he smells during his aforementioned voice-over. The one woman who proves to be his match is Edwidge Fenech as Deborah, a hooker (cured of leprosy by Christ). Despite of her profession, Fenech' nude scenes are kept to a bare minimum (though still pictures reveal at least one more scene of Caleb and Deborah in bed that doesn't appear in the film). Apart from Edwige, there are many beautiful shots of the landscape (filmed in her homeland Tunisia) and Ennio Morricone serves up one of his 'comical' scores.

However at 110 minutes, Il Ladrone rather overstays his welcome. The story is really a collection of (mostly) comic set pieces. Many subplots and diversions could easily have been left out and the occasionally crude humor does not fit with the more serious parts about Caleb's envy for Christ. For example, a sad scene involving the death of Caleb's dog Joshua at the hands of evil Romans is followed up by a very silly bit with him taking revenge by selling an 'invisibility cream' to the killer.

7 out of 10


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