A man is living happily on an island with his family, growing bananas. When a local mobster with an eye on man's property tries to take it from him, he must go to the town for the first time to get some help.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Banana Joe
Marina Langner ...
Dorianne
Mario Scarpetta ...
Manuel
Gianfranco Barra ...
Torcillo
Enzo Garinei ...
Engineer Moreno
Gunther Philipp ...
Sarto (as Gunter Philipp)
Giorgio Bracardi ...
Sergente Martino
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Woman in Perfume Advertisement (as Gisela Hann)
Nello Pazzafini ...
Torcillo's Truck Driver
Carlo Reali ...
Police Captain
Salvatore Basile ...
Police Officer (as Salvo Basile)
Edy Biagetti ...
Club's Manager
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
Torcillo's Thug
Benito Pacifico ...
Torcillo's Thug
Sergio Smacchi ...
Torcillo's Thug
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A man is living happily on an island with his family, growing bananas. When a local mobster with an eye on man's property tries to take it from him, he must go to the town for the first time to get some help.

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He's big, he's funny, he's... Banana Joe. You'll love him!

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8 April 1982 (Italy)  »

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Director Steno and actor Bud Spencer previously had collaborated on four "Flatfoot" film franchise movies in the 1970s. "Banana Joe" was their fifth and final theatrical feature film. The pair later collaborated on a number of 1988 "Big Man" tele-movies. See more »

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During the truck racing scene, obvious miniatures are used for the off-road crash shots. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain: I don't know how you expect me to give you a license when you don't even know your surname, your father's name, your mother's name, your place of birth! It means you don't exist!
Banana Joe: I'm standing here right in front of you that means I must exist...
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Brotherly Love
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Written by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis (as Gulliver)
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Bemusing comedy set on far country for Bud Spencer enthusiastic, repeating his usual role
2 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Banana Joe(Bud Spencer) is a corpulent and kind illiterate living on a tropical island in the Caribe. He trades bananas when a mobster named Torsillo wishes to take his commerce. Then , for first time in his existence, he goes to big city for getting an identity certificate . There he knows a beautiful singer named Dorianne(Marina), facing off dangers, truck racers(with usual Peplum, Nello Pazzafini as a Torsillo's truck driver) and several adventures.

This is a good amusing juvenile for Bud Spencer fans, but he's delight; it packs action, fist-play, slapdash, humor with tongue and check and is quite entertaining. This release has some cool and even hilarious moments, though the Terence Hill-Bud Spencer duo films are better. The film isn't always good , sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions ,it's frankly delicious. The movie displays innumerable laughters and slapstick, including a sour satyr about bureaucracy and the army when Banana Joe is forced to enlist for obtaining a identity document. Sympathetic screenplay by the usual, Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci and Carlo Perdesoli(alias Bud Spencer). Catching musical score with noisy songs by Guido and Mauricio De Angelis(Spaghetti Western habitual). The motion picture is professionally directed by Steno, Stefano Vanzina(father of Carlo Vanzina). He wrote and directed in the 60s Toto vehicles(Toto vs the four, Two colonels); Walter Chiari and Raimondo Vianello shows(Heroes of the West, Twins from Texas). In the 70s and 80s directed Bud Spencer movies about Flatfoot or Rizzo, also called Piedone, such as, Flatfoot in Hong Kong, Piedone in Africa, Flatfoot in Egypt. And in the 80s directed TV series , the Professore Jack Clementi, again with Bud Spencer.


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