Johnny Stecchino (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  24 October 1991 (Italy)
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A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.


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Complete credited cast:
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Franco Volpi ...
Ivano Marescotti ...
Turi Scalia ...
Loredana Romito ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvatore Borghese ...
Ignazio (as Sal Borgese)
Gaetano Campisi ...
Alessandro De Santis ...
Giulio Donnini ...
Domenico Minutoli ...
Georgia O'Brien ...
Moglie del ministro (as Giorgia O'Brien)
Ignazio Pappalardo ...
Gigliola Reina


Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her car he meets Maria, who seems immediately enamoured of him. He is soon invited to her sumptuous Palermo villa, little suspecting that this is part of a plot. He bears an amazing likeness to Maria's stool-pigeon gangster husband and it would be convenient for them if the mobster, in the shape of Dante, was seen to be dead and buried. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Sometimes a banana is just a banana !


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Rated R for language and drug related humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 1991 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Toothpick  »

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$574,392 (USA)

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In a scene in the basement, where the real Johnny is talking with his lawyer, he doesn't have the mole on his right side. That mole is significant, because it's the only thing that's different between him and Dante. See more »


Maria: Santa Cleopatra.
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will make anyone want to go to Sicily
27 October 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Before Roberto Benigni became a household name in the States, he directed and starred in this totally wacky movie about an ordinary man mistaken for a mobster while looking for a woman (Nicoletta Braschi) in Sicily. I guess that mostly, "Johnny Stecchino" is a big excuse to be silly, but it's definitely what Benigni does best. The movie is like a combination of a Charlie Chaplin flick and a Looney Tunes cartoon cranked up to maximum energy. It's a fun romp in every way, shape and form. And it will probably make you want to go to Sicily. All in all, a really good time.

And don't forget: stay away from the bananas!

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