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Johnny Stecchino (1991)

A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dante / Johnny Stecchino
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D'Agata
Franco Volpi ...
Ministro
Ivano Marescotti ...
Dr. Randazzo
Turi Scalia ...
Giudice
Loredana Romito ...
Gianna
Alessandro De Santis ...
Lillo
Sal Borgese ...
Ignazio
Gaetano Campisi ...
Picciotto in auto
Giulio Donnini ...
Cardinale
Domenico Minutoli ...
Questore di Palermo
Georgia O'Brien ...
Moglie del ministro (as Giorgia O'Brien)
Ignazio Pappalardo ...
Cozzamara
Gigliola Reina
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Sometimes a banana is just a banana !

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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

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24 October 1991 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Toothpick  »

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$574,392
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Stecchino and wife Maria who are played by Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi who are married in real life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Maria: Santa Cleopatra.
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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Classic slapstick!
12 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

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I thoroughly recommend this film. Some jokes may go over the head of non-Italian speakers but it shouldn't really ruin your enjoyment of a classic Benigni film. My favourite scene was when "lo zio" (the uncle) was driving Dante back from Palermo train station and explaining the problems of Sicilian life to him - I nearly p*****d myself!


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