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

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$574,392 (USA)
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Italian box office greatest hit of its time. See more »

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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 »

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Maria: Santa Cleopatra.
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Great Benigni !
17 July 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Wonderful roles for Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi. I am not sure whether they got together before or after this film, but if they co-operate in their marriage as much as they do in this film, they will stay together forever. This movie is so extraordinary well written, although you must understand some of the Italian life and habits. The subtle humor will be mostly appreciated I guess by Italians who have moved abroad. They will recognize the bits and pieces that ridicule the 'ol'country', but they are no longer part of it. In a way. Insurance fraud, coke sniffing, corrupted politicians, bribed judges... The people that are best of are the ones that either don't know or don't want to know.


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