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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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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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24 October 1991 (Italy)  »

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Johnny Toothpick  »

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$574,392 (USA)
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Italian box office greatest hit of its time. 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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Benigni A Couple Of Years Before His Star Rose
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roberto Benigni, who went to achieve international stardom with "Life Is Beautiful," plays two roles in this comedy. The story is about an innocent man who is dead ringer for a gangster-informant-in hiding. Benigni plays both roles.

It's a decent movie, a low-key comedy that has some funny moments but would have been much better had it been chopped down about 15 minutes. It tends to drag a bit during the second half. Benigni, as the "wimp," is a very charming guy and one that's easy to root for, but the rest of the characters in the film are just so-so. It's odd to ever see the usually high-strung Benigni as a lower-key person.

Surprisingly, this is an "R" rated comedy, and that's because of the language. I rented this once, but would see it again, especially since it''s now available on DVD.


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