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The Monster (1994)

Il mostro (original title)
A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising ... See full summary »

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Jolanda Taccone
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Roccarotta
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Frustalupi
Ivano Marescotti ...
Pascucci
Franco Mescolini ...
Chinese Teacher
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Luciana Pieri Palombi ...
Claudia
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Antique dealer
Rita Di Lernia ...
Moglie Antiquario (as Maria Rita Bresadola di Lernia)
Gennaro Morrone ...
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Vincenzo Vitagliano ...
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Giulio Turli ...
Tall man
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A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). Undercover policewoman Jessica is assigned by eccentric police psychologist Taccone to follow Loris and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Rated R for language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »
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$642,000 (USA) (14 July 1996)
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The French cast said all their lines in French. There were all later dubbed in Italian by different actors. See more »

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Spoofs Inferno (1980) See more »

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One of the funniest by one of the funniest!
20 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Il Mostro by the Italian master, Roberto Benigni, is his funniest among some very funny movies. The earlier comment to watch it in Italian with subtitles is essential. Some of the humour, both spoken and physical slapstick is a little hard at first for North Americans. Once you fall into the Italian sense of humour it will have you on the floor, Roberto Benigni is the twenty first century's Charlie Chaplin. It is optimum for enjoyment if you have lived in Italy, but not required. Go to Italy afterwards! Like Felleni and the Bertolucci brothers, Benigni reflects a lot of what is intrinsically Italian.

Il Mostro is about a mix up, but what comedy is not, it is really about Roberto, the words, the way the words are said, the body gestures and his mastery of playing. You can fall in love with his visual poetry... then learn Italian. I also recommend the unsung, underrated, Son of Pink Panther, it gives a new twist to the Sellers' humour. It's all that Sellers was and more, this is the true successor to the Pink Panther series! If you like the style of Il Mostro then try the earlier Johnny Stecchino, it is classic Benigni as well!


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