One Man Up (2001)
"L'uomo in più" (original title)

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The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Pisapia
Andrea Renzi ...
Antonio Pisapia
Genny (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Angela Goodwin ...
Nello Mascia ...
Il Molosso
Peppe Lanzetta ...
Stefania Barca ...
Italo Celoro ...
Football coach
Clotilde Sabatino ...
Marzio Honorato ...
Rosaria De Cicco ...
Roberto De Francesco ...
Gigi Moscati
Maurizio Coccorullo ...
Filippo Reale
Beniamino Femiano ...
Monica Nappo ...


The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts the decline of two men both named Antonio Pisapia who lead entirely separate yet strangely parallel lives. One (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah) is a pop singer who finds himself washed up after a sex scandal ends his run of success; the other (Andrea Renzi) a football hero whose playing career is abruptly cut short by injury. Sharply observed and featuring excellent performances from the two leads, Sorrentino's compelling film explores the personal consequences wrought by cruel reversals of fortune. Written by Anonymous

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Nella vita non esiste il pareggio.


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31 August 2001 (Italy)  »

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The movie is loosely based on the lives of football player Agostino Di Bartolomei, who committed suicide in 1994, and singer Franco Califano. See more »


Referenced in Il pareggio non esiste (2003) See more »


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Written by M. Ciorciolini, N. Oliviero, Riz Ortolani
Performed by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland Big Band
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Brilliant debut movie for Sorrentino !!! A story of a parallel decadence of a soccer player and a pop singer during the eighties.
26 May 2008 | by (Ancona -Marche- Italia) – See all my reviews

I saw the trailer of the movie a few weeks before it was at the cinema during a vacation that I spend in Napels where the movie has been made: I was captured immediately and I understood pretty soon that Sorrentino is a talent director. He is able to draw the parallel lives of two men that got the same name different lives and morals but tied here and there by something magic in the frames in their destiny.

ANTONIO PISAPIA and ANTONIO PISAPIA will cross their roads in the time of a sad glimpse but sufficient to share their common sadness.

In the beginning we see the success for both: one is an expert not too much young soccer player next to the retire but designated for a sure trainer career, the other one a pop romantic singer too much sure of himself but with a awful memory hidden inside. The unforgiven blade of the destiny is around the corner and in a blink will hit their lives changing the happiness around into the deep decadence: an heavy injury playing a training match organised by managers the players of his own club after a rifuse to play a connected match and a press-sex-scandal whirpool . No return for them but "One Man Up" of two will be able with an extreme gesture to revenge the weaker, the one not able to contest the adversity.

The performances of Toni Servillo and Andrea Renzi (the singer and the player )are terrific.

.....if you find the way to see it.. not to be missed!!!

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