The Caiman (2006)
"Il caimano" (original title)

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A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Bonomo
Paola Bonomo / Aidra
Marco Pulici / Silvio Berlusconi
Franco Caspio
Antonello Grimaldi ...
Direttore di Produzione
Marito di Aidra
Elio De Capitani ...
Tatti Sanguineti ...
Beppe Savonese
Jerzy Sturovsky
Toni Bertorelli ...
Indro Montanelli
Direttore della fotografia
Lorenzo Alessandri ...
Aiuto regista
Giancarlo Basili ...
Fritz Simmons, lo scenografo
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Bruno Bonomo (Silvio Orlando) was a famous producer of b-movies in 70s; after a long hiatus, following the commercial fiasco of "Cataratte", Bonomo is going to be signed by RAI in order to produce a film about Cristoforo Colombo's homecoming. When the director Franco Caspio (Giuliano Montaldo) quits the project, Bonomo is forced to offer another screenplay to RAI, which is "Il Caimano" a screenplay he stumbled upon, written by the young director Teresa (Jasmine Trinca). The film-in-the-film is centered on the figure of Italy's prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, a subject so controversial that even the public television refuse to produce it. While Bonomo's private life collapses piece by piece, as he's divorcing from his wife (Margherita Buy), and the bank is pressing him hard to pay back his long-standing debts, he finds out that struggling to get this movie filmed is the only thing that keeps him alive. Written by Furex

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24 March 2006 (Italy)  »

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$673,323 (Italy) (7 April 2006)


$5,455,507 (Europe) (7 April 2006)

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As the movie was released just before the beginning of the 2006 Italian general election, the media and some politicians complained it could influence the voters' decision. In fact, the movie became one of the year's most successful movies in Italy, and 'Silvio Berlusconi' lost the election. Anyway, it seems to be hasty to claim this movie as a cause for the election's final results: some left wing people use to think that 'Il Caimano' gave to Berlusconi some decimal points in the election's stats. See more »


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A movie on....
25 March 2006 | by (Torino Italy) – See all my reviews

A movie on (or against) Berlusconi, the media tycoon which is presently also prime minister of Italy? This is the "leit motive" in these days, at two weeks distance from the general elections. And the movie was released just yesterday... Is the movie a political propaganda one? Nanni Moretti in an interview broadcast on the same date asserts that he had no intention to make politics. Maybe! Anyhow the scene of Berlusconi at the European Congress in Brussels when he shouted "kapò" to a German delegate and refused to excuse himself or the sequence at the Criminal Court of Milano during a process for mafia connections speak for themselves. Apart from politics, the movie is on the tradition of the Moretti ones, "Caro Diario" and "La Stanza del Figlio" in particular and it is worth to be seen.

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