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The Overtaxed (1959)

I tartassati (original title)
Mr. Pezzella owns and operates a very well established luxury clothing store. He does not like and does not consider it right to pay taxes and therefore uses a tax consultant to be able to evade more taxes.

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Complete credited cast:
Totò ... Torquato Pezzella
Aldo Fabrizi ... Maresciallo Fabio Topponi
Cathia Caro ... Laura Topponi (as Katia Caro)
Luciano Marin ... Tino Pezzella
Anna Campori Anna Campori ... Dora Pezzella
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... L'ubriaco
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Fabio Topponi's wife
Fernand Sardou Fernand Sardou ... Ernesto
Anna Maria Bottini Anna Maria Bottini ... Mara (as A. Maria Bottini)
Ciccio Barbi Ciccio Barbi ... Il brigadiere Bardi
Piera Arico Piera Arico ... Commessa
Ignazio Leone ... Il guardiacaccia
Gianna Cobelli Gianna Cobelli
Lamberto Antinori Lamberto Antinori ... Cameriere
Louis de Funès ... Ettore
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Mr. Pezzella owns and operates a very well established luxury clothing store. He does not like and does not consider it right to pay taxes and therefore uses a tax consultant to be able to evade more taxes.

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Some critics made some parallels between the couple Totò - Aldo Fabrizi with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, basing on body size and acting. In fact, although the differences between the two couples are actually huge, Totò, as like Stan, is thin and has got a more energic acting style and his characters always drive Fabrizi crazy, who is portly and calmer like Ollie. The parallelism was inspired by this movie's scene set in the hospital, in which many critics found similarities with Laurel & Hardy's County Hospital (1932): in both cases the thinner character annoys the fatter one who has a broken leg. See more »

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satire of the "tax-fear"
24 January 2004 | by madrig80See all my reviews

One day the most terrible nightmare of Mr.Pezzella (Toto'), owner of a chic boutique, comes true: the incorruptible tax inspector Topponi (Aldo Fabrizi), pays him a visit...and their troubles begin. Following the advice of his tax consultant (Luis de Funes), Pezzella tries unsuccessfully to become a friend of Topponi and avoid the prohibitive penalty he should pay.

I tartassati ("Over-taxed" ) is an excellent, extremely funny satire of the all-Italian desire to avoid paying taxes. Not an artsy movie but certainly an underrated one.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 July 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ach, ten łobuz See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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