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The Treasure of San Gennaro (1966)

Operazione San Gennaro (original title)
An American gangster in Italy enlists a local gang to help him steal the treasure of Naples' patron saint.


Dino Risi


Ennio De Concini (story), Dino Risi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Nino Manfredi ... Armanduccio 'Dudù' Girasole
Senta Berger ... Maggie
Mario Adorf ... 'Sciascillo'
Harry Guardino ... Jack
Pinuccio Ardia ... Il 'Barone'
Vittoria Crispo Vittoria Crispo ... Assunta
Giovanni Drudi Giovanni Drudi ... The Archbishop Aloisio
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... (credit only)
Ugo Fangareggi ... 'Agonia'
Jean Louis Jean Louis ... Clerk in the Airport
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Il 'Capitano'
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Frank
Claudine Auger ... Concettina
Totò ... Don Vincenzo


An American gangster in Italy enlists a local gang to help him steal the treasure of Naples' patron saint.

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Comedy | Crime


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Mamma assunta: Your mother was Austrian, and a whore as well!
Sciascillo: Mine too.
Armandino Girasole: Your mother was an Austrian?
Sciascillo: No, a whore.
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À Pizza
Sung by Giorgio Gaber
Published on disks Ri-Fi by Edizione Cicogna
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The Great Saint Robbery
12 April 2006 | by alserranoSee all my reviews

One of the funniest films I've seen, it's, at its essence, the classic story of a perfect robbery plan gone wrong in the Italian way, a bit like "I Soliti ignoti" ("Rufufú" for the Spaniards). Indeed it's an impressive meeting of Italian artists: Dino Risi was known for his optimistic realistic films, and the cast includes the great comedian Totó. And it delivers even better than it appears.

A pair of Americans want to do the greatest robbery: the treasure of San Genaro, in Napoli. But, Christ, these are the jewels of a saint, and they must convince religious and a bit superstitious "professionals" to do the job. The fun are spread everywhere: the characters and their acts are the classic Risi people, but there are very good slapstick gags, action parts, and an absurd but somewhat restrained sense of humor that carries the film pretty well. Believe me: with some parts in the theft I bursted out laughing as very few times I've had (some Hawks, some Wilder, some Sturges), and I can recall lively many twists and still laugh at them.

If you come across this movie, please don't miss it. One overlooked one to discover.

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Release Date:

26 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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