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Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973)

Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (original title)
This is a buddy film with a small-time thug (Victor Lobianco) meeting a high-profile gangster (Lee Van Cleef) while in prison. The pair team up to attempt a prison breakout.

Director:

Michele Lupo

Writers:

Nicola Badalucco, Sergio Donati (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Frankie Diomede
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tony Breda
Edwige Fenech ... Orchidea
Jean Rochefort ... Louis Annunziata
Fausto Tozzi ... Massara
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Joe Sciti
Jess Hahn ... Jeannot
Adolfo Lastretti ... Al
Silvano Tranquilli ... Sylvester
Nello Pazzafini ... Thug in Prison
Claudio Undari ... Assassin (as Robert Hundar)
Claudio Gora ... Director of 'Casa del Giovane'
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Lawyer
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... Man in Café
Romano Puppo ... Assassin
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Storyline

There's trouble in Frankie Diomede's criminal empire in Genoa. A French gangster has moved into Frankie's territory, so Frankie flies home to take care of business. He promptly has himself arrested so that he'll have the perfect alibi when his top local associate dies, but then Frankie's life gets complicated: his enemies have enough juice to keep him in prison for awhile, his associates and allies are killed one at a time, and attempts on his life start. Help comes from an unlikely source: Tony Breda, a wannabe wiseguy who's a Milanese raised in Hoboken. Tony designs a plan to spring Frankie from jail, and then all roads lead to Marseilles. Is Tony a future Mafia don? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Crazy enough to take on the cops and the mob... Mean enough to whip 'em! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape from Death Row See more »

Filming Locations:

Genova, Liguria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #63444 delivered on 2-11-1973. See more »

Goofs

During Frankie and Tony's escape to Marseilles,they are stopped on a bridge by a Police check point searching for Frankie,who hides under a blanket ,at which time a cameraman's reflection is clearly visible in the driver's side window. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Italian values go berserk
20 August 2000 | by DavidCristolSee all my reviews

We already knew of the spaghetti western, but in the same era (early 60s to late 70s) there have been other American genres paid tribute to by the Italian film industry. So, we deal here with a spaghetti jailhouse action thriller, which also conveys many elements of parody (especially through Tony Lo Bianco's character). It's all very efficient, with Lee Van Cleef playing his old Sentenza bit from THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Director Michele Lupo knows what he's doing and hits all the right buttons, mixing violence with comedy (not always as funny as intended, however), an unlikely and tasteless alliance typical of Italian productions. The music (by Morricone clone Riz Ortolani) is great, in that now much sought after sleazy'n funky organ-laden tradition. Women have no role, of course. As to French actor Jean Rochefort, it is highly surprising to find him involved, for this is not in his usual line of action, as he plays the head mafioso over whom Van Cleef wants revenge. Packed with massive shootings and car chases, this is perfect entertainment as far as I'm concerned. Tasteless, gritty, lovely. They don't make'em films like in those days anymore (sigh).


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