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Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973)

Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime | August 1975 (USA)
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.


Michele Lupo


Luciano Vincenzoni (story and screenplay), Nicola Badalucco (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »




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
Silvano Tranquilli ... Sylvester
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Joe Sciti
Stefania Careddu Stefania Careddu ... Lady in Piccapietra
Adolfo Lastretti ... Al
Ugo Fangareggi ... Man in Café
Claudio Gora ... Director of Casa del Giovane
Romano Puppo ... Assassin
Carlo Hintermann Carlo Hintermann ... Manca
Robert Hundar ... Assassin
Renzo Marignano Renzo Marignano ... Receiver


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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Frank and Tony love to kill...sometimes with a gun...sometimes with a Drill... See more »


Comedy | Crime


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


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 »

Alternate Versions

Simon Nuchtern added footage for American release in 1975. See more »


Referenced in Aislados (2005) See more »

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Very good crime flick
7 December 1999 | by floyd-27See all my reviews

I was very impressed with this well made Lupo vehicle from 1974. Lee Van Cleef is Frank, a mean, cold, feared and respected crime lord. While Tony Lo Bianco is Tony, a street hustler who has some respect in his neighborhood, other than that not a nada. These two meet under odd circumstances, seeing that Tony's fascination with the Boss is borderline infatuation. Well let's say that Frank does not like Tony and tony adores Frank, until Tony saves Franks life in a mafia hit. I'm not going to keep on rambling, but if you like Italo Crime, Lee Van Cleef or Joe D'Amato (photography). Then you owe it to yourself to see this movie! I give it a very sturdy 8 out of 10

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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 »

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1.37 : 1
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