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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.

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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Sketchy yet interesting
25 July 2005 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

This movie takes place in Italy (Genoa and the Riviera) and in France. There is no death row in those countries. And the prisoners have minestrone for dinner. There is a lot you can do with minestrone – you can even use it as a weapon and it has a real filmic potential! The story on the cover of this cheap DVD is not what you will see. But there is Lee Van Cleef all right. He is some kind of Mafia Don, and he looks meek, like some kind of a bookkeeper (which he apparently was in real life). For an escape from prison (it's a cinch!) he is given some workman's clothes, a half length blue coat and a blue peaked cap - and suddenly he looks like Lenin, and I mean the true Vladimir Illich on one of those kitschy Socialist Realism paintings. It is hilarious! The resemblance is so striking that it cannot be a coincidence.

The story is not good – well, hardly existing, the editing is chaotic, the unrestored print used for the DVD occasionally badly scratched. But some scenes are really well directed, the acting, the set design and the photography are above average. As often in Italian movies of the period: interesting details, messy as a whole. The movie is principally a comedy. Tony Lo Bianco is hilarious as a small time pimp who thinks the Don is god (he plays a mixture of Roberto Benigni and Eric Roberts in Runaway Train). Van Cleef's adversary is played by Jean Rochefort, a great French character actor who more often plays roles in powdered wigs. There are elements of Film Noir, interesting interiors and lighting and a long and very funny car chase. It's the kind of movie that smart guys like Quentin Tarantino learned from, I guess. And if you like old Alfa Romeo police cars skidding through narrow alleys and Edwige Fenech bare breasted, you are really in for a treat.


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