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Fantozzi (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 March 1975 (Italy)
A good-natured but unlucky Italian is constantly going on a difficult situations, but never lose his mood.

Director:

Luciano Salce

Writers:

Leonardo Benvenuti (screenplay) (as Leo Benvenuti), Piero De Bernardi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Villaggio ... Rag. Ugo Fantozzi
Anna Mazzamauro Anna Mazzamauro ... Signorina Silvani
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Rag. Filini
Giuseppe Anatrelli Giuseppe Anatrelli ... Geom. Calboni
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Gran Maestro, Conte Diego Catellani
Liù Bosisio Liù Bosisio ... Pina Fantozzi
Dino Emanuelli ... Collega di Fantozzi (as Bernardino Emanuelli)
Plinio Fernando Plinio Fernando ... Mariangela Fantozzi
Paolo Paoloni ... Mega Direttore Galattico Duca Conte G.M.Balabam
Elena Tricoli Elena Tricoli ... Teresa Catellani
Pietro Zardini Pietro Zardini ... Rag. Fonelli
Artemio Antonini Artemio Antonini ... Trucido che picchia Fantozzi
Amerigo Alberani Amerigo Alberani
Mirko Baiocchi Mirko Baiocchi ... Maestro Canello
Luciano Bonanni Luciano Bonanni ... Cliente al ristorante giapponese
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Storyline

Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of one year, shown in a variety of sketches, segments and provocative sequences making Fantozzi a very unlucky person indeed. Written by Stefano "SWEEVO" Pavone

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In 2004, with the release of the DVD-Video edition, a scene cut from the film version was reinstated. The scene is located immediately after the tennis match with Filini, and shows Fantozzi's first attempt to lose weight. The scene was then removed again from the restored cinematographic edition in 2015. In Fantozzi contro tutti (1980) the scene was reproposed and expanded, set in the same location (the Monumental Hospice of San Michele a Ripa in Rome) of the first movie. See more »

Quotes

Ugo Fantozzi: I didn't mean to kill your dog! I'll kill myself in the fish pond!
[jumps in]
Signorina Silvani: What are you doing?
Ugo Fantozzi: I'm examining the temperature of the fish pond.
Ugo Fantozzi: Behold, all of you. I have given you fish
[holds up two fish]
Ugo Fantozzi: and some fine white rice.
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Alternate Versions

The Italian DVD features a long sequence settled in a beauty farm, which was originally cut out of the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Followed by Fantozzi - Il ritorno (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

La Nuvola dell'Impiegato
Written by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
Performed by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
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A cornerstone of the 70'-80' Italian culture
8 January 2016 | by Francesco_RandisiSee all my reviews

Fantozzi is the first step in a long journey of movie that spanned over almost 3 decades. While the more and more the journey proceed, the authors seems to lose a the inspiration and the grip over the story and the peace of the comedy, the first two movies in this installment are a true masterpiece for the Italian culture. As a guy born in Italy in the early 80' I can understand the background and how this movie was somehow a portrait (of course exasperated) of a certain corporate mentality made of cowardice toward the powers and servile attitudes. All the ridiculous adventure of Mr Fantozzi are indeed a description of a desperate and unsuccessful attempt of a middle class man to rise in the society. There is more than it can be written about the Fantozzi series but something has to be said in advance: I can understand if a for a non-Italian this comedy might not be look particularly fun. It is indeed an Italian phenomenon, hard to explain if you have not the right background. I think also that to really appreciate this movie you should be fluent in Italian because most of the fun is lost in translation.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Japanese | French | German

Release Date:

27 March 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Фантоцци See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rizzoli Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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