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Amici miei (1975)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 18 July 1976 (USA)
Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Pietro Germi (story), Piero De Bernardi (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Lello Mascetti
Gastone Moschin ... Rambaldo Melandri
Philippe Noiret ... Giorgio Perozzi
Duilio Del Prete ... Necchi
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Donatella Sassaroli
Silvia Dionisio ... Titti
Franca Tamantini ... Carmen
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Nora Perozzi
Milena Vukotic ... Alice Mascetti
Bernard Blier ... Righi Niccolò
Adolfo Celi ... Professor Sassaroli
Marisa Traversi Marisa Traversi ... Bruna, l'amante di Perozzi
Maurizio Scattorin Maurizio Scattorin ... Luciano Perozzi
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... Nun
Mario Scarpetta Mario Scarpetta ... Paolini, the policeman
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Storyline

Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every free moment together organizing complex and terrible jokes to all the people they meet, or just wandering around Tuscany. One of these crazy trips ends up in the hospital run by military-like Professor Sassaroli. Melandri falls in love with his wife, and steals her from the husband, much to the delight of Sassaroli himself. The relationship won't last but the Professor becomes the fifth member of the team of friends, and jokes get even more complicated and powerful. Written by Alessio F. Bragadini <alessio@post.com>

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The Two James Boys. The Three Musketeers. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. And now comes The five frueffendoffle friends...They're quadran your frawstall! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcata, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Phillippe Noiret is voiced over by Renzo Montagnani that will play Guido Necchi in Amici Miei Atto II and Amici Miei Atto III. See more »

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Amusing Italian comedy
16 April 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

My experience of Italian comedy before seeing this film extended only to the sex comedies featuring such beauties as Edwige Fenech and Barbara Bouchet, and although I enjoyed the humour in most of the ones I've seen; I have to admit that generally I enjoyed the films more because of the stars. My Friends is a straight Italian comedy and thus the reliance is on the jokes and situations more than sexy lead stars to sell it; and while I cant say that the film is laugh out loud funny (at least not to my tastes), this is a very good film and certainly one that will appeal to fans of Italian humour. The plot is fairly simple and, as the title suggests, basically just focuses on a group of four friends. They're all middle aged and have good professions (with one exception). They wander around town and get their kicks by pulling pranks and generally annoying people. The film features a number of plot threads; the first of which sees the gang land themselves in hospital and one of them ends up meeting the beautiful wife of the top surgeon.

My Friends is something of a film of two halves and I have to say that I enjoyed the first half more. The tone is always light and breezy although the film does get a bit more ambitious and involving in the second half and that doesn't suit it as well. There doesn't really seem to be a defining point to it; the only one I could see really was the idea of the central characters being older men and still enjoying life. The lead characters are depicted as almost being like children and that's one of the film's biggest running jokes and seeing grown men mess around like the characters in this film has a sort of surreal humour of it's own. The film focuses more on situation than any actual gags and we do get some interesting and well worked scenes that are very funny; seeing a load of middle aged men slapping passengers on a train for example is fun to watch. I would imagine that most of this film's fans are native Italians and I can't see a film like this ever being a big hit outside of it's native country - but for fans of Italian movies, this comedy is a winner.


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