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Nunzio (1978)

R | | Drama | 12 May 1978 (USA)
Protected by his brother, a mentally impaired Brooklynite pretends he's Superman and becomes a hero.

Director:

Paul Williams

Writer:

James Andronica
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Proval ... Nunzio
James Andronica James Andronica ... Jamesie
Morgana King ... Mrs. Sabatino
Joe Spinell ... Angelo
Tovah Feldshuh ... Michelle
Maria Smith Maria Smith ... Carol Sabatino (as Maria Smith-Caffey)
Vincent Russo Vincent Russo ... Jo Jo
Jaime Alba Jaime Alba ... Bobby
Theresa Saldana ... Maryann
Glenn Scarpelli ... Georgie
Tony Panetta Tony Panetta ... Georgie's Friend
Steve Gucciardo Steve Gucciardo ... Carmine
Charlet Oberly Charlet Oberly ... Customer
Sal Maneri Sal Maneri ... JoJo's Friend
Anthony Esemplare Anthony Esemplare ... JoJo's Friend
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Storyline

Protected by his brother, a mentally impaired Brooklynite pretends he's Superman and becomes a hero.

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You'll feel so good after you see NUNZIO

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Alternate Versions

A pivotal sex scene was trimmed to get the film a PG rating by the MPAA. Nearly a year after the film's limited release, both PG and R-rated versions were shown on cable television. See more »

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Features The Woody Woodpecker Show (1940) See more »

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Sherry
Written by Bob Gaudio
courtesy of Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio
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Criminally underrated film
12 October 2019 | by bentley-darrinSee all my reviews

I remember seeing Nunzio on WHT (Wometco Home Theater) which was a pay TV service that pre-dated cable. The film left such an impression on me that I haven't forgotten it to this day.

I won't go into the plot as it's been covered here but David Proval's performance as a mentally challenged delivery boy is heartbreaking and pitch perfect.

His brother, played by the excellent James Andronica (who also wrote the script), loves Nunzio and protects him, as any big brother should.

While the script may be formulaic, it works.

David Proval and James Andronica are clearly committed here and the way they captured the lives of these characters was terrific. It feels very genuine and authentic as NYC is practically a character in and of itself.

If you can see this film (there are a few websites streaming an old WHT version, but the quality is poor), check it out, you won't regret it.

The fact that this movie hasn't been released on DVD/Blu-ray is very sad.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eagle Flies See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$52,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,195
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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