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Un uomo in ginocchio (1979)

Nino, a regular working-class guy, finds that a hitman has been hired to kill him. He discovers that a wealthy woman has been kidnapped and that everyone who was involved in it is being ... See full summary »

Director:

Damiano Damiani

Writers:

Nicola Badalucco, Damiano Damiani (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Nino Peralta
Eleonora Giorgi ... Lucia Peralta
Michele Placido ... Antonio Platamonte
Tano Cimarosa ... Sebastiano Colicchia
Ettore Manni ... Vincenzo Fabbricante
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Il commissario
Nello Pazzafini ... Patranka (as Giovanni Pazzafini)
Fabrizio Forte ... il figlio di Peralta
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla
Giovanni Giancono Giovanni Giancono
Francesca De Mattia Francesca De Mattia ... (as Francesco De Mattia)
Armando Zappi Armando Zappi
Francesco Tranchina Francesco Tranchina
Rodolfo Bigotti Rodolfo Bigotti ... Il figlio di pentito
Giampaolo Saccarola Giampaolo Saccarola ... Un malvivente (as Gampolo Saccarola)
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Nino, a regular working-class guy, finds that a hitman has been hired to kill him. He discovers that a wealthy woman has been kidnapped and that everyone who was involved in it is being killed off. However, Nino had nothing to do with the kidnapping and has to find out who has sent the killers and stop them before it's too late. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 April 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man on His Knees See more »

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Production Co:

Rizzoli Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Great crime drama
26 May 2011 | by gregorxivSee all my reviews

Nino used to be a car thief and served to years in prison. Now he makes a living by selling coffee and lemonade at a little stall. By chance he gets drawn into a war between two rivaling (mafia) families and finds himself on a death list. He tries to resolve the misunderstanding while keeping his little business and his dignity.

This crime drama by Damiano Damiani is situated in a bleak, rainy, dirty Palermo with little hope for a small time ex-convict like Nino. The police is weak and Nino never even considers asking them for help. The small fight and cheat amongst themselves with the bosses giving orders without being seen.

The film is shot in an unostentatious style and narrated in a similar matter-of-factly kind of way. A very good film yet utterly pessimistic.


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