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Velvet Hands (1979)

Mani di velluto (original title)
Engineer Quiller has become rich by selling his completely indestructible shop-window glass to jeweleries around the world. But this got him lots of enemies too: the insurance agencies, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Franco Castellano (as Castellano), Giuseppe Moccia (as Pipolo)

Writers:

Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia (as Pipolo)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriano Celentano ... Guido Quiller
Eleonora Giorgi ... Tilli
John Sharp ... Benny
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Petula Quiller
Gino Santercole Gino Santercole ... Leo Di Giordano
Memo Dittongo Memo Dittongo ... Momo
Ania Pieroni ... Maggie
Giancarlo Tondinelli Giancarlo Tondinelli
Pippo Santonastaso Pippo Santonastaso ... Inspector
Gianni Zullo Gianni Zullo ... Il nonno
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Van Clyft
Walter Valdi Walter Valdi
Sandro Ghiani Sandro Ghiani
Pietro Tordi Pietro Tordi
Sergio Tardioli Sergio Tardioli
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Engineer Quiller has become rich by selling his completely indestructible shop-window glass to jeweleries around the world. But this got him lots of enemies too: the insurance agencies, who've lost hundreds of customers, and the burglarers. When he temporarily looses his memory and voice in an accident, of all people, a family of thieves finds and cares for him - believing he's a pocket-picker. Things get complicated when he falls in love with his host Tilli. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Romance

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Good cast, good story, and pretty entertaining (even in Italian)
28 November 2013 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

It's kind of an interesting story how I got into watching 70's Italian sex comedies. Like many other people, I'm a big fan of Italian gialli and Italian crime thrillers, and I followed a couple of the alluring actresses that appeared in those--mainly Edwige Fenech and Gloria Guida--into some of their other Italian films (even though these were much less likely to be legitimately released and/or available in English-friendly editions). The vast majority of 70's Italian sex comedies are quite stupid and the only thing they really have going for them is a generous helping of female nudity. At some point though, I got to actually kind of LIKE these movies, especially the ones featuring comedians like Lando Buzzanco or Renzo Montagnini, but even some of the more infantile Italian buffoons like Alvaro Vitali or Lino Banfi have their moments. I've seen very little of the work of Adrian Celentano, who probably has the most laconic style of any of the male Italian comedians of that era, but this is by far the best of his movies that I've seen.

Like your better Italian comedies, this one actually has a PLOT! Celentano is an engineer who has invented a kind of theft-proof glass that has wreaked havoc in the criminal underworld. By chance, he meets a beautiful female thief (Eleanora Giorgi) who robs him on the subway and then later takes care of him after he gets in a bicycle accident. He gets mixed up with her crazy family, who are all thieves, and pretends to be a thief himself, all the while trying to hide his true identity.

This movies is actually pretty entertaining despite being in Italian and having pretty much no female nudity. Giorgi is a little higher class then most actresses that appeared in these movies (even if she rarely leaves her clothes on for an entire movie like she does here). She is actually quite good in this. Olga Karlatos (most famous from Lucio Fulci's "Zombi") doesn't have much to do though as Celentano's wife. The sexiest actress though might be Ania Pieroni, Centano's mistress in this, who had small but important parts in Fulci and Dario Argento movies (she was the original "Mother of Tears" in "Inferno"). She is smoldering hot in this movie even with her clothes on, but if you want to see a lot, um, more of her check out "Stay the Way You Are" where she plays the college roommate of a young Nastassia Kinski, but never actually shares the screen with her because I'm pretty sure it would have melted the celluloid in the camera. But enough rhapsodizing about sexy Italian actresses--suffice it to say this movie has a good cast, a good story, and is pretty entertaining (even in Italian). I'd recommend it.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Millionenfinger See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

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Capital Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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