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Fatso (1980)

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Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. ... See full summary »

Director:

Anne Bancroft

Writer:

Anne Bancroft
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dom DeLuise ... Dominick DiNapoli
Anne Bancroft ... Antoinette
Ron Carey ... Frankie
Candice Azzara ... Lydia
Michael Lombard Michael Lombard ... Charlie
Sal Viscuso ... Vito
Delia Salvi Delia Salvi ... Ida Rendino
Robert Costanzo ... Johnny
Estelle Reiner ... Mrs. Goodman
Richard Karron Richard Karron ... Sonny
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Zi Marie
Paul Zegler Paul Zegler ... Oscar Lapidus
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Nurse
Natasha Ryan ... Ann Marie
David Comfort David Comfort ... Anthony
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Storyline

Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. Antoinette, Dominick's sister, makes him promise to see a diet doctor and lose some weight. This is very hard for Dominick, but he tries. He also finds motivation when he meets Lydia, and he discovers a love that is more intense than his love of food. He spends so much time kissing and walking around with Lydia that he no longer eats as many unhealthy things, and he loses weight without even trying. Written by Siobhan Perricone

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fat shaming | diet | love | eating | food | See All (76) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gordito See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,653,061
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brooksfilms See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First producing credit for Stuart Cornfeld, who went on to produce two of Mel Brooks's films: The Elephant Man (1980) and History of the World: Part I (1981). Afterwards he began producing his own films, but enlisted Brooks's help again to finance The Fly (1986). See more »

Goofs

At Salvatore's wake, lighting equipment and crew can be seen in the reflection on the tuba. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Did you ever suck the jelly out of a jelly doughnut and then fill it with chocolate swirl ice cream?
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Just One of Those Things
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Written by Cole Porter
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Funny and endearing
10 January 2003 | by Ben7See all my reviews

I'm delighted to see this picture so well-appreciated among IMBD commenters a generation after its release. It never got the respect it deserved when it was new.

Someone has already noted the scene where Dom and his putative saviors discuss food as many men would discuss women. This film manages to be very funny, while remaining warm and insightful.

It's so good, one is tempted to wonder if Ms. Bancroft's husband Mel Brooks had an uncredited hand in its creation...though I hasten to add that I have no evidence to that effect whatsoever. In my humble opinion, she deserved the chance to direct other pictures.

And if you want to know how the picture really ends, watch the end credits all the way through for a shocker.


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