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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 »

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Anne Bancroft

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Anne Bancroft
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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 ... 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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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

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Brooksfilms See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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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

When Lydia comes to see Dom in his apartment, he pulls the covers over himself while lying in bed. The covers are low in his lap, but when the camera angle changes, they're much higher up on his body. See more »

Quotes

Dominick DiNapoli: Mrs. Goodman, would you be my chubby checker?
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Funiculi, Funicula
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Written by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco
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"You don't know how to run your plate, Junior"
30 December 2006 | by brujay-1See all my reviews

As did Red Skelton in his time, Dom DeLuise has a very sweet on-screen persona. He's the kind of guy you'd trust your kids to.

Anne Bancroft, a multi-talented lady sorely missed, wrote and directed a picture here on a topic not ever before focused on, overeating. Given that the US has become the fattest country on earth and the most obsessed with weight loss, it's surprising no filmmaker has ever taken the topic on the way they have drugs or drinking or racism. Maybe it's just too close to home.

The funny thing is that DeLuise himself, unlike some of the bit players in the picture, is not all that fat, seriously chubby, to be sure, not bathing suit material, but not really obese. Never mind. He's told he is and thinks he is and has a hell of a confused and guilty time with it. "Why does everybody want me to be skinny?" he asks himself. "I'm not such a bad guy."

The "message," that love conquers all shortcomings, including gluttony, is a little pat and predictable. But it would be churlish to come down hard on such a well-meaning, well- written, well-directed and well-played comedy. Catch it when you can.


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