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Banana Joe (1982)

A man is living happily on an island with his family, growing bananas. When a local mobster with an eye on man's property tries to take it from him, he must go to the town for the first time to get some help.

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Steno

Writers:

Mario Amendola (screenplay) (as Amendola), Bruno Corbucci (screenplay) (as Corbucci) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Spencer ... Banana Joe
Marina Langner Marina Langner ... Dorianne
Mario Scarpetta Mario Scarpetta ... Manuel
Gianfranco Barra Gianfranco Barra ... Torcillo
Enzo Garinei Enzo Garinei ... Engineer Moreno
Gunther Philipp Gunther Philipp ... Sarto (as Gunter Philipp)
Giorgio Bracardi Giorgio Bracardi ... Sergente Martino
Gisela Hahn ... Woman in Perfume Advertisement (as Gisela Hann)
Nello Pazzafini ... Torcillo's Truck Driver
Carlo Reali Carlo Reali ... Police Captain
Salvatore Basile ... Police Officer (as Salvo Basile)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Club's Manager
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Torcillo's Thug
Benito Pacifico Benito Pacifico ... Torcillo's Thug
Sergio Smacchi Sergio Smacchi ... Torcillo's Thug
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Storyline

A man is living happily on an island with his family, growing bananas. When a local mobster with an eye on man's property tries to take it from him, he must go to the town for the first time to get some help.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's big, he's funny, he's... Banana Joe. You'll love him!

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 April 1982 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Baba Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Set in the South American tropics, this film and Bud Spencer's previous picture, were both tropical setting movies for Spencer, as that film had been the Pacific Island set "Who finds a friend finds a treasure" (Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro (1981)). See more »

Goofs

During the truck racing scene, obvious miniatures are used for the off-road crash shots. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain: I don't know how you expect me to give you a license when you don't even know your surname, your father's name, your mother's name, your place of birth! It means you don't exist!
Banana Joe: I'm standing here right in front of you that means I must exist...
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Soundtracks

Banana Joe
(uncredited)
Written by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis (as Olimpio)
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Don't forget; cinema is about enjoyment...
18 May 2001 | by eliefSee all my reviews

And that's exactly what it is; pure bud enjoyment. OK, it's not a Fellini and in the stream of the ''big booted comedies'' Spencer and hill got us used with, this one fits perfectly. But look closer. Buffoons are never recognized to their full value. If Pedersoli was to play dramatic roles with the same intensity as the one he gives to his comedy characters to make us happy, he would have been one of the most recognized actor of the times. Unfortunately, in banana Joe people tend to see only the comedy part of the movie. But the satyr about the economic system and the bureaucracy is so delightful... I gave this movie a score of 7 for overall quality and intelligence in its credo. Thank you Mr. Pedersoli for having made the choice of becoming a comedian over a dramatist.


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