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Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)

Spike Fumo is an Italian kid apsiring to be a boxer. He falls in love with a rich girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. Spike is threatened to leave Bensonhurst by the mob... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Morrissey

Writers:

Alan Bowne (additional dialogue), Paul Morrissey (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Mitchell ... Spike Fumo
Ernest Borgnine ... Baldo Cacetti
Anne De Salvo ... Sylvia Cacetti
Sylvia Miles ... Congresswoman
Geraldine Smith ... Helen Fumo
Antonia Rey ... Bandanas Mother
Rick Aviles ... Bandana
Maria Pitillo ... Angel
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Blondie
Christopher Anthony Young Christopher Anthony Young ... Carmine
Mario Todisco Mario Todisco ... Tortorella
Rodney Harvey ... Frankie
Talisa Soto ... India
Frank Adonis ... Vinaca
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Pete Fumo
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Spike Fumo is an Italian kid apsiring to be a boxer. He falls in love with a rich girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. Spike is threatened to leave Bensonhurst by the mob, and then goes to a poverty-stricken Puerto Rican part of Brooklyn. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Meet Spike Fumo from Bensonhurst. You may want to marry him. You may want to kill him. But you've got to love him. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Throw Back! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$623,112
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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A Truly Informed, Brilliant Satire Crying Out For Release On DVD.
23 April 2008 | by griffinmill27516See all my reviews

Alan Bowne, sadly, will not be around to enjoy SPIKE's reemergence (assuming that Image gets off its ass and publishes a long-awaited anamorphic DVD release); but the film's many fans will rejoice. Image published a pan-and-scan transfer on LaserDisc in 1989.

In other reviews of the film on this site, some (perhaps myopic?) individuals skewer SPIKE for its depiction of certain Italian characters - failing to notice that the foibles of women, Jews, gays, Puerto Ricans and W.A.S.P.s share equal billing. Morrissey & Bowne's targets were hypocrisy and bigotry. The score - a double bullseye.

Viva Spike Of Bensonhurst. While we're asking, may we have an official DVD release of Andy Warhol's BAD, another classic of the period?


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