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Johnny Stecchino (1991)

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A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.

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Roberto Benigni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Dante / Johnny Stecchino
Nicoletta Braschi ... Maria
Paolo Bonacelli ... D'Agata
Franco Volpi Franco Volpi ... Ministro
Ivano Marescotti Ivano Marescotti ... Dr. Randazzo
Turi Scalia Turi Scalia ... Giudice
Loredana Romito Loredana Romito ... Gianna
Alessandro De Santis Alessandro De Santis ... Lillo
Sal Borgese ... Ignazio
Gaetano Campisi Gaetano Campisi ... Picciotto in auto
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Cardinale
Domenico Minutoli Domenico Minutoli ... Questore di Palermo
Georgia O'Brien Georgia O'Brien ... Moglie del ministro (as Giorgia O'Brien)
Ignazio Pappalardo Ignazio Pappalardo ... Cozzamara
Gigliola Reina Gigliola Reina
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Storyline

Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her car he meets Maria, who seems immediately enamoured of him. He is soon invited to her sumptuous Palermo villa, little suspecting that this is part of a plot. He bears an amazing likeness to Maria's stool-pigeon gangster husband and it would be convenient for them if the mobster, in the shape of Dante, was seen to be dead and buried. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sometimes a banana is just a banana !

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 October 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Toothpick See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$574,392
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Stecchino and wife Maria are played by Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi, who are married in real life. See more »

Goofs

In a scene in the basement, where the real Johnny is talking with his lawyer, he doesn't have the mole on his right side. That mole is significant, because it's the only thing that's different between him and Dante. See more »

Quotes

Maria: Santa Cleopatra.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. version released in theaters and on VHS is about 20 minutes shorter that the full Italian version. It trims several conversations including the final scene with Lillo sniffing cocaine. See more »

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Santa Cleopatra
10 October 2005 | by therubiconSee all my reviews

I think I learned Italian from this movie, I watched it so many times.

I've simply never loved a movie as so cute and funny as this, its well worth tracking it down, Its still pretty available if you know the right places to look.

Roberto and Nicoletta are perfect together on and off screen, truly a mating of Eagles as the Romans would say.

take the perfect vaudeville act, Where you have some idiot who is just a heart of Gold, mix in a scheming Mafia donna, take a bunch of Italians in good suits add a little illegal narcotics done by politicans.

Steal a banana or two, and then change places with a murderous Cut throat assasino. What do you get? Superb cinema.


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