32 user 17 critic

The Monster (1994)

Il mostro (original title)
1:34 | Trailer
After a series of bizarre actions, Loris is mistaken for a serial killer. Jessica, a policewoman in undercover, will try to induce him to commit a murder.


Roberto Benigni


Roberto Benigni (story), Vincenzo Cerami (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Loris
Michel Blanc ... Paride Taccone
Nicoletta Braschi ... Jessica Rossetti
Dominique Lavanant ... Jolanda Taccone
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Roccarotta
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Frustalupi
Ivano Marescotti ... Pascucci
Franco Mescolini Franco Mescolini ... Chinese Teacher
Massimo Girotti ... Distinguished Resident
Luciana Palombi Luciana Palombi ... Claudia (as Luciana Pieri Palombi)
Vittorio Amandola ... Antique dealer
Rita Di Lernia Rita Di Lernia ... Moglie Antiquario (as Maria Rita Bresadola di Lernia)
Gennaro Morrone Gennaro Morrone ... Edicolante
Vincenzo Vitagliano Vincenzo Vitagliano ... Lodger
Giulio Turli Giulio Turli ... Tall man


A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). Undercover policewoman Jessica is assigned by eccentric police psychologist Taccone to follow Loris and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Released on 22 October 1994, the film grossed over 35 billion lire, making it the highest grossing hit in the 1994/1995 season. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the French version, Patrick Timsit dubbed Loris and Isabel Otero dubbed Jessica. See more »


Referenced in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: II Mostro (2017) See more »

User Reviews

Benigni's funniest movie
26 February 2001 | by maitregSee all my reviews

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Benigni is a genius when it comes to comedy, the modern Charlie Chaplain. After `Life is Beautiful', this is probably his best movie.

A sex-crazed serial killer is on the loose and has already killed a dozen women. When the goofy Loris (Benigni) is mistaken for the killer and the local police launch a 24-hour surveillance of his crazy life, the laughs begin and never end. Benigni's real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi, also in `Life is Beautiful', stars in this one as well as a police officer who goes undercover to catch him in the act. She sublets (illegally) his apartment and movies in with him to try to entice him into his sexual psychosis. When normal life fails, she then must dance around the apartment naked shoving her genitalia right into his face.

It's a little on the edge, but in the tradition of Benigni comedy, is still quite tasteful. 17 and over only though. Sexually explicit scenes all over the place, but no nudity.

23 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Italy | France


Italian | Chinese

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,793, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed