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The Monster (1994)

Il mostro (original title)
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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 »
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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>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Roberto Benigni and Nicholetta Braschi who play main characters Loris and Jessica are married in real life. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the U.S.A. omits one four minute sequence which takes place early in the film and sets up Loris' (Benigni's) adversarial relationships with the manager of his apartment building as well as the little girl who throws dead cats in his apartment . The scene involves a tenants meeting inside a school gym. Loris has voted against the entire body and is invited to voice his objections. The manager ends up pursuing Loris to the top of a basketball hoop upon which the little girl shoots him with a water gun. Loris falls through the hoop which breaks and he ends up leaving with as much dignity as he can muster with the hoop net over his body. See more »


Spoofs Suspiria (1977) See more »

User Reviews

A perfect comedy!

What Einstein did for the world of science Benigni has done for the world of cinema.

Since being captivated and devastated (in a brilliantly sad way) by "La Vita e Bella", I've been eager to seek out other Benigni films. I was thrilled to find "Johnny Stecchino" and "Il Mostro" on the shelves of my local video store.

Both are works of comedic genius! While Benigni employs very similar formulas and plot devices (mistaken identity, physical humour and petty theft) the plots are vastly different but both equally hilarious. "Il Mostro", as well as "Johnny Stecchino" will have you laughing within a minute of pressing play on your VCR. Rent these both for a night of back to back gut-busting fun!

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Italian | Chinese

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,793, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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