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The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Il silenzio dei prosciutti (original title)
The federal agent Joe Dee Foster is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.

Director:

Ezio Greggio

Writer:

Ezio Greggio
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezio Greggio Ezio Greggio ... Antonio Motel
Dom DeLuise ... Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza
Billy Zane ... Jo Dee Fostar
Joanna Pacula ... Lily Wine
Charlene Tilton ... Jane Wine
Martin Balsam ... Det. Martin Balsam
Stuart Pankin ... Insp. Pete Putrid
John Astin ... The Ranger
Phyllis Diller ... Old Secretary
Bubba Smith ... Olaf
Larry Storch ... Sergeant
Rip Taylor ... Mr. Laurel
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Motel (The Mother)
Nedra Volz ... Ranger's Wife
Andre Rosey Brown ... Motorcycle Cop (as Rosey Brown)
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A rookie FBI agent, Jo Dee Foster (Billy Zane), has been assigned to work on the case of the Psycho Killer, a killer who has killed over 120 people. But to find out more about the Psycho Killer, Jo is forced to meet Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (Dom DeLuise), a famous doctor turned cannibal who ate pizzas with human body parts. Meanwhile, Jo's girlfriend, Jane Wine (Charlene Tilton), has just stolen $400,000 in cash from her money-hungry boss, Mr. Laurel (Rip Taylor), so she and Jo can be happy, but gets lost in a really horrible storm, caused mostly by a special effects crew behind her car, and stops at the Cemetery Motel, where the owner, Antonio Motel (Ezio Greggio), is dominated by his insane mother ('Shelly Winters'). Written by Will

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Slark, raving comedy.

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Comedy | Thriller

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Country:

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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 March 1994 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the Hams See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rudy De Luca: Malicious Mel, the Checkout Maniac. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Motel: If you are still alive, who did I stab, stab to death?
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Spoofs Misery (1990) See more »

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PUSH/PULL
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Martin Balsam Amazes
7 July 2004 | by ecarleSee all my reviews

I can't think of another movie in which an actor replayed his most famous role...for laughs. Millions of people over several decades saw Martin Balsam as the Detective who Gets Killed on the Stairs in "Psycho" (1960). And here he was, 34 years later, playing his every scene from the original as a gag.

Unlike "Psycho" shower murder victim Janet Leigh, Balsam always refused to give interviews on his scenes in "Psycho," feeling it was given too much notice over his other films (he won the 1965 Oscar for "A Thousand Clowns.") I guess he was finally willing to revisit the detective -- for pay. Maybe it was revenge for Balsam to play the role in so bad a movie this time.

Yeah, "Silence of the Hams" is terrible, but as a film artifact, I find Balsam's appearance amazing. His physical appearance, too. He's a fair sight more elderly and frail in "Silence of the Hams" than he was in "Psycho," but he takes his staircase fall ("Again??!!") yet again with grace and humor. Intriguing: this was made by its star, Italian comedian Ezio Greggio, and Martin Balsam died in Italy about a year later. Balsam had appeared in many other Italian-made films. Was this film made in Italy?


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