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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

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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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

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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One of two movies where Dom DeLuise plays someone with the word "pizza" in their name. The other was Pizza the Hut in Spaceballs (1987). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Laurel: [tries to grab the bag of money from Olaf] That's mine, or I'll call the cops.
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Connections

References Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »

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O SOLE MIO
Sung by Dennis McNeil
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Nice old school spoof
12 December 2010 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

Damn. I find THIS funny? I must admit I'm really disappointed in myself, but oh well. "Silence Of The Hams" never even comes close to being well-written or well-directed, and like many spoofs it has a fair share of total groaners. I mean, we're talking about the kind of movie here that names a Hannibal Lecter spoof Dr.Animal Cannibal Pizza. I can barely comprehend how devastatingly witless that joke truly is. And then later a Norman Bates copy shows up and his name turns out to be, God help us all, Antonio Motel. And instead of Sharon Stone, there's...Sharon Bone. These makers really do not like overtime. Somehow though, the movie still has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, probably because writer/director/star Ezio Greggio got a lot of inspiration from "Naked Gun". The entire script feels like Frank Drebin could walk in any second, the dialogues are crammed with all kinds of stupid misunderstandings. I also very much liked Antonio's narration, which usually provides the biggest laughs of them all. If you turn of your brain completely, this movie is great. If you don't: courage.


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