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Screw Loose (1999)

Svitati (original title)
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The owner of an Italian natural food company has a heart attack and asks his son, Bernardo, to find the man who saved his life in World War II and bring him to his deathbed. He does so and ... See full summary »


Ezio Greggio


Rudy De Luca (as Rudy DeLuca), Steve Haberman



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezio Greggio ... Bernardo Puccini
Mel Brooks ... Jake Gordon
Julie Condra ... Dr. Barbara Collier
Gianfranco Barra ... Guido Puccini
Randi Ingerman ... Sofia
John Karlsen ... Dr. Caputo
Enzo Iacchetti Enzo Iacchetti ... Factory Guard
Ric Ric ... Father Superior (as Riccardo Miniggio)
Claudio Parachinetto Claudio Parachinetto ... Dr. Faccinaro
Dario Ballantini Dario Ballantini ... Michel Bois
Pietro Ghislandi Pietro Ghislandi ... Monk
Zoe Incrocci ... Mrs. De Luca
Robert Dawson ... Dr. Hugo
Sofia Milos ... Woman in Airport
Charly Bertoni Charly Bertoni ... Montecarlo Policeman (as Charlie Bertoni)


The owner of an Italian natural food company has a heart attack and asks his son, Bernardo, to find the man who saved his life in World War II and bring him to his deathbed. He does so and finds the man in a sanitarium and must deal with his hijinks all the way back to Milan. Written by Wesley Lovell <oscarguy@swbell.net>

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Ti faranno ridere...da matti!


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some brief nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Screw Loose See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ezio Greggio is a famous Italian TV presenter. Many people who work in TV with him have minor roles in this film. See more »


Boom microphone reflected in revolving door as Bernardo and Dr. Barbara enter Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. See more »


References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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Very Screwy!
28 December 2011 | by albrechtcmSee all my reviews

In this screw loose screwball comedy, Mel Brooks is on a roll. Bernardo (Ezio Greggio) "opens" for Mel Brooks with his memorable parking lot shtick, then...

Elderly Guido Puccini has a large "natural" foods factory in Italy. When he suffers a severe heart attack he summons his inept and browbeaten son, Bernardo, to his bedside. He tells Bernardo that in WWII, a statue fell on him, pinning him to the ground in battle. An American soldier, Jake Gorden, removed the statue and helped Puccini get away and survive. Now Puccini wants Bernardo to go to America, get Jake, and bring him back to Italy so Puccini can see him once more before he dies. He intends to give Jake half the company out of gratitude for Jake's having saved his life.

Dutifully, Bernardo sets off to America. He finds Jake in a mental institution.

That's only the start of the insanity as Bernardo tries to get Jake to Puccini's bedside before the old man dies.

Okay, a number of the jokes and gags are pretty shopworn. We even swipe Herbert Lom's famous facial and eye tics. But what the heck! It's such a pleasure to watch Mel Brooks in action, and his buddy Ezio Greggio keeps up in excellent fashion. Between them, they came up with a sort of buddy film that will keep you rolling in laughter at the zaniness.

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