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One Man Up (2001)

L'uomo in più (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 September 2001 (Italy)
The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Bellezza) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Servillo ... Tony Pisapia
Andrea Renzi ... Antonio Pisapia
Antonino Bruschetta ... Genny (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Franca
Nello Mascia Nello Mascia ... Il Molosso
Peppe Lanzetta ... Salvatore
Stefania Barca Stefania Barca ... Monica
Italo Celoro Italo Celoro ... Football coach
Clotilde Sabatino Clotilde Sabatino ... Vanna
Marzio Honorato Marzio Honorato ... Tagliaferri
Rosaria De Cicco Rosaria De Cicco ... Maria
Roberto De Francesco Roberto De Francesco ... Gigi Moscati
Maurizio Coccorullo Maurizio Coccorullo ... Filippo Reale
Beniamino Femiano Beniamino Femiano ... President
Monica Nappo ... Veronica
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The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Bellezza) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts the decline of two men both named Antonio Pisapia who lead entirely separate yet strangely parallel lives. One (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah) is a pop singer who finds himself washed up after a sex scandal ends his run of success; the other (Andrea Renzi) a football hero whose playing career is abruptly cut short by injury. Sharply observed and featuring excellent performances from the two leads, Sorrentino's compelling film explores the personal consequences wrought by cruel reversals of fortune. Written by Anonymous

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Nella vita non esiste il pareggio.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

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One Man Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Dolby Digital

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The two songs performed by Antonio "Tony" Pisapia, "La Notte" and "Lunghe Notti da Bar", are original tracks co-written by Peppe Servillo (Tony Servillo's brother) and Paolo Sorrentino for the movie. Tony Servillo sings these two songs in the movie, without post production dubbing. See more »

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Written by John McCrea (as J. McCrea) and Greg Brown
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Solid effort
3 March 2014 | by RaidonDSee all my reviews

Paolo Sorrentino has become one of the few major writer/director talents from Italy. Whether you will like his movies will depend on your preference for Italy's culture and way of storytelling, in Sorrentino's case a rather intellectualized, stylized approach to drawing his characters, often at the expense of believability of plot or his progenitor's actions. Having said that, this holds especially true for this early work of his from '01, loosely drawn on two figures from Italian public life of the 80's - a budding soccer player and a pop star in the Adriano Celentano vein. Without giving away any of the details, suffice to say that this film is one of Sorrentino's lesser efforts, especially the ending which doesn't make much sense.


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