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Chooch (2003)

The life of Dino Condito is about to take a surprising turn. After letting down his softball team by striking out in the bottom of the ninth, his crew brands him the chooch.


Lucas Limone




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Sialiano ... Narrator (voice)
Lucille Tomczyk Lucille Tomczyk ... Dino's Mother
Anthony Pellicci Anthony Pellicci ... Dino's Father
Paola Walker Paola Walker ... Ladonna
Carmine Famiglietti ... Dino Condito
Pete Medina Pete Medina ... Sergeant Major
Joe 'Pepper' Tomczyk Joe 'Pepper' Tomczyk ... Jubilene's Father
Joe Summa Joe Summa ... Jubilene Condito
Kiwi Limone Kiwi Limone ... Kiwi Condito
Nick Cerulli Nick Cerulli ... Sally Boy
Gino Cafarelli ... Nicol Rubino
Anthony Barrile Anthony Barrile ... Anthony Rubino
Ed Rossy Ed Rossy ... Soda Shop Gus
Nicholas Teofanis Nicholas Teofanis ... Soda Shop Patron #1
Jorge Cuevas Jorge Cuevas ... Soda Shop Patron #2


The life of Queens resident Dino Condito is about to take a surprising turn. After letting down his softball team by striking out in the bottom of the ninth against Hoboken, his crew brands him the chooch. Trying to cheer up his cousin Dino, Jubilene Condito cashes in his savings from his first holy communion and springs for a vacation to Cancun. You mean leave Queens? asks Dino, as if the thought had never occurred to him. But there's a mix-up on the way to the airport involving a mysterious bag of money. As soon as Dino and Jube land in Mexico, they're abducted by a pair of thugs and left in the desert at the mercy of a trio of soldiers. It takes reuniting Dino's old Queens crew, including Dino's beloved pet dachsund, to save the two cousins. Only after a jail bust, donkey ride, chicken coop explosion, and a life-changing love affair at the local bordello does the crew finally arrive to save the day. Returning home in triumphant glory with his reunited crew and newfound love Ladonna... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In the neighborhood of Bocci Park, Queens, God forbid you mess up and someone gives you a nickname. It can stick with you the rest of your life.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language

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Words and Music by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
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Great film, very fun and entertaining.
28 November 2005 | by dennsylvaniaSee all my reviews

Great film, very fun and entertaining. Whimsical, smart, unusual, quirky, and funny. Not a lot of so called comedies actually make me laugh anymore, but this one did, quite often. Very well written. Some of the antics in this film are so off the wall, you'll never see them coming! I'm not from New York, and I'm not Italian, but the viewer gets a real sense of community, family, and friends with these characters. You almost feel like you've grown up with this crazy "crew", like they're "those crazy guys" from your neighborhood. Great performance by Carmine Famiglietti as Dino, the deadbeat loser turned hero. And the character Ladonna is an almost silent part, so they needed to cast someone who could convey beauty and innocence, and receive the audience's compassion, without using words. WOW did they find the right actress, in first timer Paola Walker. What a darling beauty! The Mexican soldiers were hilarious, as was the cook. The many great supporting characters help make this film a great comedy. Many people will overlook this film due to it's low budget, and unknown cast, but that is a huge mistake. Others will write it off as silly, and juvenile. Well, sometimes silly is what makes us laugh in this overly serious, painfully normal world. Great film, check it out!

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Release Date:

24 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Deming, New Mexico, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,616, 29 August 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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