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La cura del gorilla (2006)

A bodyguard with split personality is hired to protect an elderly American actor sent to Italy to promote a western video game. They get on each other's nerves but eventually form a bond. He also meets a pretty social worker with problems.


Carlo A. Sigon


Sandrone Dazieri (book), Sandrone Dazieri (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Credited cast:
Claudio Bisio Claudio Bisio ... Gorilla / Socio
Stefania Rocca ... Vera Mezza
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Giò Pesce
Bebo Storti Bebo Storti ... Gipi
Gigio Alberti Gigio Alberti ... Luke
Fabio Camilli Fabio Camilli ... Don Giupponi
Kledi Kadiu Kledi Kadiu ... Adrian Patoil
Gisella Sofio Gisella Sofio ... Madre di Gorilla
Ernest Borgnine ... Jerry Warden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Federica Armillis Federica Armillis ... Madre Gorilla (Anni '60)
Enrico Ballardini Enrico Ballardini ... Ragazzo scale
Fabio Bezzi Fabio Bezzi ... Account agenzia
Stefano Chiodaroli ... Donati
Riccardo Cicogna ... Capo fascista
Alessandro Cremona Alessandro Cremona ... Spada


A bodyguard with split personality is hired to protect an elderly American actor sent to Italy to promote a western video game. They get on each other's nerves but eventually form a bond. He also meets a pretty social worker with problems.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller


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The character called "Gipi" has another name in the original book. Gipi is a completely different character which appears in the third book of the Gorilla's saga. See more »


References Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) See more »


Written by Domenico Modugno and Riccardo Pazzaglia
Performed by Vittorio Cosma
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Back to class Italian 'giallo'...
6 February 2006 | by belucySee all my reviews

For anyone who appreciates black humor and Italian 'gialli', and by that I mean the real Italian thing, not the many glossy, racy flicks with the beautiful girl, films which are more trashy than the most 'American' of Hollywood action films... then this is a refreshing return to form. Bisio plays a schizophrenic bodyguard-cum-detective (a 'gorilla' in Italian is a minder) who always finds himself, seemingly against his will, slap bang in the middle of the action. The two characters represented by his split personality are polar opposites, the only thing they agree on is that they leave each other notes to fill in the missing pieces when one takes over from the other. The film opens with what is supposedly Gorilla's last spat with the vile criminal underclass, but of course things don't go the Gorilla's way; an incidental meeting with a feisty Stefania Rocca, who works at a social center for immigrants, throws him right into a complicated tale of exploitation, prostitution, illegal immigration and murder. The themes dealt with couldn't be more relevant, though they are considered from a different point of view to what we are always reading about in the papers about waves of immigrants invading the country. This film touches sensitively on the issues hidden from the newsroom cameras. The whole tale is framed by Gorilla's relationship with an aging American actor, played by Ernest Borgnine, brought to Italy to promote a new video game based on the cowboy films of old which he once appeared in. An initially conflictual relationship, the two surprisingly find that they both have something that the other needs, and that how the world sees us isn't set in stone. Borgnine's character has some interesting lines on how older people / stars are viewed and treated. Excellent acting from all the main actors, especially Rocca, admirable not just for her expressive and persuasive acting, but also for her refusal to bow to the demands of an industry led more by the plastic surgeon's scalpel than the director's hand. When I went to see this film it was being shown in the smallest of screening rooms in the cinema... I hope that it will get 'promoted' to the more spacious parts of the cinema, and that it is just one film in a new wave of genuine Italian detective films.

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3 February 2006 (Italy) See more »

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Cremona, Lombardia, Italy See more »


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