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Piranhas (2019)

La paranza dei bambini (original title)
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A gang of teenage boys stalk the streets of Naples armed with hand guns and AK-47s to do their mob bosses' bidding.

Director:

Claudio Giovannesi

Writers:

Roberto Saviano (novel), Claudio Giovannesi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Francesco Di Napoli Francesco Di Napoli ... Nicola
Viviana Aprea Viviana Aprea ... Letizia
Mattia Piano Del Balzo Mattia Piano Del Balzo ... Briatò
Ciro Vecchione Ciro Vecchione ... 'O Russ
Ciro Pellechia Ciro Pellechia ... Lollipop
Ar Tem Ar Tem ... Tyson
Alfredo Turitto Alfredo Turitto ... Biscottino
Pasquale Marotta Pasquale Marotta ... Agostino
Luca Nacarlo Luca Nacarlo ... Cristian
Carmine Pizzo Carmine Pizzo ... Limone
Valentina Vannino Valentina Vannino ... Madre di Nicola
Aniello Arena ... Lino Samataro
Roberto Carrano Roberto Carrano ... Caminiello
Adam Jendoubi Adam Jendoubi ... Aucelluzzo
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A gang of teenage boys stalk the streets of Naples armed with hand guns and AK-47s to do their mob bosses' bidding.

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The Kids Are Out To Play

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Neapolitan

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Piranhas See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,898, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$23,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,285,086
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The protagonist had not auditioned, had never enrolled in drama schools but as a job he was a baker and was taken for the right script for the type of boys See more »

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Where are the young boys of Naples headed, without a parent or a career to look forward to?
26 July 2019 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

The film evidently won the screenplay award at Berlin because it is very true to ground reality of Naples. The title is appropriate. Teenagers who cannot see a future, become small time Godfathers, collecting protection money and selling drugs, working in large groups to get a menacing visibility. My problem with the film: where are the cops? You see them just once during a wedding dinner sequence.

The film apparently uses non-actors. The lead role of Nicola played by Francesco di Napoli is notable, as is the role of his screen mother toiling away to make ends meet. Nicola's dad is never shown or discussed. Francesco could go places as an actor under the right director.

Average film--nothing great


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