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Johnny Stecchino (1991)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 9, 1992

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Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country Italy

Studio C.G. Group Tiger Cinematografica Penta Film, C.G. Group Tiger Cinematografica, Penta Film

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Other Titles
• Johnny Stecchino
• Johnny Toothpick

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Genre: Comedy, Role-switching, Mistaken Identity, Gangsters, Slapstick, Farce

Plot: The Marx Brothers meet THE GODFATHER when the bumbling Dante (Roberto Benigni) discovers that there's nothing organized about organized crime in this hilarious tale of mistaken identity. A naive schoolbus driver, Dante finally meets the passionate woman of his dreams; unfortunately, she only wants him for his body--his dead body. Dante doesn't realize he looks just like mobster Johnny Stecchino and that femme fatale Maria (Nicoletta Braschi) is setting him up to be the victim of a hit so that she and husband Johnny can escape the crime world. The dim-witted innocent doesn't catch on fast; every time a round of gunfire goes off, Dante thinks he's being hunted for shoplifting a banana. JOHNNY STECCHINO reveals why Benigni has become Italy's most popular film comedian. Like Buster Keaton in 1934's LE ROI DE CHAMPS-ELYSEE or Charlie Chaplin in 1921's THE IDLE CLASS, Benigni hams it up playing two roles, seamlessly slipping back and forth between hapless Dante and the murderous Johnny Stecchino.

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 Directed by
Roberto Benigni
Life Is Beautiful, Night on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes
 Written by
Roberto Benigni
Life Is Beautiful, Night on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes
Vincenzo Cerami
Life Is Beautiful, Tigre e la neve, La, Piccolo diavolo, Il
Roberto Benigni
Life Is Beautiful, Night on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes
Ivano Marescotti
Hannibal, The Talented Mr. Ripley, King Arthur
Sal Borgese
Super Fuzz, Delusions of Grandeur, Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure
Nicoletta Braschi
Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law, Mystery Train
Paolo Bonacelli
Midnight Express, Night on Earth, Caligula
Franco Volpi
Perched on a Tree, Duel of the Titans, Regina per Cesare, Una
 Music By
Evan Lurie
Trees Lounge, Happy Accidents, The Monster

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