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Fatso (1980)

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Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. ... See full summary »

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Anne Bancroft

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Anne Bancroft
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dom DeLuise ... Dominick DiNapoli
Anne Bancroft ... Antoinette
Ron Carey ... Frankie
Candice Azzara ... Lydia
Michael Lombard ... Charlie
Sal Viscuso ... Vito
Delia Salvi Delia Salvi ... Ida Rendino
Robert Costanzo ... Johnny
Estelle Reiner ... Mrs. Goodman
Richard Karron Richard Karron ... Sonny
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Zi Marie
Paul Zegler Paul Zegler ... Oscar Lapidus
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Nurse
Natasha Ryan ... Ann Marie
David Comfort David Comfort ... Anthony
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Storyline

Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. Antoinette, Dominick's sister, makes him promise to see a diet doctor and lose some weight. This is very hard for Dominick, but he tries. He also finds motivation when he meets Lydia, and he discovers a love that is more intense than his love of food. He spends so much time kissing and walking around with Lydia that he no longer eats as many unhealthy things, and he loses weight without even trying. Written by Siobhan Perricone

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fat shaming | diet | love | eating | food | See All (76) »

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Do Not Eat: See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gordito See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,653,061
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brooksfilms See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On this film, Brianne Murphy became the first female cinematographer to shoot a major studio, union picture. See more »

Goofs

In the museum, you can see the tape spikes to mark the actors' positions. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Did you ever suck the jelly out of a jelly doughnut and then fill it with chocolate swirl ice cream?
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Referenced in American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013) See more »

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Funiculi, Funicula
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Sad But Funny
11 May 2009 | by hfan77See all my reviews

I remember seeing Fatso for the first time in Madison, WI in 1980 and I thought it was a sad but funny movie. It was sad throughout several portions of the movie, including the opening scene when the DiNapoli family gathered at the funeral of cousin Sal, who died of obesity, motivating Dom's sister Antoinette (hysterically portrayed by Anne Bancroft in her movie debut as writer and director) to persuade him to make an appointment with the diet doctor.

Things go well until he threatens his brother (Ron Carey) with a knife and goes nuts and starts crying in self-pity and binges with his Chubby Checkers Sonny and Oscar. Meanwhile, things get back on track when he falls in love with Lydia, played by the lovely Candy Azzara but one day she's not home and Dom is so distraught so he eats a humongous order of Chinese food. Once again he wallows away in tears of self-pity. Once he finds out that Lydia is OK, things get back to normal, they get married and they live happily ever after.

There was one other scene that cracked me up. The scene where Dom bought a birthday cake for his nephew Anthony and he ate part of it, causing Antoinette to get hysterical and throw the cake around.

It's a shame that Dom DeLuise, who played Dom so well in his first starring role in a movie, Bancroft and Carey are gone. Fatso should be seen as a tribute to a fine and funny cast. Don't see it on an empty stomach.


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