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Johnny Stecchino (1991)

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A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.

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Roberto Benigni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Dante / Johnny Stecchino
Nicoletta Braschi ... Maria
Paolo Bonacelli ... D'Agata
Franco Volpi Franco Volpi ... Ministro
Ivano Marescotti ... Dr. Randazzo
Turi Scalia Turi Scalia ... Giudice
Loredana Romito Loredana Romito ... Gianna
Alessandro De Santis Alessandro De Santis ... Lillo
Sal Borgese ... Ignazio
Gaetano Campisi Gaetano Campisi ... Picciotto in auto
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Cardinale
Domenico Minutoli Domenico Minutoli ... Questore di Palermo
Georgia O'Brien Georgia O'Brien ... Moglie del ministro (as Giorgia O'Brien)
Ignazio Pappalardo Ignazio Pappalardo ... Cozzamara
Gigliola Reina Gigliola Reina
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Storyline

Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her car he meets Maria, who seems immediately enamoured of him. He is soon invited to her sumptuous Palermo villa, little suspecting that this is part of a plot. He bears an amazing likeness to Maria's stool-pigeon gangster husband and it would be convenient for them if the mobster, in the shape of Dante, was seen to be dead and buried. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sometimes a banana is just a banana !

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 October 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Toothpick See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,508, 11 October 1992

Gross USA:

$626,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$626,057
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The idea of a powerful man who attempts to trade places with an identical double when people want to kill him is reminiscent of the Louis XVI segment in History of the World: Part I (1981). See more »

Goofs

In a scene in the basement, where the real Johnny is talking with his lawyer, he doesn't have the mole on his right side. That mole is significant, because it's the only thing that's different between him and Dante. See more »

Quotes

Maria: Santa Cleopatra.
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian release is 122 minutes. The international release version is 7 minutes shorter. See more »

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The "Titanic" of Italy.
3 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Still the most successful film financially in the history of the Italian cinema, Roberto Benigni's "Johnny Stecchino" displays the actor's out-of-this-world talents. The movie is a tale of a high-class mobster named Johnny Stecchino (Benigni) who has testified against many crime syndicates to avoid prison time and is now in hiding. Enter the dim-witted Dante (Benigni again) who is discovered by Stecchino's wife (real-life wife Nicoletta Braschi) and is then unwittingly made to look, dress and act just like her criminal husband so Dante will be killed instead. The plan will hopefully allow Stecchino to leave the country with no difficulty. The mistaken identity routine plays amazingly well as Benigni dominates the action as he always seems to do. The supporting cast is good enough to keep the project above water. Benigni continues to be a master performer and cinematic craftsman. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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