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A Chinese in a Coma (2000)

C'era un cinese in coma (original title)
The gala night of a beauty contest held in a seaside resort, where "Miss Queen of Hearts" is about to be elected, is ruined by a sudden and windy storm that gets on Ercole Preziosi's nerves... See full summary »

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Carlo Verdone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Verdone ... Ercole Preziosi
Beppe Fiorello ... Nicola 'Niki' Renda
Marit Nissen ... Eva
Anna Safroncik
Nanni Tamma Nanni Tamma
Giorgia Bongianni Giorgia Bongianni
Annalisa Cucchiara Annalisa Cucchiara
Rosaura Marchi Rosaura Marchi
Roberta Mancino ... Ragazza foto nude
Romano Sommadossi Romano Sommadossi
Luisa Nardelli Luisa Nardelli
Lucia Nardelli Lucia Nardelli
Mohamed Badrsalem Mohamed Badrsalem ... Amir (as Mohamed Badr Salem)
Tatiana Illari Dell'acqua Tatiana Illari Dell'acqua
Sonia Tozzi Sonia Tozzi
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The gala night of a beauty contest held in a seaside resort, where "Miss Queen of Hearts" is about to be elected, is ruined by a sudden and windy storm that gets on Ercole Preziosi's nerves, the entertainment manager who has organized and now hosts the show. The audience is restless and Ercole insults them, breaking off and fleeing on his old Mercedes, where his chauffeur Nicola, a twenty-seven year old guy from Sicily, is waiting. In the car, as usual, Nicola tells Ercole some jokes to try and relax him. Ercole is married to Eva, a Russian woman he met twenty years before. They have a seventeen year old daughter, Maruska. He loves them very much, but his work keeps him away from home quite often. Eva and Maruska accuse him of being absent-minded and superficial towards them. Ercole's entertainment agency, "Kings and Queens", has a second rate choice of artists whose shining star is the talented comedian Rudy Sciacca. Ercole has organized a show for the closing night of a business ... Written by X

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chinese in a Coma See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiavari, Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 94252 delivered on 18-2-2000. See more »

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References I Vitelloni (1953) See more »

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Please Don't Go
Written by Harry Wayne Casey - Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
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14 March 2000 | by james-81See all my reviews

"C'era un cinese in coma" is reminiscent of Verdone's 1996 film "Sono pazzo di Iris Blonde" in that both have as their plot Verdone the show business pro guiding his young discovery on the road to fame and fortune, eventually eclipsing Verdone's capacity to control the situation. The co-star in this movie is male however, unlike the love-interest-with-a-younger-woman theme in most of Verdone's films.

When Ercole Preziosi (Verdone) discovers that his driver, Niki Renda, has a natural talent for "sexy comedy", he puts him on the stage. How will Niki deal with his instant celebrity status? How will it affect Ercole and Niki's friendship and Ercole's family relationships?

The title of the film refers to a joke, mentioned continually throughout the film. For the punch line, you'll have to wait patiently until the end.


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