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Benur - Un gladiatore in affitto (2012)



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Cast overview:
Nicola Pistoia Nicola Pistoia ... Sergio
Paolo Triestino Paolo Triestino ... Milan
Elisabetta De Vito Elisabetta De Vito ... Maria
Teresa del Vecchio Teresa del Vecchio ... Avv. Ciccardelli
Stefano Fresi ... Camomilla
Mauro Mandolini Mauro Mandolini ... Cicerone
Giorgio Carosi Giorgio Carosi
Augusto Fornari Augusto Fornari ... Cicciarculo
Alessandra Costanzo Alessandra Costanzo ... Sig.ra Palladini
Lorenzo Ficini Lorenzo Ficini ... Paulo Roberto


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1 May 2013 (Italy) See more »

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Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Cute and funny social-realism with a twist
4 May 2013 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

This story is about a narrow-minded, loud-mouthed and stubborn Italian man, Sergio, who works as a tourist-attraction at the Colusseum, where he dresses up as a gladiator, and lets people take their photo with him. He used to be a relatively successful stuntman, and allegedly had a small part in the Hollywood classic, Ben-Hur. But as he grew older, there were no more stunt-jobs for him, so he has to make a living doing a job he doesn't like.

He lives with his sister, Maria, who has a job as a phone-sex operator, and frequently has dirty conversations with strange men on the phone, which really annoys Sergio, as he can't get any sleep with her constant moaning and groaning during the night.

But one day both their lives are completely changed, when they agree to host the Belorussian immigrant, Milan, who is a very talented worker, and he agrees to take on all sorts of odd-jobs to get by, including dressing up as a gladiator and standing in front of the Colusseum, so Sergio can take some time off, and do things he likes doing instead.

Along the way, there are a lot of funny and touching moments, and you either laugh or cry all the way throughout, right up until the anti-climatic ending, which looks very out of context with the rest of the film - studio tampering perhaps? Overall, a very nice movie with a lot of good moments - if there ever would be a Hollywood remake, I'm thinking James Caan as Sergio and Richard Jenkins as Milan would be great!

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