Johnny Stecchino (1991)

Johnny Stecchino (1991)

Released: 1991
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Genre, Romance
Director: Roberto Benigni
Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, ,
Run time: 102 min
IMDb: 7.2/10
Country: Italy
Views: 157096


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}
User Reviews: The genius with which Benigni weaves plots is most clearly displayed in this film. Nothing in the film is left to chance. Every scene, every action is (eventually) connected to others in a hilarious web. I’ve seen this movie 6 or 7 times. My wife wants to rent it again! and I will watch it for the 7th or 8th, having fun and marveling at the intricacies of the plot.

An early episode is a silly parlor game called "the cabinet member’s wife." What is that about? What’s funny about that. It isn’t, but the game returns about three-quarters of the way through with surprising twists.

People who don’t watch foreign films because they don’t like reading subtitles are missing a world of great films, and this is one of the best.

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