Johnny Stecchino

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"Sometimes a banana is just a banana!"
  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 7.2  (11,286)

Johnny Stecchino is an Italian comedy movie released in 1991. Directed, co-written, and starring Roberto Benigni, the film revolves around the character of Dante, a bus driver and an innocent man living in Palermo, Southern Italy. Dante is frequently mistaken for Mafia gangster Johnny Stecchino due to their physical resemblance. The Mafia boss, Don Vincenzo, is trying to get rid of his wife Nicoletta, who is having an affair with Johnny Stecchino. Don Vincenzo hatches a plan to frame Johnny with a bomb and send him to New York disguised as a courier. The bomb would explode mid-air and kill Johnny, while Nicoletta will be safe since she will be untraceable.

Dante becomes involved in this scheme when Nicoletta asks him to take her to the airport to send a package to New York. Dante accepts the request and becomes Johnny's unwitting accomplice in the mafia's plan to silence him. However, due to his innocence and lack of knowledge about the situation, Dante unintentionally becomes the hero of the story, and the whole plan fails.

Roberto Benigni's performance as Dante has been widely acclaimed for its comic timing, innocence, and awkwardness. His character resonates with the viewers, as they can relate to his struggles and emotional journey. The film is a satire on the Italian Mafia, politics, and society.

The movie's direction is notable for its use of unconventional camera angles, quick cuts, and editing techniques. The cinematography showcases the beauty of Palermo's streets, architecture, and landmarks.

The film's soundtrack, composed by Nicola Piovani, complements the visuals, enhancing the overall mood and tone of the film. The music alternates between cheerful, lively, and poignant, adding depth and emotion to the story.

Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life partner, plays the role of the seductive and resourceful Nicoletta. Paolo Bonacelli delivers an excellent performance as the menacing Don Vincenzo, a character who is both comic and terrifying.

The movie explores themes of identity, duplicity, and power play. Though the subject matter is serious, the movie handles it with a light touch and a satirical edge, making it an enjoyable and entertaining experience.

Overall, Johnny Stecchino is a delightful movie, full of laughter, emotion, and social commentary. Benigni's direction and acting, along with the cinematography, music, and supporting cast, makes it a must-watch for Italian comedy lovers and movie buffs alike.

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    7.2  (11,286)