Johnny Stecchino

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Johnny Stecchino is an Italian comedy film starring Roberto Benigni as the protagonist and director. This film is one of Benigni's many collaborations with co-star and wife, Nicoletta Braschi. During its release in 1991, it was the highest grossing film in Italy. read more

Johnny Stecchino is an Italian comedy film starring Roberto Benigni as the protagonist and director. This film is one of Benigni's many collaborations with co-star and wife, Nicoletta Braschi. During its release in 1991, it was the highest grossing film in Italy. This film follows the life of Dante, a quirky school bus driver (Benigni) for students with Down syndrome, who bears a striking resemblance to Johnny Stecchino, an Italian mafioso who is wanted by Sicilian mobsters for treason and murder. The film's plot begins to unravel when Dante meets Maria, the wife of Stecchino's, who begins her plan into tricking mobsters to kill Dante thinking he is Stecchino. The film takes several unexpected twists when Maria begins to fall for Dante, and it becomes clear that Dante cannot possibly be the cold blooded killer, Johnny Stecchino. The U.S. version released in theaters and on VHS is about 20 minutes shorter that the full Italian version. It trims several conversations including the final scene with Lillo sniffing cocaine.

Original Release

10/24/1991

US Release

10/24/1991

Cast

Roberto Benigni Dante / Johnny Stecchino
Nicoletta Braschi Maria
Paolo Bonacelli D'Agata
Franco Volpi Ministro
Ivano Marescotti Dr. Randazzo
Turi Scalia Giudice
Loredana Romito Gianna
Domenico Minutoli Questore di Palermo
Giulio Donnini Cardinale
Tony Sperandeo Picciotto in auto
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roberto Benigni

Writers

Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami

Cast

Producers

Editors

Nino Baragli

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