|Cast||Walter Chiari Maurizio Arena Ettore Manni Nieves Navarro Marisa Merlini Alberto Squillante Venantino Venantini Sergio Renda Ugo Bologna Franca Valeri Vittorio Caprioli Gianna Querel Francesca Pini Renzo Ozzano Guido Tasso Cristoforo Chiapperini Teodoro Signorile Mario Mancini Dino D'Este Gianna Doris Rota|
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|Italy released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Rip-off (La Bidonata):|
This delightful caper spoof was one of the most pleasant 'Euro-Cult' surprises, especially when considering that it could have been lost to us altogether: it's ironic - not to say chilling - that reality would imitate art so soon afterwards (the plot involves a kidnapping, and the producer was himself the victim of one in real-life, causing the film's release to be unceremoniously cancelled!). Walter Chiari, is wonderful here, in fact, his character (a would-be crook modeling himself on Alain Delon) especially recalls Gassman's stuttering mastermind in Mario Monicelli's classic BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (1958). The rest of the cast is equally well chosen: Maurizio Arena (a chubby song-and-dance man in a run-down variety act), Ettore Manni (a henpecked and alcoholic restaurant owner), Marisa Merlini (Arena's possessive mother), Susan Scott (as a prostitute and Chiari's old flame), Vittorio Caprioli (an irritable wealthy industrialist whose son is the kidnap victim), Franca Valeri (his wife, who strikes a deal with Chiari's gang for half the ransom price!), Venantino Venantini (as the French gangster behind the kidnapping and who has a penchant for S&M games - the most memorable involving his private parts and a suitcase! - which Scott is all-too-happy to oblige). Chiari devises an elaborate scheme to double-cross the kidnappers by following their every move via a number of vehicles (car hidden in moving van, motorcycle stashed in car boot, etc.); the film's comedy quotient (both verbal an
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