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The Monster (1994)

Il mostro (original title)
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After a series of bizarre actions, Loris is mistaken for a serial killer. Jessica, a policewoman in undercover, will try to induce him to commit a murder.

Director:

Roberto Benigni

Writers:

Roberto Benigni (story), Vincenzo Cerami (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Loris
Michel Blanc ... Paride Taccone
Nicoletta Braschi ... Jessica Rossetti
Dominique Lavanant ... Jolanda Taccone
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Roccarotta
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Frustalupi
Ivano Marescotti ... Pascucci
Franco Mescolini Franco Mescolini ... Chinese Teacher
Massimo Girotti ... Distinguished Resident
Luciana Palombi Luciana Palombi ... Claudia (as Luciana Pieri Palombi)
Vittorio Amandola ... Antique dealer
Rita Di Lernia Rita Di Lernia ... Moglie Antiquario (as Maria Rita Bresadola di Lernia)
Gennaro Morrone Gennaro Morrone ... Edicolante
Vincenzo Vitagliano Vincenzo Vitagliano ... Lodger
Giulio Turli Giulio Turli ... Tall man
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Storyline

A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). Undercover policewoman Jessica is assigned by eccentric police psychologist Taccone to follow Loris and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Chinese | Mandarin | Italian

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,793, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:

$638,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$638,645
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni and Nicholetta Braschi who play main characters Loris and Jessica are married in real life. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the U.S.A. omits one four minute sequence which takes place early in the film and sets up Loris' (Benigni's) adversarial relationships with the manager of his apartment building as well as the little girl who throws dead cats in his apartment . The scene involves a tenants meeting inside a school gym. Loris has voted against the entire body and is invited to voice his objections. The manager ends up pursuing Loris to the top of a basketball hoop upon which the little girl shoots him with a water gun. Loris falls through the hoop which breaks and he ends up leaving with as much dignity as he can muster with the hoop net over his body. See more »

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Spoofs Suspiria (1977) See more »

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watch "Il Mostro" now, and watch it in Italian
19 December 2007 | by criztuSee all my reviews

The movie is built around Loris, the character played by Roberto Benigni. who delivers his best performance. He is 100% believable in this role. The movie has almost all classic ingredients of a great comedy and they work.

Roberto Benigni's character captures that facet of most of us men at some point in our lives. A lazy and not so well organized guy, far from hansom looking, who'd like to have a lot of women and money, but is not yet successful with either, improvising plans and schemes to get them fast and easy, getting himself in trouble instead, and plunging into more trouble the more he tries to sort things out.

Eventually the police is after him (the police surveying tape is hilarious), and as goofy as Benigni's character is, the police match him with style. They dispatch a bait to unleash the monster within, and Loris has to go great lengths to avoid unleashing that monster =))

Watch this movie in Italian with subtitles, don't let some lousy dubbing spoil your experience.


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