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Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (1973)

This is a buddy film with a small-time thug (Victor Lobianco) meeting a high-profile gangster (Lee Van Cleef) while in prison. The pair team up to attempt a prison breakout.


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Nicola Badalucco, Sergio Donati (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Frankie Diomede
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tony Breda
Edwige Fenech ... Orchidea
Jean Rochefort ... Louis Annunziata
Fausto Tozzi ... Massara
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Joe Sciti
Jess Hahn ... Jeannot
Adolfo Lastretti ... Al
Silvano Tranquilli ... Sylvester
Nello Pazzafini ... Thug in Prison
Claudio Undari ... Assassin (as Robert Hundar)
Claudio Gora ... Director of 'Casa del Giovane'
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Lawyer
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... Man in Café
Romano Puppo ... Assassin


There's trouble in Frankie Diomede's criminal empire in Genoa. A French gangster has moved into Frankie's territory, so Frankie flies home to take care of business. He promptly has himself arrested so that he'll have the perfect alibi when his top local associate dies, but then Frankie's life gets complicated: his enemies have enough juice to keep him in prison for awhile, his associates and allies are killed one at a time, and attempts on his life start. Help comes from an unlikely source: Tony Breda, a wannabe wiseguy who's a Milanese raised in Hoboken. Tony designs a plan to spring Frankie from jail, and then all roads lead to Marseilles. Is Tony a future Mafia don? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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GET OUT AND GET EVEN! [U.S. re-release poster] See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Italy | France


English | Italian

Release Date:

23 November 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cold Arms of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Genova, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #63444 delivered on 2-11-1973. See more »


During Frankie and Tony's escape to Marseilles,they are stopped on a bridge by a Police check point searching for Frankie,who hides under a blanket ,at which time a cameraman's reflection is clearly visible in the driver's side window. See more »

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Simon Nuchtern added footage for American release in 1975. See more »


Referenced in Aislados (2005) See more »

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A Really Fun Italian Crime Tale
5 August 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Frankie Dio (Lee VanCleef) is a high-ranking mobster who turns himself in to the police or illegal gambling (for reasons that seem unclear to me). Tony (Tony Lo Bianco) is a low-level thug who frequents a pool hall and spends his free time envying Frankie. By being in the right place at the right time, Tony gets arrested with Frankie and is sent to jail... where they form a bond that may not quite be friendship, but it will do for now.

This film came to me under the title of "Frank and Tony", which is disappointing because I see an alternate name is "Mean Frank and Crazy Tony", which would have helped sell the film more effectively. I presume that's an homage to "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" but what do I know? I watched it shortly after another Italian crime film, "Violent Professionals", and I must say the two complement each other very well.

Italians have always lagged behind Americans in their budgets and production values, which is a real shame with this film. It is considered a "grindhouse" film, which unfairly demotes it to a b-movie (or worse). With a cleaner sound and picture, this could have been a Hollywood hit, I suspect. I found the story very interesting, the characters (and actors) better than average and unlike "Violent Professionals" the plot is fairly clear -- not too many secondary characters.

If you like Mafia movies or crime films you should give this one a try. A film about the mob that's actually from Italy (how much more authentic do you want?) is as much as you can ask. Sure, it's not "The Godfather", but it's not supposed to be. This isn't a drama, it's a light comedy, heavy action buddy film... like "Die Hard With a Vengeance" from the point of view of the bad guys. Well, okay, not really.

If nothing else, this film made me want to check out other films from the director and the principle cast. Films besides "Escape From New York" (where VanCleef plays "Hauk") and the usual cult movies. What's more fun than discovering a lost classic?

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