Johnny Stecchino

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Johnny Stecchino
Johnny Stecchino.jpg
Film cover
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori,
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Written by Roberto Benigni,
Vincenzo Cerami
Starring Roberto Benigni,
Nicoletta Braschi
Music by Evan Lurie
Cinematography Giuseppe Lanci
Release dates
Italy 24 October 1991
Canada 14 September 1992
United States 9 October 1992
Running time
122 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Johnny Stecchino is a 1991 Italian comedy film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. It tells the story of Dante, a not-so-bright school bus driver whose Sicilian vacation traps him in the middle of a Mafia plot involving a notorious mob informant, the titular Johnny Stecchino. The film also stars Nicoletta Braschi and Paolo Bonacelli.


Dante (Roberto Benigni) is a hapless man who drives a school bus for a special school. One night, he accidentally meets Maria (Nicoletta Braschi), an attractive and wealthy woman from Palermo, Sicily with whom he immediately falls in love. Soon Dante is lured by Maria into unwittingly impersonating famous mobster Johnny Stecchino, Maria's husband, with whom he shares an uncanny resemblance. Meanwhile, the real Stecchino (also played by Benigni) is forced to hide in his home after having testified against several of the local Mafia leaders. Maria's plan is to have Dante mistaken for Johnny, publicly murdered by the Mafia, and buried in place of her husband, after which they can both escape to Argentina.


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