Spike of Bensonhurst

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Spike of Bensonhurst
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Produced by Nelson Lyon
David Weisman
Written by Alan Bowne
Paul Morrissey
Starring Sasha Mitchell
Ernest Borgnine
Anne Desalvo
Sylvia Miles
Talisa Soto
Rick Aviles
Music by Coati Mundi
Cinematography Steven Fierberg
Edited by Stan Salfas
Distributed by FilmDallas
Release date
  • September 16, 1988 (1988-09-16) (Canada)
  • November 11, 1988 (1988-11-11) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $623,112[1]

Spike of Bensonhurst is a 1988 American comedy-drama and mafia film written and directed by Paul Morrissey and starring Sasha Mitchell. The film also features Ernest Borgnine, Maria Pitillo, and Talisa Soto.


In the film, the protagonist, Spike Fumo (Mitchell), is a young Italian-American man who lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and aspires to be a boxer. However, he falls in love with a girl who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. As he is forced to leave, he moves to Red Hook, Brooklyn, a predominantly Puerto Rican section of New York City, where he falls in love with a girl from that neighborhood.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 1989: Nominated, "Best Supporting Male" - Ernest Borgnine


  1. ^ "Spike of Bensonhurst". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 

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