Spike of Bensonhurst (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)

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In this comedy drama, Spike Fumo (Sasha Mitchell) is a Brooklyn streetfighter with pugilistic aspirations. With Spike's mafioso father in Sing Sing, mobster and former fighter Baldo Cacetti (Ernest Borgnine) looks out for Spike by getting him some bouts and every once in a while convincing the fighter to throw a match. When Spike meets and falls for Baldo's daughter Angel (Maria Patillo), Baldo suddenly sours on Spike. The father wants Angel to marry the college-bound son of a cocaine-snorting congresswoman (Sylvia Miles), and Baldo only envisions Spikes' future as being a mob enforcer. Eventually, Spike moves away from his embittered lesbian mother (Geraldine Smith) and moves in with the Puerto Rican boxer Bandana (Rick Aviles). He soon has two women pregnant in two different neighborhoods as he contemplates his future.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Morrissey, Robert Alan Browne
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Cast

Sasha Mitchell
as Spike Fumo
Ernest Borgnine
as Baldo Cacetti
Sylvia Miles
as Congresswoman
Rick Aviles
as Bandana
Antonia Rey
as Bandana's Mother
Mario Todisco
as Tortorella
Frank Gio
as Pete Fumo
Robert Compono
as Chicago Boxer
Tony Goodstone
as Mafia Boss
Robert DiTillio
as Convict Kissing Girl...
Karen Shallo
as Blondie
Carol Jean Lewis
as 1st Junkie
Paul Dillon
as 1st Cop
Angel David
as Teen Dealer
Mary Lou Rosato
as Italian Mother
Ray Iannicelli
as Photographer
Ida Bemardini
as Grandmother
Anthony Bishop
as Video Boss
Ralph Monaco
as Mafia Man
Tony La Fortezza
as Mafia Stooge
Gene Amoroso
as Booth Guard
Larry Ramos
as Referee
Michael Turney
as Bar Mitzvah Boy
Fabio Urena
as Gang Member
John Capodice
as Mafia Eater
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Critic Reviews for Spike of Bensonhurst

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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In a witless way goofs on Italian gangsters.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 21, 2005
Zap2it.com

Audience Reviews for Spike of Bensonhurst

God, I love Paul Morrissey. This is probably his most seemingly normal film on the surface. It's got all the trademarks of a typical eighties flick, but the subversive morality and underlying humor of this is anything but normal. If you really break it down, this is a flick about a racist boxer who gets two girls pregnant, tries to marry the rich one, but ends up settling for the other one for no other reason than that it got too hard to deal with the rich girl's family. This is pretty much Morrissey parodying the sorts of eighties films John Hughes was producing at the time and their sort of "moral of the story" endings. It's spot on and absolutely brilliant. As for the cast, Ernest Borgnine is great as the Bensonhurst mob boss, and Sasha Mitchell is hilarious and believable as Spike. Morrissey regular Geraldine Smith is fantastically irreverent as well as Spike's temporarily lesbian mother.

Oh...And Talisa Soto (Spike's second best) is absolutely gorgeous.

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