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Johnny Cool (1963)





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Bloody and extremely violent, this crime drama features an all-star cast as it tells the tale of an American mafioso who is deported to Sicily. There he launches a transatlantic vendetta against those responsible for his exile. To execute his plans, the gangster employs the aid of a strapping young Sicilian punk whose life the crime lord saves. In return for his gesture, the crook turns the youth into a single-minded killer and sends him to America. Once there, the blood-bath begins. When not killing, he falls in love with and marries a wealthy divorcee. The thug's reign of terror becomes threatened after rival gangsters nearly beat his new bride to death. The beating alerts the FBI and begin pursuing him. Meanwhile his wife realizes that she is married to a homicidal maniac and finally decides to turn him in. This results in even more bloodshed.

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Henry Silva
as Johnny Cool/Salvatore Giordano
Elizabeth Montgomery
as Darien 'Dare' Guiness
Jim Backus
as Louis Murphy
Brad Dexter
as Lennart Crandall
Richard Anderson
as Correspondent
Joey Bishop
as Used Car Salesman
Wanda Hendrix
as Miss Connolly
Hank Henry
as Bus Driver
Marc Lawrence
as Johnny Colini
John McGiver
as Oby Hinds
Gregory Morton
as Jerry March
Mort Sahl
as Ben Morro
Telly Savalas
as Mr. Santangelo
Katharine Bard
as Mrs. Crandall
Steven Peck
as Kromlein
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Undertaker
John Dierkes
as Cripple
Mary Scott
as Margaret Huntington
Robert Armstrong
as Gang Member
Douglas Dumbrille
as Gang Member
Katherine Bard
as Mrs. Crandall
George N. Neise
as Adrian Guiness
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It relies on its implausible brutal action scenes to provide most of the entertainment.

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Scared money never made money. A Sicilian gangster known as Johnny Cool is caught by American authorities and exported back to Italy. Once in Italy, he trains a man to take his name, responsibilities, and send him back to the US to assassinate those responsible for his exile. The assassin pretends to be Johnny Cool and quickly falls for a girl. If his secret gets out, he'll quickly become a target of rival gangs. Can the assassin maintain his secret identity and complete his mission? "Do I know you?" "No." "Then what are you looking at?" William Asher, director of Night Warning, Fireball 500, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party, The 27th Day, The Shadow on the Window, and Leather Gloves, delivers Johnny Cool. The storyline for this picture is just okay and fairly straightforward. It is a bit bland in parts but the concept was interesting. The acting is just okay and the cast includes Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Sammy Davis Jr, Jim Backus, Richard Anderson, and Brad Dexter. "What do you do?" "My best." I came across this picture on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to give it a shot. This was fairly solid and had potential. This wasn't a masterpiece, but a different type of gangster picture for this era. Overall, I recommend giving it a viewing if nothing else is on, but I wouldn't add it to my collection. "He'll be alone. He's always been alone." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

"The man in Rome dies or we all die."-Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo (Telly Savalas) Personally, I didn't find Johnny to be to cool, but the rest of the movie was. Especially the lovely, Elizabeth Montgomery who had so many memorable lines. Poor Johnny never saw it coming. Good gangster drama. "I want you to know, all men look like men, but few really are."-Darien 'Dare' Guiness (Elizabeth Montgomery)

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FilmGrinder Stone

Brutal tale especially for a 60's flick but interesting with an unusual role for Elizabeth Montgomery who looks great.

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