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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.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Sasha Mitchell
as Spike Fumo
Ernest Borgnine
as Baldo Cacetti
Anne De Salvo
as Sylvia
Sylvia Miles
as Congresswoman
Rick Aviles
as Bandana
Talisa Soto
as India
Antonia Rey
as Bandana's Mother
Mario Todisco
as Tortorella
Rodney Harvey
as Frankie
Frank Adonis
as Vinaca
Frank Gio
as Pete Fumo
Robert Compono
as Chicago Boxer
Tony Goodstone
as Mafia Boss
Justin Lazard
as Justin
Robert DiTillio
as Convict Kissing Girlfriend
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
Steve Baker
as Dealer
Sal Viviano
as Singer
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 (6) | Top Critics (1)

In a witless way goofs on Italian gangsters.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
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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.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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