Un uomo in ginocchio

Synopsis: Nino, a regular working-class guy, finds that a hitman has been hired to kill him. He discovers that a wealthy woman has been kidnapped and that everyone who was involved in it is being killed off. However, Nino had nothing to do with the kidnapping and has to find out who has sent the killers and stop them before it's too late.
Genre: Thriller
106 min

A Man On His Knees

- Hurry up!

- Where are you going?!


You see him over there?

The one eating at the Focacceria.

He's someone who kills for money.

He's looking for you Nino.

For me?... He must be crazy?!

His name is Antonio Platamonte.

He's from Borghetto.

In '71 he shot Menegelle, remember?

In '74, he killed the Russo Brothers.

He rang their doorbell,

came in their house,

and killed them whilst

they drank their coffee.

He's only ever been to jail for theft.

OK, but I've never met him before?

Nino, the first rule

is that the intended

victim should never have met the hit-man


It's a fundamental rule, trust me!

And know that I've had enough of your



Nino wait... he asked for you at the


He asked where you lived and worked.

In the meantime I'll keep an eye on him.

Yes, he came here earlier and wanted

to know where you lived and worked.

Yes, that one.

But he's not a spy... know it!

What's up?


So, don't tell me..

We shared a cell in prison.

Which prison.. or is that a secret?

At 'Lucia Dorne'..

I'm always in 'Lucia Dome'

That bastard once cut his wrists to get

out of working!

.. And then?...

What if you insulted someone?

Maybe when you were stealing cars

you could have bothered

the wrong person?

No, we never stole from anyone important

We'd give it back if we did.

Are you involved in any family feuds?

Why should be, my own family is enough.

You must have done something or

else he wouldn't be looking for you?

He's heading for your stall, look!

Wait, he may have a gun?

He's looking at the stall.

I'm Nino Peralta.

You're looking for me. I'm here.

Just wanted a glass of

water with aniseed.

The water and aniseed is on the house...

.. because the stall is mine.

And you knew this well.

Why should?

don't live round here. Thanks.

You were asking at the tobacconists for

Nino Peralta.

At the to tobacconists!

Ah yes! was asking for..

for Nino Veralda

he used to live round here but guess

got the wrong street?

It happens!

I'm paying...


Excuse me...

He denied it all, eh?

Expected it.

Nino, if you tell me

exactly what he said

can translate it perfectly.

I'm not interested.

You know everyone and you know


You're the expert!

I'm just not interested.

And wash your hands

they're scaring away the customers!

Schirro, ask Mr. Patranka

to give me a better deal?

You're lucky Peralta.

You started a business alone,

keep complaining and your fortune could


You tell him Mr. Ferrari, have to pay

the installments on the stall

and my poor daughter is sick.

I'll pay, promise but just

need some more time

You know the owner of

the bar on the corner?

He's angry that you're

affecting his trade.

We have to keep him calm,

so Mr. Patranka will have to

raise you by fifty percent.

Won't pay.

Won't PW?

You say you won't pay?

Won't let anyone bleed me dry

and you can tell that to Mr. Patranka!

Go on Colicchia.

Don't understand why we haven't

looked to see what's happening there?

Hope don't have to set foot in that

shitty place again.

The warehouse is always closed

and no-one answers at Capuana's house.

Capuana got scared and?ed.

And he was right, cos he

shouldn't have done it.

It was a stupid idea!

He's right.



If you can't do it rig ht, don't do it.


Is that better now?


And this?

Around the neighbourhood where you lived


more than half the babies had

problems with their bones.

This is the truth.

So then, do you think I'll be well?

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Damiano Damiani

Damiano Damiani (23 July 1922 – 7 March 2013) was an Italian screenwriter, film director, actor and writer. Poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini referred to him as "a bitter moralist hungry for old purity", while film critic Paolo Mereghetti said that his style made him "the most American of Italian directors".In 1946 Damiano Damiani became part of the so-called Group of Venice with Fernando Carcupino, Hugo Pratt and Dino Battaglia. more…

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