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The Flight of the Innocent (1992)

Cast: Manuel Colao, Manuel Colao, Federico Pacifici, more...
Director: Carlo Carlei, Carlo Carlei
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Originally titled La Corsa Dell'Innocente, this Italian drama focuses on that country's ongoing wave of kidnappings. The early scenes focus on a large, outwardly normal Italian family who happen to make their living by abducting wealthy children and holding them for ransom. When the family is wiped out by a rival gang, only 10-year-old Vito (Manuel Coalo) survives. Any other child would go to the police at this point, but Vito has been raised never to trust the police -- or anyone else, for that matter. There is an abundance of dramatic irony in store for the audience when the fleeing Vito is sheltered by the affluent Rienzi family, whose own child has recently been kidnapped. It soon becomes clear that Vito is simply not cut from his family's criminal cloth, and the decisions he makes show a clear sense of ethics and a determination to set right the vicious actions of his family. This marvelously multitextured film represented the directorial debut of Carlo Carlei. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Good Thriller, a "B " Movie by Scaramouche January 27, 2005 - 6:53 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film will naturally be compared to the more recent "I'm Not Scared" since both deal with a young boy's experiences in the context of the Italian child kidnapping events of the 1950s. But they are very different films. "I'm Not Scared" is hardly a "rip-off" of this film as one reviewer suggested. It was based on a very popular Italian novel, focused heavily on the coming of age of the young protagonist, his difficult moral choice, and focused far more on character. This film is a thriller about a young man on the run and fighting for his survival. The music is heavily melodramatic. He escapes death multiple times and it takes some definite suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer (as in many American thrillers). The child's role is good but his acting is just "B" acting. The young protagonist in "I'm Not Scared" is portrayed brilliantly. View this one as a thriller and you'll probably like it. But look to "I'm Not Scared" for a far deeper, more subtle, classic story beautifully told.

Impressed Me by squad January 17, 2005 - 4:59 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I have heard how beautiful Italy is, and this film really captures it. That alone would qualify this as a winner, but there is more. The story is extremely violent and bloody. The brave young man is in constant flight. How do you make a beautiful tender film that includes such violence? Get this film and see the magic of genius for yourself. This movie is a stupendous and unqualified success, one of the best I have ever seen. Music, acting, scenery, plot, ending, dream sequences, and even the violence are all superb. This is a perfect movie to my way of thinking and feeling.

This "Flight" Soars by talltale November 29, 2004 - 7:38 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
FLIGHT OF THE INNOCENT is one of the most under-rated films of the 1990s. Everything in it astonishes--from the kidnapping-for-profit story that moves so fast you can barely keep up, to the gorgeous landscapes and cinematography, the acting, writing and direction. What makes it great, though, is its understanding of family: the guilt, the love, the attempt to make things right that haunts us forever. For film lovers, this one is a must-see. And, if possible, view it before you see the newer but lesser rip-off of this one called "I'm Not Scared" that Miramax released in 2003.

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