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Flight Of The Innocent [VHS] [1994]

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  • Actors: Manuel Colao, Federico Pacifici, Salvatore Borghese, Lucio Zagaria, Giusi Cataldo
  • Directors: Carlo Carlei
  • Writers: Carlo Carlei, Gualtiero Rosella
  • Producers: Bruno Ricci, Domenico Procacci, Franco Cristaldi, Gabriella Carosio, Jon Turtle
  • Language: Italian
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 21 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCO7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This dark Italian thriller (from debut writer-director Carlo Carlei) follows the flight of eleven-year old Vito (Manuel Colao), who is on the run from a rival group of mobsters who have murdered his entire family. Vito decides to assume a new identity and hide out with a wealthy family in Rome, hoping that he can find a way to make-up for all the wrongs his family has done. But his pursuers are unlikely to give up that easily.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
Format: DVD
"Flight of the Innocent" unfolds in the breathtaking beauty of the high Calabrian pastureland; the tinkling of sheep bells and the insistent rhythm of the cicadas shrilling in the oaks suggest high summer and convey a sense of timeless tranquility. A boy perched in a tree, drawing a bird with wings outspread, lets his imagination take flight over the lonely landscape. Suddenly a shotgun blasts. The pasture falls silent, and the boy's life is changed forever.

"Flight of the Innocent" is as violent as it is beautiful; it is also suspenseful, as the boy flees northwards to Rome and finally to Viterbo in an attempt to escape the deadly legacy of his family. Italian filmmakers customarily use children who have never acted before, and they have not gone wrong in choosing Manuel Colao, who is totally believable in the role of young Vito (One wonders whether they have selected the character's name, Vito, as an homage to "The Godfather," that saga beginning with a similar flight of a young boy.).

Underlying the story is the continuing tragedy of kidnappings for ransom (anonima sequestri) and organized crime (the interfamilial `Ndrangheta--the name deriving from the Greek, Andres Agathoi, or Good Fellows) that blights Italy's underprivileged deep south. One of the most frightening scenes in the film, in fact, occurs when, after the family tragedy, the boy flees to the nearby mountain town, whose streets are eerily deserted, and a very perbene--or proper--woman, peering at him through her lace curtains, slams the shutters of her windows closed. This scene, more than any other, thrusts us, the viewers, into the mind and body of the young protagonist, and we remain with him to the end of his desperate journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SpaceAce on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
Seeing this film is an eye-opener to some of the mindless drivel that most movie studios churn out. Kidnapping films are ten a penny in Hollywood, so this is a refreshing, and powerful take on the subject.
Set in Italy, the film follows the young protagonist, Michele, as he discovers a boy living in a hole.

What starts out as a seemingly innocent depiction of friendship soon unfolds as a dramatic and gripping thriller. I rarely use the word "gripping" to describe a movie, although in this instance it is wholly justified. Beautifully directed, captivating, and yet managing to draw the fine line between a story about young friendship, and a kidnapping, this film has everything. You can truly empathise with the boys' story, as you are drawn deeper into it. This is a film that can best be described as truly alive.

Giuseppe Cristiano's portrayal of Michele is commanding and sensitive, backed up by a more than capable performance from Mattia Di Pierro as Filippo. The children are a joy to watch, exuding raw talent and emotion throughout every scene. You are completely drawn into a world of innocence, beauty, friendship, betrayal and ultimately, danger.

This is quite simply one of the best foreign language films I have seen. Actually, forget that - it's one of the best films period. The musical score adds to the ambience, the direction is colourful, rich and inviting, and the acting is a pleasure to watch, while remaining completely convincing. This is a great thriller/drama, categorise it how you like - it's just a stunning film! 10/10 all the way!
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Cannarozzo on 29 April 2006
Format: DVD
I think that everybody should see this film because it's educational an it lets you know how the world is going on...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Complete Spectrum of Visual Splendor and Squalor 4 Aug. 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Hard to believe that this film, the first movie created by Italian director Carlo Carlei, has been around since 1992! FLIGHT OF THE INNOCENT may be too simplistic for some viewers, but if you can accept the fact that the world through a child's eyes can retain a sense of beauty despite all the tragedy that fate can impart, then this film will leave you breathless. Succinctly told, this is an Italian story of vendetta - familial murdering that goes beyond the brutality of war. The introduction suggests that in 1966 the 'art of kidnapping for money' was rampant in Italy (take a look at South America and the Middle East today!). Vito (Manuel Colao)is a beautiful, dreamy little boy who witnesses the slaughter of his entire family, happens on an evil scar faced kidnapper of a wealthy Roman family's son, sees the boy is dead, is discovered by the killer, and the chase begins. Vito runs, takes trains, rides on the backs of trucks - anything he can do to escape the scar faced villain who is always on his heels. How he brings the truth to the Roman family of the kidnapped son is singularly beautiful in the portrait of guilt by blood and not by deed - and the converse of that concept. The photography is absolutely breathtaking with views of Italy that are as enchanting as any ever filmed. True, the gore of the murders is likewise captured in verismo fashion! But Director Carlei has a fine eye and a keen sense of character development - and has gathered some of the most beautiful Italian actors around: Francesca Neri, Jacques Perrin, Colao to name only a few, and at the same time has envisioned evil in the persona of Federico Pacifici! The ending may be a bit syrupy - but, after all that has gone before, heavy dessert isn't all bad!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An auspicious debut! 11 Jun. 1999
By L. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
This film has suspense, beautiful cinematography, a haunting score and a real sense of style on the part of it's first time director. Well worth taking a look at!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Moving, lyrical film 1 Nov. 2003
By Jay Hellums - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is the rarest of films -- action and violence are present, certainly -- yet, due to the vulnerability of the protagonist, a young boy, the viewer is "brought into" the film in a way that is impossible with the macho, untouchable action heroes that frequently litter such films. The tension and suspense is offset by a lyricism also not present in most "action" films. Ultimately, this is a beautiful, life-affirming film wrapped up in the guise of an action film. A unique film -- don't miss it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shattering Beauty 5 May 2009
By F. S. L'hoir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Flight of the Innocent" unfolds in the breathtaking beauty of the high Calabrian pastureland; the tinkling of sheep bells and the insistent rhythm of the cicadas shrilling in the oaks suggest high summer and convey a sense of timeless tranquility. A boy perched in a tree, drawing a bird with wings outspread, lets his imagination take flight over the lonely landscape. Suddenly a shotgun blasts. The pasture falls silent, and the boy's life is changed forever.

"Flight of the Innocent" is as violent as it is beautiful; it is also suspenseful, as the boy flees northwards to Rome and finally to Viterbo in an attempt to escape the deadly legacy of his family. Italian filmmakers customarily use children who have never acted before, and they have not gone wrong in choosing Manuel Colao, who is totally believable in the role of young Vito (One wonders whether they have selected the character's name, Vito, as an homage to "The Godfather," that saga beginning with a similar flight of a young boy.).

Underlying the story is the continuing tragedy of kidnappings for ransom (anonima sequestri) and organized crime (the interfamilial `Ndrangheta--the name deriving from the Greek, Andres Agathoi, or Good Fellows) that blights Italy's underprivileged deep south. One of the most frightening scenes in the film, in fact, occurs when, after the family tragedy, the boy flees to the nearby mountain town, whose streets are eerily deserted, and a very perbene--or proper--woman, peering at him through her lace curtains, slams the shutters of her windows closed. This scene, more than any other, thrusts us, the viewers, into the mind and body of the young protagonist, and we remain with him to the end of his desperate journey.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A MASTERPIECE OF EXCITEMENT 26 Nov. 2006
By DigitalM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a movie that has a great story, well done acting,fantastic direction and a score that will give you goosebumps when you hear it, look no further Flight of the Innocent is a Masterpiece of pure action and excitement.

I have just finished viewing this movie for the fifth time and I am still not bored with it. I am writing this review now since I have just found out that it has finally been released on dvd, which now is probably the best chance to view this movie better at home.

I have this movie on video bought years ago when it came out and the movie although now 10 years old has not aged a bit. One reviewer on IMDB how the boy got hold of the address, without give any details away about the plot,I would like to point out that the address was written on the boy's bag.

Like I stated before, I have seen this movie more than once and the movie has no plot holes at all. The movie is quite violent especially the shootings, but also a very intelligent one that grabs the viewer from the very start and never lets go. Do yourself a favour people, take note of this movie and if you see it at your local dvd store give it a rent. You will not be disapointed. 10/10
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