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      Flight of the Innocent

      R 1992 1 hr. 45 min. Drama List
      Reviews 71% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Set in southern Italy, 10-year-old schoolboy Vito (Manuel Colao) lives with his family, who profits by kidnapping the children of the wealthy and ransoming them. When Vito's family is killed in a bloody rampage by a competing crime family, he flees to Rome to escape murder at the hands of a scar-faced killer (Federico Pacifici). Taught by his family not to trust the police, he contends alone with certain death and with making amends for the sake of his dead family. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Great thriller Great movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/22 Full Review Audience Member Set in, I think, early 1980s Italy, the movie follows a ten-year-old who watches his family being annihilated and then searches the family of the kidnapped son. Quite interesting, and it is very intriguing to see him move from poverty into the richer parts of Italy, getting exposed to a wealth that is the cause for his family's crime to begin with. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The boy in this movie was really good. Unfortunately, evil overacting adults had to often come on the scene. If it weren't for their overly dramatic presence, this would have been a fine movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Feels as you are along the journey with this little boy as he deals with the horrible truth. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm loving it! (It's still on now). Seeing all these little details of Italy, like they have that huge desert looking area! When I think Italy I think just some couple of cities, like it's just Venice and Rome. Not some place with things like big open areas like where the chase was in the beginning of the movie. And the relief I felt when the boy got to a civilized area, away from that strange town that just seemed to have one woman gawking from a building, not bothering to help that poor boy running from the killer. Kind of like wow! There's REAL Italy! Not just phony tourist pictures but the REAL THING! That mall he ran into.... Looked just like Strawberry Square in Harrisburg PA! It was flipping me out. Thiink Italy and I think those marble or whatever buildings and market places or something, not a shopping center like HERE! Then, getting over the fun of looking at Italy and into the show, I was getting all full of emotions over it! The sadness and horror that boy seeing his family killed off. ( Just flipping on the show, I thougth it was some Mexican drug family war seeing that desert and people shooting each other like they keep doing now in Mexico!) Envy of the boy for not seeming frightened like sissy me would be if I were in that situation, while I pitied him for being so alone. Impressed by his just going to some city he was never in before maybe, and not being afraid as I would be in any city alone at 10 years old! Love for him comforting that frightened boy in the orphanage or whatever that place was he had to sleep in and stay at for a while. Fear of any shaggy haired man coming around, since they all look alike, and one of them was that bum who killed the rich boy and was after this boy. I had a good old time with the emotions which is what I like in a movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review dave j Monday, May 30, 2011 (1992) The Flight Of The Innocent (In Italian with English subtitles) THRILLER/ SUSPENSE Similar to a later release "I'm Not Scared" also from Italy where at the beginning of the film, a kidnapping occurs from a wealthy Italian family in exchange for money, only that other baddies know about this as well with intentions to shoot and kill all the ransomers and to use this ransom scheme keeping all the money themselves! All of this seen through the eyes of a little boy who narrowingly escaped, after witnessing his whole family slaughtered! Barely remembered this film and had to see this film again to fully grasp what I didn't like about it and after seeing it again, I didn't enjoy the fact that the story was supposed to be from the boy's point of view and witnessed every one of his family member killed by guns and when the other killers or the other ransomers finally got there comeuppance or their deserts- nothing was shown except by what the protagonists heard. The film seemed like the film flip flopped and was somwhat dissapointed that the film did not actually show the killings of the other bad guys who seem to be more cruel and have taken away more lives! Spolier warning- the story has one plot hole but is not really a big deal is when the Italian media and the police showcases the family slaughtered as well as the wealthy man's son, the police should've been able to find the hideout as well as the other bodies around the area. The scene is important because the wealthy man should've known about his son's deceased either from the police or the media because the cave where the wealthy man's son was hidden was very close by to the first family ransomers! Very brutal how the director showed all the shoootings, especially from the eyes of an underage little boy! Low 3 out of 4 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Quentin Curtis Independent on Sunday We hear echoes of Kubrick, De Palma and Rossellini, but can't make out Carlei's own voice. Nov 29, 2017 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 23, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Set in southern Italy, 10-year-old schoolboy Vito (Manuel Colao) lives with his family, who profits by kidnapping the children of the wealthy and ransoming them. When Vito's family is killed in a bloody rampage by a competing crime family, he flees to Rome to escape murder at the hands of a scar-faced killer (Federico Pacifici). Taught by his family not to trust the police, he contends alone with certain death and with making amends for the sake of his dead family.
      Director
      Carlo Carlei
      Screenwriter
      Carlo Carlei
      Production Co
      Rocket Pictures, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Fandango, Cristaldi Film, Canal+, Renn Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 1, 2003
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $138.2K
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround