Spike of Bensonhurst (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.


Sasha Mitchell
as Spike Fumo
Ernest Borgnine
as Baldo Cacetti
Sylvia Miles
as Congresswoman
Rick Aviles
as Bandana
Antonia Rey
as Bandana's Mother
Mario Todisco
as Tortorella
Frank Gio
as Pete Fumo
Robert Compono
as Chicago Boxer
Tony Goodstone
as Mafia Boss
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
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)

[Spike of Bensonhurst] is not the best comedy ever made but has energy and local color and a charismatic lead performance by Sasha Mitchell as Spike.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In a witless way goofs on Italian gangsters.

October 12, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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