Il Ladrone (1979)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Comedy  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - France , Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A daring idea gets an ambivalent treatment in this typical Italian comedy about an unfunny subject. The teaching and events in the life of Christ are presented here from the viewpoint of the Palestinian thief who was crucified next to him. Among the miracles that Christ performs is curing the leprosy that afflicts poor Deborah (Edwige Fenech), a prostitute. Given the nature of the comedy, Deborah's attractive hide gets a lot more exposure than Christ's miracles, as the film vacillates between sexual innuendo and parody. Viewers unaccustomed to free-wheeling Italian spoofs may take offense at the way religious subjects are used for comic fodder.