Hot Potato (Italian: La patata bollente) is a 1979 Commedia all'italiana film directed by Steno. The film discusses a range of issues such as homophobia in the political left, Anni di piombo violence, working class culture, and the sustainability of Eurocommunism.
|Produced by||Achille Manzotti|
|Music by||Totò Savio|
|16 November 1979|
Bernardo Mambelli nicknamed "il Gandi" (Renato Pozzetto) is a PCI militant and pugilist working at a Milanese paint factory. One night, he sees a bunch of fascists beating a frail young man (Massimo Ranieri). He saves the man and brings him to his house to learn that he is Claudio, a homosexual. With nowhere to go, Claudio starts staying at Bernardo's house but a series of typical misunderstandings lead his comrades as well as his girlfriend Maria (Edwige Fenech) to believing that he has "turned gay". Bernardo is now seen as a potential lost cause and the ongoings soon reveal a "hot potato" situation for him.
- Renato Pozzetto as Bernardo Mambelli nicknamed "il Gandi
- Massimo Ranieri as Claudio
- Edwige Fenech as Maria
- Mario Scarpetta as Walter
- Clara Colosimo as Elvira, the doorwoman
- Luca Sportelli as husband of Elvira
- Sergio Ciulli as Maravigli
- Adriana Russo as best friend of Maria
- Umberto Raho as the doctor
- Ennio Antonelli as laborer
- Milano-Firenze, Mo-Net s.r.l. "La patata bollente (1979)". MYmovies.it. Retrieved 2021-05-25.