The Payoff (1978 film)

The Payoff (Italian: La mazzetta) is an Italian crime comedy film directed in 1978 by Sergio Corbucci. It is based on the 1976 crime novel of the same name by the writer Attilio Veraldi.[2]

The Payoff
La mazzetta.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed bySergio Corbucci
Written byAttilio Veraldi
Dino Maiuri
Massimo De Rita
Luciano De Crescenzo
Elvio Porta
StarringNino Manfredi
Ugo Tognazzi
Paolo Stoppa
CinematographyLuigi Kuveiller
Edited byAmedeo Salfa[1]
Music byPino Daniele
Distributed byUnited Artists Europa
Release date
17 March 1978
Running time
110 min



Following the commercial success of the movie it was planned a movie-adaptation from the Veraldi's second novel based on the character of Sasà Jovine, L'uomo di conseguenza (1978), still directed by Sergio Corbucci and starred by Marcello Mastroianni in the role of Jovine. After a series of meetings Mastroianni declined: he was not enthusiast to resume a character already successfully performed by Nino Manfredi and the plot of the sequel involved incest, a scabrous subject he had treated the same year in the movie Stay As You Are. The production then decided to make him play a story with a tone more similar to La mazzetta but not based on any novel, Neapolitan Mystery.[3]


  1. ^ a b "La mazzetta (1978)". Archivio del Cinema Italiano (in Italian). Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  2. ^ Lino Miccichè. Storia del cinema italiano, Vol.13. Edizioni di Bianco & nero, 2001. p. 273. ISBN 88-317-8537-0.
  3. ^ Matilde Hochkofler (2006). Marcello Mastroianni: il gioco del cinema. Gremese Editore, 2006. p. 129. ISBN 88-8440-447-9.

Further readingEdit

Attilio Veraldi. La mazzetta. Rizzoli, 1976.

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