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A Ruota Libera

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Post-operative paralysis gets played for laughs in this broad comedy starring popular Italian comic Vincenzo Salemme (who also directed and wrote the screenplay). Active and fun-loving Pericle (Salemme) finds himself confined to a wheelchair when an operation on his spine is botched by a careless doctor from France. An angry Pericle decides to sue, but to make his case he knows he'll need the help of his friend Mario (Carlo Buccirosso), a respected surgeon. Mario is not inclined to talk, however, as a major promotion is being dangled before him by the hospital where the surgery was performed as an inducement to keep quiet. Pericle decides to pay Mario an unexpected visit while he's on vacation in the hope he can be persuaded to help, but before long he finds himself travelling with a sizable entourage, including a beautiful physical therapist (Sabrina Ferilli), her close friend (Manuela Arcuri), Pericle's attorney (Maurizio Casagrande), and a pair of maiden aunts (Massimo Ceccherini and Nando Paone). Co-stars Sabrina Ferilli and Manuela Arcuri are best known in Italy as models, appearing in a series of top-selling pin-up calendars.

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