In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances.

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Maj. Richardson
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Capt. Blasi
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Lt. Burke
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Capt. Rootes
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Lt. Hilary
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Perfect
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Col. Brownlow
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Sgt. Trevethan
Robert Desmond ...
Pvt. Singer
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Lt. Thomlinson
Michael Trubshawe ...
Col. Brownhow
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Bernasconi
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Maj. Fornari
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Sgt. Todini
Pietro Marascalchi ...
Cpl. Bortolini
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In 1941 the Italian and British forces face one another.Italian army Captain Blasi and his troops capture a British army Major Richardson and his pilot when their scout plane crashes. The Italians allow the two British prisoners to escape. A desperate Captain Blasi decides to allow Major Richardson escape in return for Richardson's word that he will try and persuade his superiors to allow Captain Blasi and his Italian unit retreat without any difficulties or further harassment. O his return the British major is assigned to take his squadron and attack the fort his captors were retreating to. the British Major with a superior British unit takes Captain Blasi and his men prisoner but they slip away. the British abandon their vehicles to give chase on foot and the Native troops with the Italians slip back and burn the vehicles. the fire results in both the British and Italian troops seeking refuge on an island in the middle of a lake. The Italians surrender to the British so they will ...

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3 June 2002 | by (Azusa,CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV years ago. Sadly I haven't seen it for at least five years, not even on cable. The story deals with the interplay between Italian and British units, mostly focusing on the commanding officers on each side. Sordi and Niven couldn't have been better in their roles. Against the backdrop of the African WW2 campaign the two sides seem to be more of a nuisance to each other than effective participants in the war, but towards the end of the movie we are given a reminder of the tendency to become egotistic as being a major world power involved in a campaign which totally ignores the native population in the country being fought over.This is a very appropriate touch to the movie. The two sides(Brits & Italians) were not the only game in town. I would love to see this movie out on video or DVD and would purchase it immediately.


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