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The Best of Enemies (1961)

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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
Duncan Macrae ...
Sgt. Trevethan
Robert Desmond ...
Pvt. Singer
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Lt. Thomlinson
Michael Trubshawe ...
Col. Brownhow
David Opatoshu ...
Bernasconi
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Maj. Fornari
Aldo Giuffrè ...
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 manage to capture a British unit composed of British army Major Richardson and his men.Initially,it looks like a great feat for the Italians and a humiliation for the British.However,the British don't know the true sorry state in which the Italian forces,in full retreat,find themselves.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.Not only the British Major escapes but he returns with a superior British unit and takes Captain Blasi and his men prisoner.Blasi considers this to be a personal affront and a total lack of gentlemanly conduct from the part of Major Richardson.Now in captivity,Blasi decides to make Richardson's task of guarding the Italians an impossible one. Written by nufs68

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An under rated movie
9 September 2000 | by (huntsville, AL) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Killeen, Texas just after I returned from Kagnew Station, an Army Base in, then, Ethiopia. I had visited Italian and English War Cemetaries in Asmara. The main battle took place near Keren.

The movie takes place some distance south of either city after the fall of Asmara. The scenery was accurate and must have been filmed in the proper area.

The interplay between the British and the Italians was quite accurate and enjoyable. An example of the situation presented was cited in Under the Red Sea Sun where the author found the Italian officers still carrying their sidearms in Asmara.

One of the most ironic scenes in the movie takes place when the mountain tops surrounding the group is dotted with 'shifta.' The 'shifta' were trained by the English to help overthrow the Italian rule, but became independent entrepreneurs, a la Jesse James, after the fall of Asmara.


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