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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Richardson
Capt. Blasi
Lt. Burke
Capt. Rootes
Lt. Hilary
Col. Brownlow
Duncan Macrae ...
Sgt. Trevethan
Robert Desmond ...
Pvt. Singer
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Lt. Thomlinson
Michael Trubshawe ...
Col. Brownhow
Maj. Fornari
Sgt. Todini
Pietro Marascalchi ...
Cpl. Bortolini


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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6 August 1962 (USA)  »

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Excellent film
12 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. I've only seen it twice because it has been unavailable on tape, cd or dvd. I'm hoping that it is released for the public soon. I've been trying to get a copy for years.

It pokes a little fun at the ineptitudes of the combatants, but it also shows that they were at war. It has an ending that enjoy very much.

For those who haven't seen this movie, try it if you can get a copy, you'll get an hour and a half of excellent entertainment.

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