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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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Meet the craziest pair of soldiers ever to play at war! - they're both prisoners - but who captured whom? [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Great drama and a funny movie.
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This is a great movie. Last time I saw it was in the late 60s of the last century in local LA TV station and the first time was at a film festival in Peru in the early 60s as I was still living there. I still remember the acting from Sordi contrasted with that of Niven. The former bombastic and mercurial and the latter always calm and cool. The setting in the North African? wilderness-desert during WW II shows these enemies irritating each other with military moves until they are drawn together when they realize they might fall victim to the natives. I have been looking for this movie in VHS earlier and now on DVD. Has it been lost?


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