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
Kenneth Fortescue ...
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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A Definite Favorite
26 November 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorites. Niven is hilarious as is Sordi. They play off each other beautifully and the script is a laugher from beginning to end. Sordi's wide-eyed expressions and expressive Italian style complimented Niven's traditional Brit, "Jolly ho, Old Pip!" making a wonderful film. The soccer game between the Italians and Brits using a round Ethiopian basket is a classic scene. I love this film, have seen it at least a dozen times and will see it again every chance I get. Hey, join in and see it too. You will not be disappointed.


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