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The Best of Enemies (1961)

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:
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Maj. Richardson
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Capt. Blasi
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Maj. Fornari
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Lt. Burke
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Capt. Rootes
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Bernasconi
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Sgt. Todini
Tiberio Mitri ...
Pvt. Moccia
Alessandro Ninchi ...
Sub. Lt. Del Pra
Pietro Marascalchi ...
Cpl. Bortolini
Bruno Cattaneo ...
Pvt. Mattone
Giuseppe Fazio ...
Sgt. Spadoni
Ignazio Dolce ...
Sentinel
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Sgt. Trevethan
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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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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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6 August 1962 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 34965 delivered on 11-10-1961. See more »

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Role of the Ethiopian Bandit Chief
5 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 'capture' sequence of the English patrol and the Italian patrol was filmed in Israel, a little way into the Negev Desert from the seaside town of Eilath.

I was an American student attending Tel Aviv University, on school break at the time, when the director of production hired me to play the role of the Ethiopian Bandit Chief who conducts the capture. However, one problem presented itself, though I was an 'African' American, I was not dark complected enough to play an Ethiopian!

The solution proposed was for me to 'live-on-the-beach' for a week until my skin was dark enough. This was the first and only time in my life that I was "paid to be Black!" Friends and family still chuckle about this singular 'experience' even today.


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