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002 operazione Luna (1965)

 -  Comedy  -  June 1967 (USA)
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When a Russian space craft is lost in space with two cosmonauts on board, the KGB authorities abduct two petty criminals, Franco and Ciccio, to launch them into space and have them return ... See full summary »

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Franco and Ciccio are two simple-minded Italian guys whom are mistaken by KGB spies by government agents from their government and other foreign governments.

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Stars: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Ingrid Schoeller
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Complete credited cast:
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Franco / Colonel Paradowsky
Ciccio Ingrassia ...
Ciccio / Major Borovin
Mónica Randall ...
Mishca Paradowsky
Linda Sini ...
Leonidova
María Silva
Elena Sedlak ...
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Emilio Rodríguez
Chiro Bermejo
Ignazio Leone ...
Sergio
Franco Morici
Enzo Andronico ...
Ivan
Piero Morgia
Lino Banfi ...
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When a Russian space craft is lost in space with two cosmonauts on board, the KGB authorities abduct two petty criminals, Franco and Ciccio, to launch them into space and have them return to impersonate the lost cosmonauts, only to have the real cosmonauts, Paradowski and Borovin, return which the two duos cause misunderstandings abound. Written by Matt Patay

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The title "002 Operazione Luna" is doubly misleading: firstly because it suggests some kind of spy spoof, which this is absolutely not, and secondly because Franco and Ciccio never reach the moon. They appear in two roles each: as Russian cosmonauts whose capsule loses all contact with Earth and is believed to be lost, and as small time Italian crooks who, because of their incredible likeness to the cosmonauts, are kidnapped by the Soviets and sent on a second space mission to cover up the failure of the first. Then, in the last 20 minutes, the film turns into a mistaken-identity bedroom farce. On the whole, this is a pretty weak comedy; most of the Franco-Ciccio routines are overextended, and only the surreal image of them floating into space may stick in your memory. I will give Franco credit, though, for proving, in his smaller Russian role, that he CAN play a character without mugging if he wants to. ** out of 4.


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