In World War II, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.
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A by-the-book captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the mayor's daughter. Written by
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"One More Coffee Break, And I'll Use Live Ammunition Next Time!"
You can't watch this movie without laughing. The casting of James Colburn, Dick Shawn, Aldo Ray was perfect for this probably the best comedy of WWII. Dick Shawn really showed his comedic skill where he begins as a dedicated officer, determined to make his mark in winning the war by taking a small Italian village and winds up as the love interest of an amorous German officer when disguised in drag. It was hilarious watching him as he tries to fight off the German's "advances." The plot seems to be about the Italian's unwillingness to surrender to the Americans led by Dick Shawn unless they could first have their festival which Dick Shawn is first unwilling to agree to until James Colburn convinces Shawn it would be a wise military decision to allow them to have it in exchange for their surrender. Somehow during the festival, the Americans lose their uniforms to the Italians and the Italians lose theirs to the Americans in a card game. This sets up the fun for some hilarious moments when Colonel Potts played by TV MASH actor Harry Morgan arrives there to inspect US troops and finds what he thinks are American troops but instead are the Italian soldiers dressed as Americans who can't speak a word of English. Before he can get wise that something isn't right, he is taken prisoner by Also Ray wearing an Italian uniform pressuring him to hurry along to a waiting jeep with basic Italian: "Presto! Presto!" These are just a few of the funny scenes you will be treated to! War has never been funnier!
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