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Operazione San Pietro (1967)

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Small time crook Napoleone falls into an unlikely gang made up of a gangster, called The Baron, and his two cohorts, Agonia and The Captain, where Napoleone takes them to Rome where they ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lando Buzzanca ...
Napoleone
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Cajella
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Joe Ventura
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Cardinal Erik Braun
Christine Barclay ...
Marisa
Uta Levka ...
Samantha
Pinuccio Ardia ...
The Baron
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Agonia
Dante Maggio ...
The Captain
Antonella Della Porta ...
Cesira
Wolfgang Kieling ...
Poulain
Herbert Fux ...
Targout (as Herbert Fox)
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia
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Virgilio Gazzolo ...
Schultz - Secretary of Cardinal (as Virginio Gazzolo)
Carlo Pisacane ...
Epimeno - the sacristan
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Small time crook Napoleone falls into an unlikely gang made up of a gangster, called The Baron, and his two cohorts, Agonia and The Captain, where Napoleone takes them to Rome where they shack up with a shady used car dealer caled Il Cajella to help finance their new life of crime by planing to rob a statue from the Vatican. But a big-time American gangster, named Joe Ventura, hears about the heist and wants the priceless statue for himself by having his mistress, Samantha, come onto and betray the woman-hungry Cajella to give the statue away to her. Written by Anonymous

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Wanted! These four numb-skulls stole a $50,000,000 statue from the Vatican... and sold it for $80.

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29 December 1967 (Italy)  »

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Operation St. Peter's  »

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One Night during the Shooting, a then unknown person uninvited entered the Hotel Room of Actress Uta Levka and crawled into her bed. When she turned on the light, she recognized this Person as Director Lucio Fulci who made obvious sexual advances to her. Levka managed to make him leave her room. During the next day, Fulci treated her very badly, often angrily yelling "Cut!" for no reason and insulting her all the time, complaining about her performance in a very offending manner. Eventually, Levka freaked out and, in front of the whole crew, loudly told him to stop his awful behavior, "just because I wouldn't let you stay with me in my bed last night". Fulci stared at her for a long moment and then continued shooting without loosing another word. See more »

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OPERATION ST. PETER'S (Lucio Fulci, 1967) **1/2
14 August 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is yet another caper in the broadly comic style of the classic BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (1958); actually, it's a semi-sequel to Dino Risi's THE TREASURE OF SAN GENNARO (1966) – via the presence in both of three incompetent thieves (the movie opens with them drilling through the floor of a building, believing it will lead into a museum but they find themselves inside a prison cell where the hero is currently confined!). Besides, it's one of numerous films in this vein which populated Edward G. Robinson's latter-day career; one further link to an earlier film is the fact that a previous "James Tont" adventure with the same star, Lando Buzzanca – which I watched recently – also involved a theft from the Vatican (the "St. Peter's" of the title).

Incidentally, the "Operation" isn't the actual robbery itself – which, committed on the spur of the moment by Buzzanca in a totally casual manner (making off with Michelangelo's Pieta' statue on a fork-lifter in broad daylight!), is treated almost like child's play by director Fulci (well-known for his anti-clerical views) – but rather the ultra-organized ecclesiastical retrieval of the missing item (which, at one point, is even compared to the work of the Mafia)! In fact, we see various priests doing incredible stunts on motor-bikes(!) and such – which renders the second half of this patchy offering agreeably irreverent.

Still, there are a few undeniable belly-laughs: when Buzzanca is forced to confess the crime to a priest by his girlfriend (they met during a failed "snatch & grab" attempt and with whom she fell immediately in love, since he happens to be a dead-ringer for her late husband!), we hear the man in the confessional tumbling down from fainting; another is when the trio of crooks are discovered lying about in their hide-out by Buzzanca and a Cardinal (Heinz Ruhmann) – the statue is no longer there, so they think that the men had been murdered by Robinson's gang: however, they had only passed out from over-eating (given them in exchange for the Pieta'!), not having had a decent meal in some time…and, in fact, one of them wakes up just in time to burp vigorously and loudly!!; also, during the lengthy climactic chase, a car with two priests inside is bumped into by another vehicle and torn in half!; also, among the parties to set out in pursuit of the thieves, are a group of laid-back and constantly chanting monks who use a derelict truck for the journey…so that, when they finally arrive on the scene, the operation has just wrapped!

Robinson is given a nice role as a former big shot, but who cracked after being beaten up by his own cronies (he now flicks between a semi-senile nature and his former bloodthirsty self!); incidentally, it was rather strange to watch the Hollywood veteran in the presence of scantily-clad female assistant Uta Levka! Reportedly, Fulci was unimpressed by the actor's legacy and seems to have had had little patience with Robinson when the latter couldn't remember his lines (incidentally, the director didn't even have a kind word for his own film – calling it "a piece of crap")! Anyway, also notable in the cast is Jean-Claude Brialy, appearing atypically as a speech-impaired Sicilian(!) stud: though married, he uses his dubious skills as crooner to seduce (and, consequently, live off) every rich old lady that crosses his path!


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