Even Angels Eat Beans (1973)
"Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  1974 (USA)
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Two nice guys, a wrestler (Bud Spencer) and an Ice-cream vendor (Giuliano Gemma) are mistaken for dangerous killers by an important local gangster, whose nickname is "Sorriso". With the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ...
Charlie Smith
Robert Middleton ...
Víctor Israel ...
Lara Sender ...
Gerace's Wife
Bill Vanders ...
Inspector Mackintosh
Riccardo Pizzuti ...
Angelo's Right Hand
Steffen Zacharias ...
George Rigaud ...
Senator O'Riordan
Francy Fair ...
Gerace's Daughter
Fortunato Arena ...
Marcello Verziera ...
Angelo's Thug
Enrico Chiappafreddo ...
McIntosh's Partner
Margherita Horowitz ...
Geraces Wife
Denise Bataille ...


Two nice guys, a wrestler (Bud Spencer) and an Ice-cream vendor (Giuliano Gemma) are mistaken for dangerous killers by an important local gangster, whose nickname is "Sorriso". With the help of many funny coincidences they play along with Sorriso "working" for him, just to survive, but, when they receive the order to butcher the components of a very indigent family they are unmasked and... Written by Giuseppe Cautero <Cautero@Elettra.Trieste.It>

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Al Capone... Get lost! Dillinger... Phooey on you! Here come the funniest crooks since crime began!


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Funny and agreeable Spencer-Gemma film with humor, mirth and amusement
1 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Amusement , fun , and entertainment with two hoodlums , really two nice guys , who help unfortunates and helpless during depression and crack 29s . Entertaining and funny Italian film with the bouncing Spencer or Carlo Perdesoli and Giuliano Gemma as botcher gangsters who this time travel to roaring 20s . A corpulent wrestler named Sonny (Bud Spencer) and a hustler named Charlie (Giuliano Gemma) are mistaken for nasty murderous by an important local gangster (Robert Middleton), whose nickname is "Angelo". With the help of many funny coincidences they play along with Angelo "working" for him, but when they receive the order to recollect taxes of protection for the band at Little Italy in New York City . Meanwhile the duo befriends and helps components of a very indigent family , just to survive. When they are unmasked the problems emerge and the events get worse . Fun comedy set on New York , it's a vehicle for Bud Spencer , Gemma enthusiasts , dealing with mobsters , robbing , reckonings , fight between bands : Angelo versus Colosimo gang , and our starring facing off risks, dangers and several adventures.

Sympathetic Giuliano Gemma as an ice-cream vendor turned dreamer gangster , he plays like Terence Hill . Gemma in his beginning worked as stunt-man , practiced many sports in his life, boxing, gymnastics, such as is well proved at the movie . Then the director, Duccio Tessari, gave him the first role as protagonist in the film " The Titani" and the first spaghetti western films where he often worked under the name of Montgomery Wood , playing Western as ¨A pistol for Ringo¨, ¨The return of Ringo¨ and others as ¨Adios Gringo¨, ¨Arizona Colt¨, ¨The price of power¨ , ¨Day of anger¨ and later ¨California¨. However, his first big opportunity came with the important Italian director, Luchino Visconti in ¨El Gatopardo¨ this was followed by important roles in "Angelica" , ¨Tenebre¨ , ¨Young Lions¨ and ¨The master touch¨. Then he played his most significant roles in ¨Il Deserto Dei Tartari¨ and ¨Il Prefetto Di Ferro¨ . This is an enjoyable entertaining juvenile for Bud Spencer buffs , as he's delightful . It packs action, fist-play , slapdash, humor with tongue-and-cheek and is quite amusing . This entertaining , engaging movie is crammed of fist-fights, punches , kicks, slapstick , overwhelming stunt-work and lots of humor . Bud Spencer is top-notch as one army man taking on a group of bandits and as always he makes his own stunts with comic touches , as usual . This release has some cool and several hilarious moments , though the Terence Hill-Bud Spencer duo films are much better . The film isn't always good , sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions ,it's frankly delicious. The movie displays innumerable laughters , jokes and slapstick . The picture is well co-starred by Bud Spencer . Bud , the popular Latin movie actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and '70s, was born Carlo Pedersoli (1929) in Naples. He was the first Italian to swim the 100 meter freestyle and competed as a swimmer at the Olympic games . He appeared as a member of the Praetorian Guard in his first movie, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's epic "Quo Vadis" in 1951. He changed his screen name to "Bud Spencer" in 1967, as a homage to Spencer Tracy and to the American beer Budweiser. Spencer achieved his greatest hit in spaghetti Westerns lensed for a global audience. Teaming up with fellow Italian Terence Hill, the two made such international successes as I Quattro dell'Ave Maria (1968) and "They Call Me Trinity" , and ¨Trinity is still my name¨ . Their dual outings made both stars famous, particularly in Europe. In all, Spencer made 18 movies with Hill . Later on , he became a jet airplane and helicopter pilot after appearing in ¨Crazy plane¨ (1972) and owned an air transport company, Mistral Air, which he founded in 1984. However, he terminated his business interest in Mistral and entered the children's clothing industry. After 1983, Spencer's movie career slowed down, though he did have a big success in the early 1990s with the TV action-drama "Extralarge". A man of many talents, Bud wrote texts and plots for some of his films . He also has registered several royalties.

Being a co-production Italian-Spanish appears ordinary support cast seen in several Peplum and Western as Victor Israel ,unforgettable as informer , Jorge Rigaud as senator, Steffen Zacharias , Fortunato Arena ,George Wang and Riccardo Pizzuti . The picture packs commercial musical score by the usuals Guido and Maurizio De Angelis , including catching songs fitting perfectly in the mood of the movie . Passable cinematography by Francisco Marin , though is necessary a perfect remastering , being shot in Balcazar studios , Barcelona , De Paolis Rome and New York . The motion picture is regularly directed by Enzo Barboni or E. B. Clucher. He was a noted cameramen including classic Spaghetti Western(Djiango,Goobye Texas,Hellbenders), but with the hit of ¨Trinity is my name¨ left it and turned to film-making, and directed the following ¨Trinity is still my name¨ and the third outing ¨Trinity and Bambino, the legend lives on¨, plus others Hill and Spencer vehicles. The story is middling written by by Tulio Demichelli and Juan Fortini , following the Hill-Spencer ordinary trademarks , if you love the Spencer's other movies, go for it, and if you've never seen one this is an acceptable start ; but only for Bud fans . This is an average entertaining juvenile that will appeal to Italian comedy buffs .

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