Original outing about Commissario Rizzo or Piedone series formed by four entries
First entry with Bud Spencer as commissary Rizzo or Flatfoot executing his missions on city of Napoles. Amusing comedy set on Napoles for Bud Spencer enthusiasts , repeating his usual role as Commissario , this time dealing with mobsters and drugs . Rizzo (Bud Spencer or Carlo Perdesoli) is a corpulent and bouncing cop from Napoles where meets enemies , facing off dangers, and several adventures. Rizzo lives with Maria (Juliettte Mayniel who starred the classic ¨Eyes without a face¨) and her son . But the violent methods used by Rizzo cause his suspension and then he join forces with Napolitan mobsters to stop the drug smuggling by the Marsaille Mafia . Flatfoot suspects on The Baron (Angelo Infanti who acted in ¨The Godfather¨ though very secondary ) as dope kingpin and he pursues him but is protected by his lawyer (Raymond Pellegrin who starred Napoleon).
It's an amusing romp with thrills , brawls and some race pursuits in motorcycle through stairs and car races including bounds and leaps on the beach . This is a nice entertaining juvenile for Bud Spencer fans , as he's delight . It packs action, fist-play, slapdash, humor with tongue-in-cheek and is quite bemusing , though contains some violent killings . This release has some cool and several hilarious moments such as the fights with the freeze fishes ; however the Terence Hill-Bud Spencer duo films are 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 . Enjoyable screenplay by Luziano Vicenzoni , Sergio Leone's habitual screenwriter . Catching and commercial musical score by Guido and Mauricio De Angelis (Spaghetti Western's ordinary) and composed by synthesizer, as usual . Colorful cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti who photographs splendidly the Napolitan outdoors . The motion picture is professionally directed by Steno, Stefano Vanzina(father of Carlo Vanzina). He wrote and directed in the 60s Toto vehicles (Toto vs the four, Two colonels) ; Walter Chiari and Raimondo Vianello shows (Heroes of the West, Twins from Texas). In the 70s and 80s directed Bud Spencer movies about Flatfoot or Rizzo, also called Piedone, such as, Flatfoot in Hong Kong, Flatfoot in Egypt and Banana Joe , among others. And in the 80s directed TV series , the Professore Jack Clementi, again with Bud Spencer. Rating : Acceptable and passable , though only for Bud Spencer fans .
It's followed by various sequels as : "Piedone d'Egitto" original title) or "Flatfoot on the Nile" (1978) ; "Piedone l'Africano" (original title) or "Flatfoot in Africa" aka "Knock-Out Cop" and Pies Grandes (1975) or "Piedone a Hong Kong" or "Flatfoot in Hong Kong . All followings are lively performed by Bud Spencer and usual secondary appearance of Enzo Cannavale as Deputy Inspector Caputo .
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