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While There's War There's Hope (1974)
"Finché c'è guerra c'è speranza" (original title)

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Pietro Chiocca
Silvia Monti ...
Silvia
Alessandro Cutolo ...
Lo Zio
Matilde Costa Giuffrida ...
La Madre
Mauro Firmani ...
Dicky
Eliana De Santis ...
Giada
Fernando Daviddi ...
Giovannone
Edoardo Faieta ...
generale Gutierrez (as Edy Faieta)
Sergio Puppo ...
Balcazar
Enrico Marciani ...
Forquet
Roy Bosier ...
Pilota Porthogese
Eleonora Spinelli ...
Elisa
Marcello Di Falco ...
Jepson (as Marcello Di Folco)
Francesco Rigamonti ...
Barone
Jean Mas ...
Colonello francese
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Pietro Chiocca shifts from hydraulic pumps to heavy war weapons selling. He starts traveling all around the third world looking for clients, and contract by contract his economic situation shoot up, raising also his social status. But is never enough for his family, their needs increase more than the available earnings. For Pietro to sell weapons is becoming every day more stressful, every day more filthy. It has become normal for him to sell stuff to crazy corrupted bloodthirsty African dictators. He has also to fight competition with a French rival. His dirty activity explodes on national press; he becomes a monster for the public opinion. Pietro's family is hypocritically upset with him too! May be it was better the old bathroom equipment sector. Can he come back on his steps? Written by 1felco

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Hazards(in comical light) of being a world traveling arms merchant
10 November 2004 | by (Rome,Italy) – See all my reviews

Pietro, in order to satisfy the cravings for luxury and upper class respectability, of his beautiful wife, changes job from bathroom equipment salesman to arms salesman .....his earnings shoot up, but so does his problems !!!

He increasingly becomes out of touch of his family's obvious enjoyment of their prestigious social status, and selling weapons to petty African dictators(some very funny scenes) is stressful to say the least made worse by the presence of a rival French salesman!

It is a common theme in Alberto Sordi films of men victim to their beautiful wife's whims, to the extent that they sometimes ruin themselves !! Also this obsession of attaining high class 'respectability' is definitely an all Italian phenomena, esp. in the 1950's and 60's.

However Alberto Sordi always manages to make fun, of these national tracts without being overbearing and rhetorical.

The film in the second half , losses direction and becomes a boring,moral and anti-war rhetoric....a pity....with a bit more thought this part of the film could have been made better. But films in those times(1950's & 1960's), in Italy, at least, were quickly written and made on shoe string budgets, hence, the rather silly names to these films.Money had to be made quickly on these films, so little time on the artistic side was dedicated.

I have always felt that a remake could be made of the film,perhaps with Bob Hoskins or Danny de Vito in the role of Pietro. It's one of the few Italian films that could be successfully transposed to a more Anglo-Saxon settings.

It could a real hit !! My vote for the film a generous 7.


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