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Africa Express (1976)

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John Baxter is a freewheeling trader of goods in Africa with a pet chimp and one dream: to save enough money to buy his dream gas station in Detroit. Madeleine Cooper is the lady of mystery... See full summary »

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John Baxter
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Madeleine Cooper
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Robert Preston / Willaim Hunter
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Padre Gasparetto
Luciana Turina ...
Lily
Rossana Di Lorenzo ...
Mitzy
Nello Pazzafini ...
Scagnozzo di Hunter (as Giovanni Pazzafini)
Gianni Vernucio ...
Louis Renois (as John Werner)
Romano Puppo
Werner John
Sergio Smacchi
Werner Doll
Roberto Dell'Acqua
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John Baxter is a freewheeling trader of goods in Africa with a pet chimp and one dream: to save enough money to buy his dream gas station in Detroit. Madeleine Cooper is the lady of mystery he runs into as she flees from big game hunter Jack Palance. Written by Cristian Redferne <harlock1997@geocities.com>

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A likable adventurer played by Giuliano Gemma helped by a gorgeous Ursula Andress against the nasty Jack Palance
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Entertaining and low-budgeted African adventure with several comic touches . It deals with John Baxter (Giuliano Gemma) , an adventurer in Africa with a chimp (Biba) , he wishes save a lot of cash to get his dream : a gas station in city of Detroit. Madeleine Cooper (Ursula Andress ) is a secret agent posing as a nun as she flees from a train when is attacked by the nasties . Madeleine is looking for a war criminal named Robert Preston(Jack Palance), nowadays he's a smuggler of animals and ivory . Preston is supported by his hoodlums (Nello Pazzafini, Romano Puppo, among others).

This amusing , engaging movie is crammed of fist-fights, punches , kicks, moving stunt-work , colorful African outdoors and lots of humor. Giuliano Gemma is top-notch as sympathetic freewheeling trader of goods with a dream , to save enough money to buy a gas station, meanwhile taking on a group of smugglers .Strong performance of Jack Palance as pipe-smoking big game hunter who dedicates to illegal smuggling and chase John Baxter . Special mention to pet chimp called Biba that steals the show , getting into mischief , pranks and antics , including a surprising ending . The lighting-paced storyline slows down at times , but frenetic fight-sequences and fun make up for it . It's an entertaining romp plenty of brawls , including amusing bounds and leaps . This is a nice and funny juvenile story for Giuliano Gemma fans , as he's delight and likable . It packs action, fist-play, slapdash, humor with tongue-in-cheek and is quite bemusing . This release has some cool and several hilarious moments , adding a wonderful Ursula Andress as lady in mystery . 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 . In the picture appears usual secondaries from B Italian series seen in several genres as Spaghetti Western and Peplum as Nello Pazzafini , Roberto Dell'Acqua and Romano Puppo. And master of arms and stunts by Nazzareno Zamperla , also usual secondary of the Italian genres . Catching and commercial musical score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis -Spaghetti Western's ordinaries- and composed by synthesizer, as always , including some beautiful songs . It's followed by ¨Safari Express¨ by Duccio Tessari with similar artist and technician team . The motion picture written by Mario Amendola and Bruno Corbucci is middlingly directed by Michele Lupo who directed various Bud Spencer vehicles as ¨Bulldozer¨ ¨The Supersheriff¨, ¨Buddy go west¨, and ¨E.T. and the Supersheriff¨ . Lupo directed Giuliano Gemma , his fetish actor , in several films as ¨Master touch¨ with Kirk Douglas , ¨Stay away¨ with Amidou , ¨Arizona Colt¨ with Fernando Sancho and Nello Pazzafini and ¨California ¨ with William Berger and Romano Puppo. This is a passable entertaining juvenile that will appeal to Italian comedy buffs. Rating : Average , only for Giuliano Gemma and Ursula Andress fans.


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