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The Diamond Peddlers (1976)

Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (original title)
Bumbling crooks Butch and Toby pose as priests in order to elude being arrested by the authorities in Africa. Butch and Toby deliver a statue of the Virgin Mary from Africa to Amsterdam. ... See full summary »

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Antonio Cantafora ...
Matteo / Butch (as Michael Coby)
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Simone / Toby (as Paul Smith)
Dominic Barto ...
Morgan
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Inspector Nelson
Giuseppe Maffioli ...
Priest
Riccardo Petrazzi ...
Massimo
Enrico Chiappafreddo
Nello Pazzafini ...
Convict #1
Franco Pesce ...
Father Remo
Claudio Gora ...
Mr. Robinson
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Artemio Antonini
Fortunato Arena ...
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Andrea Aureli
Gianlorenzo Bernini
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Bumbling crooks Butch and Toby pose as priests in order to elude being arrested by the authorities in Africa. Butch and Toby deliver a statue of the Virgin Mary from Africa to Amsterdam. Unbenownst to the clueless duo, they're really smuggling diamonds. A group of equally inept mobsters give chase. Written by Woodyanders

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Some funny action in the second half lifts this routine Hill/Spencer clone
8 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE DIAMOND PEDDLERS is a straight copy of the action comedy formula that worked so successfully in the 1970s for Terence Hill and Bud Spencer; in this one they've even picked two lookalike actors to pretend to be our stars. I did like Paul L. Smith here (the actor is, of course, remembered today for his role as Bluto against Robin Williams in POPEYE) although I didn't think much of Antonio Cantafora's tiresome mugging in the Hill role.

As is the norm for these productions, the plot isn't very strong and merely a backbone on which to hang the big set-pieces. Smith and Cantafora are small-time crooks who pose as priests and fall foul of the usual gangster and police types who want nothing more than to see them dead. The action begins in Africa but later moves to Holland, and the humour is pretty lowbrow throughout. However, the good news is that the film improves significantly as the time progresses. The action starts off quite slow but in the second half there's plenty of fun involving the rival mobsters and extended chase scenes which are worth a laugh or two for undemanding viewers.


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