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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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Credited cast:
Antonio Cantafora ...
Matteo / Butch (as Michael Coby)
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Simone / Toby (as Paul Smith)
Dominic Barto ...
Morgan
Jacques Herlin ...
Inspector Nelson
Giuseppe Maffioli ...
Priest
Riccardo Petrazzi ...
Massimo
Enrico Chiappafreddo
Emilio Messina
Nello Pazzafini ...
Convict #1
Franco Pesce ...
Father Remo
Claudio Gora ...
Mr. Robinson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artemio Antonini
Fortunato Arena ...
Cashier
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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29 January 1976 (Italy)  »

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The Diamond Peddlers  »

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Butch and Toby return for more enjoyably silly fun
12 February 2009 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Likable clod Toby (the engaging Antonio Cantafora) and his ill-tempered partner Butch (bulky behemoth Paul Smith) pose as a couple of priests in order to elude being arrested by the authorities in Africa. Toby and Butch deliver a statue of the Virgin Mary from Africa to Amsterdam. Unbenownst to the clueless duo, they're really smuggling diamonds. A bunch of equally inept mobsters give chase. Director/co-writer Giuliano Carnimeo and co-writer Pierre-Louis Alberti concoct a disarmingly inane, good-natured and inoffensive comedic romp that goes heavy on the always raucous and often uproarious broad humor, with off-the-wall slapstick chases and no-holds-barred wacky fights being the order of the day (a lengthy riverboat chase in a canal and a hysterical bash'em up restaurant kitchen fight set piece rate as the definite sidesplitting highlights). The winningly breezy, natural and relaxed chemistry between Smith and Cantafora adds immensely to the picture's infectiously goofy charm; they receive fine support from Jacques Herlin as the shrewd Inspector Nelson and Franco Pesce as the jolly Father Remos. The jaunty score by Juniper and the incredibly catchy theme song further energize the lively proceedings. A pleasingly dippy hoot.


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