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Safari Express (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | September 1980 (USA)
John and Howard work in a company named Safari Express booking tourists on safaris. Their lives are turned upside down when they encounter a beautiful blonde wandering in the jungle who ... See full summary »

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John Baxter
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Miriam
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van Daalen
Enzo Bottesini ...
Sergeant
Giuseppe Maffioli ...
Peter Gasperini
Pietro Martellanza ...
Howard Spring (as Peter Martell)
Manfred Freyberger
Ilse Zaal
Raf Baldassarre
Giovanni Petrucci ...
(as Giovanni Petti)
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Arnaldo Dell'Acqua
Lorenzo Fineschi
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John and Howard work in a company named Safari Express booking tourists on safaris. Their lives are turned upside down when they encounter a beautiful blonde wandering in the jungle who doesn't know who she is. They also discover uranium and what appear to be some well-mannered simians. Written by Cristian Redferne <harlock1997@geocities.com>

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Africa Aflame... And They Lit The Fire!

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Les sorciers de l'île aux singes  »

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A sympathetic adventurer played by Giuliano Gemma helped by a gorgeous amnesic Ursula Andress against the nasty Jack Palance
12 June 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and low-budgeted African adventure with several comic touches . It deals with the friendly as well as pacifist John Baxter (Giuliano Gemma) , an adventurer in Africa with a chimp (Biba) and his colleague Howard (Spaghetti Western ordinary Peter Martell) , both of whom run the firm ¨Safari Express¨ in the jungle , everything prepared for the booking tourists on set-up safaris , and they wish save a lot of cash to get their dreams . Pilot John Baxter befriends the chief a 'dangerous' local tribe and both of them prepare special attractions for ingenuous tourists . Shortly after , John and his tame chimpanzee across the wilderness meet a wandering woman in complete amnesia (beautiful blonde and sex-symbol Úrsula Andress) and she doesn't know who she is wandering . Later on , a certain Mr. van Daalen (Jack Palance) offers the intimate friends a lot of money to help him supply arms for a fratricidal coup within the tribe ; but he actually has another sinister plot behind this dark plan : the uranium smuggling . Daalen -supported by his hoodlums- carries out his heinous schemes , at whatever cost .

This amusing , engaging movie is crammed of fist-fights, punches , kicks, moving stunt-work , colorful African outdoors and lots of humor. ¨Safari Express" is just a mildly amusing action comedy, about on the level of a lesser Bambino/Bud Spencer - Tritinity/Terence Hill movie . Giuliano Gemma is top-notch as an agreeable freewheeling adventurer , meanwhile taking on an ominous villain , Jack Palance . Gemma's alternately helpful and troublemaking pet chimp is impressively trained . Strong performance of Jack Palance as a 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 laughter , jokes and slapstick . In this very mild entertainment picture appears usual secondaries from B Italian series seen in several genres as Spaghetti Western and Peplum as Raf Baldassarre ,Dell'Acqua , Petrucci , Maffioli and Peter Martell .

Catching and commercial musical score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis -Spaghetti Western's usual- and composed by synthesizer, as always , including some beautiful songs . This is the sequel to ¨Africa Express¨ by Duccio Tessari with similar artist and technician team . The motion picture written by Mario Amendola and Bruno Corbucci was 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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