When an American billionaire dies, his poor Italian nephew inherits everything, provided he can arrive in the USA to claim his inheritance before the deadline but the corporate lawyer-executor tries to steal the inheritance.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guido Falcone
Rosie Jones
John Cutler
Duane Hawkins
Leopold Lacy
Col. Clayton T. Winkle
Sheriff T.C. Bishop
Kate Heflin ...
Sam Laws ...
Pops Dinwitty
Johnny Ray McGhee ...
Carnell Dinwitty
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Boss Kidnapper (as Dave Cass)
Black Kidnapper
Italian Kidnapper
Frances Heflin ...
Mrs. Apple Pie


Anthony Falcon is a billionaire. After he dies, he leaves his entire estate to his Italian nephew, Guido Falcone, a mechanic who wishes to be a cowboy. To get his inheritance, he has to go to California and within a specified time or the estate will fall under the control of the executor, John Cutler, who wishes that to happen. And it might just happen, cause Guido doesn't like to fly, so by the time he gets to America, he will just have enough time to get there. But running into some undesirable individuals, he loses all of his money and has to find a way to get there. Cutler has also sent Rosie Jones to try to get Guido to sign a paper, wherein he relinquishes all claims to the estate but she instead falls for him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A billion dollar cross country chase where the nice guys finish first for a change. See more »


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Release Date:

3 March 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Windfall  »

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$4,590,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Final film of Chill Wills. See more »


By 1976 San Francisco cable cars no longer went to Presidio Avenue, which is painted on the front, and were no longer operated by the California Street Cable R.R. Company, which is painted on the side panel. See more »

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A Messy Adventure
21 February 2010 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

In this awful late 70's cross country adventure film, Italian actor Terence Hill plays Guido Falcone, the recipient of his recently deceased uncles estate. Guido lives in a small village in Italy where he fixes cars for a living. He is visited by John Cutler, his uncles former right-hand man at the Falcon Bank in San Francisco. He informs Guido that he has 20 days to make it to San Francisco, or the inheritance will be null and void. Soon Guido is in New York and Cutler is back in San Francisco. Cutler has his greedy eyes on Guido's money and new found power at the bank. So he hires the sexy Rosie Jones to seduce Guido on his was to California, and trick him into signing over power of attorney to Cutler. What follows is an episodic cross country lark involving kidnappings, cowboys, explosions, bar fights, car chases, gunfights and other misadventures.

This movie might have been tolerable if the leads could actually act. Terence Hill and Valerie Perrine are embarrassingly bad. Watching Terence Hill in this made me wonder if the directors just grabbed the first decent looking Italian guy they could find, rolled camera, and told him to read the cue cards.

Valerie Perrine, most well known (and funny) as Lex Luthor's main squeeze in the first two 'Superman' films, borders on bad camp in this. I must say her scenes were funny but not for the reasons intended. Her introduction scene is notably guffaw worthy.

But sadly, this isn't a good movie to watch to laugh at. Although there are a few unintentional howlers here and there, most of the movie is just plain boring.

There are some good aerial shots along the way, and Slim Pickens makes things a little more fun when he's on screen, but all in all this is a true dud.

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