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The Rich Uncle (1974)

L'eredità dello zio buonanima (original title)
A clerk lavishes a lot of attention on his very rich uncle because he hopes to inherit all of his money. When the man dies however he finds out that the will is full of legacies which seem ... See full summary »

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Franco Franchi ...
Franco Favazza
Grazia Di Marzà ...
Agata
Andrea Lala ...
Tonino
Maria Bosco ...
Maddalena
Enzo Monteduro ...
Mario
Renato Pinciroli ...
Zio Calogero
Gaetano Balestrieri ...
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Tonino Accolla ...
Figlio di Franco
Dante Cleri ...
Il dottore
Renato Malavasi ...
Il prete
Grazia Spadaro ...
Figlia di Maddalena
Patrizia Gori ...
Tina
Riccardo Garrone ...
Notaio Potenza
Franco Ressel ...
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A clerk lavishes a lot of attention on his very rich uncle because he hopes to inherit all of his money. When the man dies however he finds out that the will is full of legacies which seem to absorb all the patrimony. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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21 December 1974 (Italy)  »

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Franco Franchi, o trellos klironomos  »

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THE RICH UNCLE (Alfonso Brescia, 1974) **1/2
6 May 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

To begin with, I'm no longer that much of a fan of the popular Italian comedy team of Franco & Ciccio i.e. Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia; as a kid, I know I've watched a number of their films but can't, for the life of me, tell which ones! That said, while at the 2004 Venice Film Festival I had attended the screening of a feature-length documentary on their life and work which, admittedly, was quite absorbing and well done; since that time I've come across one of Ciccio's solo efforts, a spoof on THE EXORCIST (1973) – as often happens, the duo eventually broke up and went their separate ways. This one, in fact, features Franco but not his partner and it's based on a play which had already been filmed 40 years previously!

It concerns a typical plot of a fight over an inheritance, with Franco sacrificing himself by sucking up to his rich uncle. On his deathbed (after a funny scene in which Franco is made to watch the latter munch through an endless meal, leading to the fatal indigestion!), the uncle starts telling his relative "I am leaving you…"; Franco naturally assumes he wanted to name him as heir of his fortune (rather than simply whispering his dying words) and installs himself in the uncle's house and starts living it up! However, his brother and sister won't stand up for this (the latter, a heavy-set woman, is especially adamant) and, searching high and low, manage to come up with a will – which actually leaves Franco with very little of the money he was expecting (leading to a hilarious recurring diatribe of expletives directed at his uncle's previously hallowed portrait!). Eventually, the house is put up for sale – but it transpires that, among the uncle's possessions, was a very valuable painting…except that Franco's brother, an amateur artist himself, has started painting over the uncle's collection to provide himself with empty canvases! It all leads to a pie-fight among the parties involved – but eventually there's a happy ending in which everyone has made up and Franco's gotten his wish at last.

This is a trivial but quite enjoyable film (helmed by "Euro-Cult" regular Brescia); incidentally, my local DVD rental outlet has acquired four of "Franco & Ciccio"'s vehicles, which I may now check out on the strength of this one.


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