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Two Colonels (1963)

I due colonnelli (original title)
Greece, WWII: two enemy Colonels, one Italian and the other English, develop a grudging friendship which will be put to test by the war.




Bruno Corbucci (screenplay), Bruno Corbucci (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Colonnello Di Maggio
Walter Pidgeon ... Colonello Timothy Henderson
Nino Taranto ... Sergente Quaglia
Scilla Gabel ... Iride
Toni Ucci ... Mazzetta
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Penelope
Nino Terzo ... Soldato La Padula
Francis Lane Francis Lane ... Sergente McIntyre
Sergio Bixio Sergio Bixio ... Soldato Giobatta
Giancarlo Maestri Giancarlo Maestri ... Soldato Fantini
Gérard Herter ... German General
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Marito di Iride
Nino Nini Nino Nini
Adriano Buzzanca Adriano Buzzanca ... Partigiano greco
Antonio Devi Antonio Devi


During the WWII Italians and English occupy alternatively a village between the Albanian and Grecian borders. It happens so often that, not only they use the same Hotel (the Iris) as headquarters, but also they find the time to build up a kind of friendship relation. In fact the two colonels, the Italian Col. Di Maggio and the English Henderson save each other their life. But one day German army orders to Di Maggio a massive bombing in order to destroy completely the village, killing all its occupants and inhabitants, including the girls for which the Italians fallen in love. Di Maggio refuses and is sentenced to death. It is just the night before the famous September the 8th 1943. Written by 1felco

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Did You Know?


Roland Bartrop (Major Kruger) already starred in the almost identical role of Lt. Kessler in The Two Marshals (1961). Although playing often the role of a German officer, he was British. See more »


Colonnello Di Maggio: And you know what? I won't give the order to shoot, not now, nor ever!
Maggiore Kruger: Beweare, colonel, I have carte blanche!
Colonnello Di Maggio: Then wipe your ass with that!
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the clash
5 May 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

the clash between different mentalities. naive, seductive, adorable. first, of course, for the performance of Toto. than, for the wise way to present the modern war in a...Medieval knight. and for the remember of basic moral virtues. in fresh manner. in gentle way. because, in essence, it is a film about people. only about people. ironic, wise, honest, almost poetic. and this is the great virtue of a film who remains great against the passing time as a moral lesson and noble message about the real important things.

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Italian | English | German

Release Date:

March 1966 (USA) See more »

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Titanus See more »
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1.37 : 1
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