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Don Camillo in Moscow (1965)

Il compagno Don Camillo (original title)
Priest Don Camillo blackmails his friendly rival Peppone into letting him join a Communist delegation visiting the Soviet Union.


Luigi Comencini


Giovanni Guareschi (novel), Leonardo Benvenuti (screenplay) (as Leo Benvenuti) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Don Camillo
Gino Cervi ... Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... Maria Bottazzi
Gianni Garko ... Scamoggia
Saro Urzì ... Brusco
Graziella Granata Graziella Granata ... Nadia
Paul Muller ... Le pope
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Smilzo
Jacques Herlin ... Perletti
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini ... Bigio
Aldo Vasco Aldo Vasco ... Un camarade
Alessandro Gottlieb Alessandro Gottlieb ... Ivan
Mirko Valentin Mirko Valentin ... Le faux russe
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Oregov
Margherita Sala Margherita Sala ... La femme d'Ivan


After much dispute, the village of mayor Peppone and Don Camillo acquires a twin village in the Soviet Union. When Peppone and his Communist comrades decide to attend the twinning ceremony, Don Camillo wishes to join the party. Peppone is strictly against this, but, after Don Camillo threatens to disclose information about some embarrassing behaviour by the mayor, Peppone agrees. Don Camillo arranges for false papers and will travel clandestinely as Comrade Tarocci. Only Peppone and the other comrades know who he really is. In the Soviet Union, the agenda at the twin village includes various cultural events: ballet, opera, a fishing competition and various parties . Written by Peter

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The final completed film of the Don Camillo series with Fernandel. Another one, "Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi", began shooting in 1971, but Fernandel died before it could be completed. See more »

Alternate Versions

In an early (dubbed) version distributed in Spain, Don Camilo's joke about the possibility of General Franco shipping castanets to Brescello is replaced by that of the US President shipping a truck full of Coca Cola and popcorn. This was due to the censorship applied to movies in Spain during the Dictatorship (1936-75) The original reference to Franco was restored in a subsequent dubbed version. See more »


References Ninotchka (1939) See more »


Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Music by Domenico Modugno
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So so
11 November 2002 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

This is a far cry from the best of the "Don Camillo" series. It's actually the one I less prefer. In this one, Don Camillo is going to Russia with Peppone, to see for itself what it's like to live in a communist country. Forget about Don Camillo being a monsignore (he was elevated to this post in the movie that come just before in the series), he's back to his job as the priest responsable for a small Italian parish. But we've got a feeling that Don Camillo's and Peppone's characters are growing old. It's probably a good thing that the series stops there.

Out of 100, I gave it 72. That's good for ** out of ****.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on September 29th, 2002.

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