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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

Two scenes were removed from the West German version in 1965 to avoid a "Not under 18" rating:
  • Don Camillo packing his equipment
  • Don Camillo giving the host to a dying woman Only in 2003 for the DVD release these scenes were restored.
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Follows The Return of Don Camillo (1953) See more »


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As an Italian this is the one that likes me the most ...
23 April 2017 | by JAP_EMAILSee all my reviews

Of course it's difficult for a 4.th episode to be original and liking as the original one. But here there is as usual a problem with the language (being furthermore typical dialectal expressions), and also one with the political situation of those days between the West and the Comunist world. Aamof, the movie is divided in two parts: the first half is basically located in the same village and with the same rivalry as in the other movies of the series, while the second half changes completely setting and develops in a sort of mirror village beyond the "iron curtain" in Russia !!! One of the most amusing scenes in this film - and possibly of all the series - is the one related to the Don Camillo's "hunger strike" ... Many people among the youth may not recall the political climate of those days, between the western world and the East: there were attempts to make the peace, but there was also menace of a possible clash of titans with the threat of the "bomb"! ... This is why - maybe - some people don't catch all the nuances of this movie, and consequently find it difficult liking it ... I regret I can't help them, but I can assure you that - as an Italian - this is the one that likes me the most ... Zio Pino. PS. As already noted the title is completely misleading. Not only because Moscow has nothing to do with the story, but also because it completely misses the allusive intentions of the original one. A better solution would have been: "Tovarisch Don Camillo" or else "Comrade Don Camillo" and so on ...

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18 September 1965 (Italy) See more »

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