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A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief.

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Mario Monicelli

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Agenore Incrocci (screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Brancaleone da Norcia
Catherine Spaak ... Matelda
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Pecoro
Gian Maria Volontè ... Teofilatto dei Leonzi
Maria Grazia Buccella ... The Widow
Carlo Pisacane ... Abacuc
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... Mangold
Gianluigi Crescenzi ... Taccone
Alfio Caltabiano Alfio Caltabiano ... Arnolfo Mano-di-ferro
Pippo Starnazza Pippo Starnazza ... Piccioni
Luigi Sangiorgi Luigi Sangiorgi ... Manuc
Fulvia Franco Fulvia Franco ... Luisa
Tito García ... Filuccio (as Pablo Tito Garcia)
Joaquín Díaz Joaquín Díaz ... Guccione
Luis Induni ... Luigi di Sangi
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Storyline

A group of rogues steal a scroll granting its bearer the property of the land of Aurocastro in Apulia (south of Italy). They elect a shaggy knight, Brancaleone from Norcia, as their leader, and decide to get possession of this supposedly wealthy land. Many adventures will occurr during the journey. Written by Stefano Bartolozzi <stefano@sbcweb.com>

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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | Latin

Release Date:

27 September 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Brancaleone's Army See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to director Mario Monicelli, Brancaleone was dressed "halfway between a Japanese samurai and an Italian ragamuffin". See more »

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Masterpiece of linguistic humour
2 August 2000 | by s.toriaSee all my reviews

I take the risk of annoying most people but it must be said: in order to get the full flavour of the fun in this movie you should have a really good knowledge of the Italian language, and view the film in original. It is hard even for an Italian to understand some of the dialogues, while they rapidly switch from Gassman's impeccable proto-Italian with strong Latin influences (spoken in such a serious manner as to result irresistibly comic), to Abacuc's Jewish version thereof, to the other characters' strong rural poor-man's accent.

In this movie, and in the delectable sequel "Brancaleone alle Crociate", Gassman is at the top of his skill as an actor. This is somehow like acting the "Fifteen Minutes Hamlet" without even remotely smiling, but giving a serious, professional performance. Only someone who is truly great can do the buffoon like this without appearing histrionic, or ridiculous.


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