Cesare Celli moved back to Naples, Italy upon his retirement from the Chicago mob. Going home from the funeral of his mob friend Luigi, Celli is held up by a cocky, young American criminal, Harry Price, and his gang of four others, they demanding $50,000 cash or else his life. What Celli tells them is that despite his trappings of wealth, he actually has no money, and doesn't want this fact getting around, especially to his long time associates. All avenues Celli tries to get the money from family and friends fail. Feeling like he is now worthless in having no respect among his associates, Celli, to regain his pride, proposes getting back into "the business" with Harry and his gang to the tune of $5 million, with the caveat that he is the boss with the others operating under his supervision. Calling in his old friend Professor Samuels from Philadelphia who has masterminded many a plot in Celli's past, they embark on a plan to steal platinum ingots in transit by train destined to the ...Written by
The Biggest Bundle of Them All
Words and Music by Ritchie Cordell and Sal Trimachi
Sung by The Animals
[The song to which Juliana and the Professor dance at the club] See more »
Even Raquel can't save this one
I've got as much testosterone as the next bloke, and Raquel Welch at her finest is certainly worth a look; but the fact is that a cardboard cut-out could act better, and an hour and half of Ms. W showing off her credentials does not a movie make.
Considering the cast, it's surprising that it's as bad as it is. I've never been a big fan of Wagner, and his tough guy Harry is about as convincing as a 9-dollar bill. Godfrey Cambridge and Vittorio de Sica, both of whom I usually enjoy, seem to be sleeping through their lines; and as for Edward G...well, I can only assume he was there for the paycheck.
This film is a mess: from non-existent plot, through stop-start action and unfunny script to puerile slapstick and annoying 60's 'caper' music. If it weren't for Miss Welch, I'd have given it a 0.
That said, she is a treat to the eyes - even better than her delicious cameo in 'Bedazzled' - and for that reason alone I gave it a 3.
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