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Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970)

Brancaleone alle Crociate (original title)
After saving an infant of royal blood, knight Brancaleone forms a new army and sets out to return the baby to his father: a prince fighting in the Crusades.


Mario Monicelli


Agenore Incrocci (screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Brancaleone da Norcia
Adolfo Celi ... Re Boemondo
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori ... Rozzone
Beba Loncar ... Berta d'Avignone
Gigi Proietti ... Pattume / Colombino / La Morte (as Luigi Proietti)
Gianrico Tedeschi ... Pantaleo
Lino Toffolo ... Panigotto
Paolo Villaggio ... Thorz
Renzo Marignano Renzo Marignano ... Finogamo
Augusto Mastrantoni Augusto Mastrantoni ... Papa Gregorio
Gildo Di Marco Gildo Di Marco
Shel Shapiro Shel Shapiro ... Zenone (as Norman David Shapiro)
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Accusatore di Tiburzia (as Christian Alegny)
Remo Bonarota Remo Bonarota
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci


Brancaleone and his followers go to the crusades. God allows them a safe crossing of the Mediteranean. Except that they did not sail on the sea but on a... lake! Brancaleone soon finds himself caught in the middle of a feud between... two popes, Gregory and Clement. In order to determine which of the two men is the true pope, Brancaleone must walk on hot coals. After this ordeal, accompanied by a dwarf, a witch, a leper and a masochistic penitent, Brancaleone continues his quest.In the Holy Land, he fights the unfaithful before facing Death in person. He is eventually saved by Tiburzia the witch who is reincarnated in the form of a magpie Written by Guy Bellinger

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The film was a moderate box office success in Italy but not as much as its predecessor. Actor Paolo Villaggio attributed this at least in part to bad sound/dialogue editing. See more »


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If you're not Italian please read
28 May 2015 | by slvmeloniSee all my reviews

I'd just like to warn English users that Monty Python and the brancaleone movies are a different kind of humor. I know it's impossible not to compare this to "Monty Python and the holy grail", but please keep in mind that the sketches here are not meant to be absurd, this is not surreal humor. On the contrary, they're fun because they're painfully realistic. This is a bitter humor Italian classic, so please don't expect the script to be "british". Also, part of the epicness lies in the fake old Italian language used through the movie, and some scenes are gonna look plain if just subbed. Having said that, enjoy the movie, it's gonna make you smirk, but you may want to watch "L'armata Brancaleone" first.

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Release Date:

24 December 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Brancaleone en las cruzadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Algeria See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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