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Brancaleone alle Crociate (1970)

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.

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Vittorio Gassman ... Brancaleone da Norcia
Adolfo Celi ... Re Boemondo
Stefania Sandrelli ... Tiburzia da Pellocce
Beba Loncar ... Berta d'Avignone
Gigi Proietti ... Pattume / Colombino / La Morte (as Luigi Proietti)
Lino Toffolo ... Panigotto
Paolo Villaggio ... Thorz
Gianrico Tedeschi Gianrico Tedeschi ... Pantaleo
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori ... Rozzone
Shel Shapiro Shel Shapiro ... Zenone (as Norman David Shapiro)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ceuru Abgui Ceuru Abgui
Djamel Abu Djamel Abu
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Accusatore di Tiburzia
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci
Remo Bonarota Remo Bonarota
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | Algeria

Language:

Italian

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Award: Grand Prix de l'Humour au Festival de Chamrousse 1977 See more »

Connections

Follows L'armata Brancaleone (1966) See more »

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Quirky, but lacks wit
30 July 2012 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

"Brancoleone alle crociate" looks a lot like the blueprint to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (complete with animated bits), but unfortunately it's nowhere near as funny. The actors most definitely aren't the problem, because they're great and really seem to have fun with this project. The director does a pretty good job as well, the movie bathes in a very outrageous atmosphere that's really fitting for the source material. No, to me it's purely a script thing. The jokes are mostly just flat and predictable, it's absurd comedy by writers who haven't really gotten the gist of it yet. Take the running gag with the king who rhymes every sentence for example, you know there are some good scenes in there but they can't fish them out. Inevitably some stuff does work (the guy using another guy as his horse is a nice touch), but the laughs are few and far apart. However, the movie is still enjoyable for some reason, mainly because I'm a sucker for this kind of pseudo-historical comedy. Not the greatest in its genre, but it's watchable.

One last thing: given that I don't understand Italian, I saw this movie subtitled in French. The jokes may well be hilarious in their original language, who knows.


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