7.3/10
1,639
3 user 5 critic

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.

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

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

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 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
Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Folco Lulli
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mischievous nobleman and his poor doppelganger get into serious troubles when a practical joke endangers the Pope.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Paolo Stoppa, Caroline Berg
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A meek middle-aged man takes justice in his own hands.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Shelley Winters, Vincenzo Crocitti
Amici miei (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Philippe Noiret
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Adolfo Celi
The Great War (1959)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori
Viva Italia! (1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Several episodes depicting Italian's life in short humoristic stories.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Ornella Muti, Alberto Sordi
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him, and bring him to court, whatever it takes. But - will the magistrate ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Ely Galleani
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A critique of the role of the male in modern Italian society and has demonstrated the possibility of a form of 'female bonding' between women who live, by choice, in a world without men

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Liv Ullmann, Catherine Deneuve, Giuliana de Sio
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Roberto Renna
The Monsters (1963)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The myths of the sixties are satirized in 20 episodes.

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Lando Buzzanca
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Death is played by an unrecognizable Gigi Proietti, a popular Italian actor and comedian who voiced the Italian versions of, among others, the titular character in Rocky (1976), the Genie in Aladdin (1992) and Gandalf in the Peter Jackson Hobbit movies. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Host Lucie Výborné: Jan Hrebejk (2018) See more »

User Reviews

 
For fans of vintage Italian comedies and Monty Python - great fun!
19 January 2006 | by debblystSee all my reviews

After the smash hit and trend-setting "L'Armata Brancaleone" (1965), a sequel was inevitable. So, five years later, came "Brancaleone alle Crociate" (1970), by the same team (director/co-writer Monicelli, co-writers Age+Scarpelli, star Gassman), following our Quixotesque medieval hero in his way to the Holy Land during the Crusades, with all the wildest shenanigans thrown in. He is joined by a team of wackos (including a hilarious Christian flagellant) and on the way he meets even crazier weirdos: a treacherous German crusader (scene-stealer Paolo Villaggio and his cracking fake German-Latin dialect), a princess disguised as a leper (Beba Loncar), a beautiful witch (Stefania Sandrelli), a king (Adolfo Celi) who speaks only in rhyme (VERY funny!).

Though not on that same level of the first film — which would be impossible, since the first "Brancaleone" is simply perfect — and despite some lulls along the way, this sequel has big assets of its own: the side-splitting, witty mix of fake dialects (which may be only fully appreciated if you master Italian language reasonably); fiery Gassman and his great blend of parody and farce; a big budget with locations in Algeria; and some wonderful gags, many of them paraphrased or downright stolen by Monty Python in films such as "The Holy Grail", "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life" (the Grim Reaper bit is directly stolen from this "Brancaleone").

If you're a fan of Italian comedies or Monty Python films, you can't miss this one. This is from the time when Italian comedies ruled, and deservedly so. Great fun!


44 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed