- 1h 32min
Ciccio loves very much the novel Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, although his friend Franco does not understand him.Ciccio loves very much the novel Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, although his friend Franco does not understand him.Ciccio loves very much the novel Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, although his friend Franco does not understand him.
Enter seventies sex-ploitation babes Edwige Fenech and Karin Shubert (in untypically unrevealing roles), who are looking for a couple of Normen to get rid of their husbands. Edwige is married to the emperor and Karin to 'M', I think. You don't normally have to use your brain this much during these Franco and Ciccio flicks. Everybody is double- and triple crossing each other and hatching murder plots. After Edwige bathes in milk, F & C add some coffee to it to make cappuccino. Hahaha. Set on performing at a Festivalius, Claudio Nero has had all the other contestants murdered beforehand. To our surprise the real barbarian cutthroats arrive, but luckily there are enough Centurion uniforms lying around for our bumbling fools to save their mighty ruler once more.
By now the Romans are revolting, Karin is swimming in champagne and Nero's heroes have to make sure Rome is burning. Yes, every epic cliché is accounted for in just under 90 minutes (did the writers use a stack of Asterix comic books for reference?). After a mock trial at the Roman High Court, it's time to throw our protagonists to the lions. Having managed to restrain himself for over an hour of film, Franco finally lets loose with his usual Jerry Lewis face hugging during the Gladiatorial combat. He and Ciccio take turns fighting familiar 'Sword and Sandal' film actors in this sequence, that unfortunately turned out neither as funny or exciting as intended. But they might still be accidentally spared by a thumb in order to escape into to a predictable coda back in present times.
6 out of 10
- May 27, 2005