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Knock-Out Cop (1978)

Piedone l'africano (original title)
Commissary Rizzo in Napoli gets a message from a policeman from South Africa who wants to meet him. Immediatlz before this meeting the south African policeman is killed. Dying he shows ... See full summary »




Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay), Giovanni Simonelli (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Spencer ... Commissario Rizzo 'Piedone'
Enzo Cannavale ... Caputo
Werner Pochath ... Spiros (as Werner Pochat)
Joe Stewardson Joe Stewardson ... Klein Smollet
Carel Trichardt Carel Trichardt ... Captain Müller
Desmond Thompson Desmond Thompson ... John Desmond - Commissioner of Police
Baldwyn Dakile Baldwyn Dakile ... Bodo (as Bodo)
Dagmar Lassander ... Margy Connors
Antonio Allocca Antonio Allocca ... Receptionist
Giancarlo Bastianoni Giancarlo Bastianoni ... Smollet's Henchman
Franco Cirino Franco Cirino
Giorgio Cerioni Giorgio Cerioni
Ester Carloni Ester Carloni ... Maria, tabaco seller
Rita Ehlers Rita Ehlers
Carlo Reali Carlo Reali ... Edmonds' assistant


Commissary Rizzo in Napoli gets a message from a policeman from South Africa who wants to meet him. Immediatlz before this meeting the south African policeman is killed. Dying he shows Rizzo a picture of his little son Bodo. Riyyo travels to Johannesburg to find out what the policeman was working on and to find Bodo. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama


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(At around 53 min) The reflection on the window of the cab show the director and the crew. See more »


Commissario Rizzo 'Piedone': Say, who is this Kiru?
Caputo: Ah, Kiru, he's the god of the mountains. For him you're a god, but a god of trouble. What a god!
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Follows Flatfoot in Hong Kong (1975) See more »

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New entry with Bud Spencer as deputy Rizzo who travels to Johannesburg
12 October 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Amusing comedy set on Napoles and a far country as South Africa for Bud Spencer enthusiasts , repeating his usual role as comissario , this time dealing with diamonds robbing and drugs . Rizzo (Bud Spencer or Carlo Perdesoli) is a corpulent and bouncing cop from Napoles . Commissary Rizzo gets a phone message from an African man who wants to meet him . One time happens the meeting the stranger is shot , but Rizzo gets a photograph of his little son . Rizzo nicknamed Flatfoot travels to big city of Johannesburg and finds Bodo ( a likable Zulu little boy ) and his former partner (Enzo Cannavale ) who poses as restaurant owner . Rizzo goes to the mansion a rich man (Joe Steward) there he dances with Mary ( a gorgeous Dagmar Lassander) a moving dancing . Later , he goes a safari where meets enemies (Werner Pochath) , facing off dangers, and several adventures.

This is a good entertaining juvenile for Bud Spencer fans , as he's delightful . It packs action, fist-play , slapdash , humor with tongue-in-cheek and is quite amusing . This release has some cool and several hilarious moments, though the Terence Hill-Bud Spencer duo films are better . The film isn't always good , sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions ,it's frankly delicious. The movie displays innumerable laughters , jokes and slapstick . Enjoyable screenplay by Verucci and Giovanni Simonelli . Catching musical score with noisy songs by Guido and Mauricio De Angelis (Spaghetti Western habitual) and composed by synthesizer , as usual . Colorful cinematography by Alberto Spagnoli who photographs splendidly the African outdoors . The motion picture was professionally directed by Steno , Stefano Vanzina (father of Carlo Vanzina). He wrote and directed in the 60s Toto vehicles (Toto vs the four, Two colonels) ; Walter Chiari and Raimondo Vianello shows (Heroes of the West, Twins from Texas). In the 70s and 80s directed Bud Spencer movies about Flatfoot or Rizzo, also called Piedone, such as, ¨Flatfoot in Hong Kong¨, ¨Flatfoot in Egypt¨ and ¨Banana Joe¨ , among others. And in the 80s directed TV series , ¨the Professore Jack Clementi¨, again with Bud Spencer. Rating : Acceptable and passable , though only for Bud Spencer fans .

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Release Date:

22 March 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Plattfuß in Afrika See more »

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Laser Films, Rialto Film See more »
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