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Uppercut (1978)

Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (original title)
After his fishing boat is "periscoped", ex US footballer Bulldozer docks in an Italian port, where local criminals and American soldiers fight each other. Locals discover Bulldozer's talents and challenge the Yanks to a football game.


Michele Lupo


Rainer Brandt, Marcello Fondato (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bud Spencer ... Bulldozer
Raimund Harmstorf ... Sergeant Kempfer
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Gerry
Nando Paone ... Odd boy
Enzo Santaniello Enzo Santaniello ... Red-haired boy
Marco Stefanelli Marco Stefanelli ... Tony
Giovanni Vettorazzo Giovanni Vettorazzo ... Spitz
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Colonel Martin (as René Kolldehoff)
Joe Bugner ... Orso
Luigi Bonos ... Bulldozers pal, trying to build him a new motor drive (as Gigi Bonos)
Renato Chiantoni ... Ozgur
Piero Del Papa Piero Del Papa ... Haircutter
Totò Mignone Totò Mignone ... Father of Tony (as Toto Mignone)
Mike Morris Mike Morris
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Curatolo


The "Bulldozer", a former football star, is now working as a fisherman. As a group of street-people arranges a football match against the local Armybase, he is asked to be their trainer. His boat was damaged by a submarine and he currently has no work, so he agrees. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Action | Comedy | Sport


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[Bulldozer enters a bar]
barkeeper: Hi. What do ya want, mate?
Bulldozer: An omelette, please.
barkeeper: With one or two eggs?
Bulldozer: Twelve.
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Alternate Versions

Almost 13 minutes of footage was cut from the German release. Missing are two longer sequences showing Bud Spencer beating up Joe Bugner. Only the Italian TV version is completely intact. See more »


Performed by Oliver Onions
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Bulldozer back story
12 May 2013 | by ronaldferrandSee all my reviews

This is the non-fiction back story about the movie Bulldozer with Bud Spencer. I will attempt to ID rumor from fact . In 1977 a group of Italian Soccer and Rugby players formed an American style football sports team. I had heard it was formed by two former American GI's with sportsman drawn from the Milano and Bologna areas. They came to Tirrenia(IT) to play an exhibition game against the Darby Rangers at Camp Darby , a US Army installation close to Livorno ,Italy. Hammered by the experienced Darby Rangers the Italian team suffered many injuries but they would not give up.

In 1978 an Italian film crew came to Tirrenia to film the movie with Bud Spencer. I can't say that the writer's intent was to do a story about the above event but I think it is too close for coincidence. The football scenes were shot at a local sports coop in Tirrenia. Many extras were drawn from the local US military community with soldiers that had played in the 1977 game taking leave to allow them to appear. I was on the Darby Ranger team in 1977 but did not play in that game. I recognized many of the GIs in the movie. I played the medic in the locker room scene and I was one in real life also working with the volunteer ambulance Misericordia Livorno.

One day on the set when were shooting the football scenes one of the GI's had brought a Frisbee. We had Bud Spencer and many of the cast and crew throwing Frisbee. The director eventually pleaded with us to stop as we were slowing down his schedule. In the first take of the locker room scene Bud Spencer kicked the prop door off it's hinges!

It took me many years to find clips of this movie on YouTube. I still haven't seen the full movie.

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Release Date:

5 October 1978 (West Germany) See more »

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Sie nannten ihn Mücke See more »

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Leone Film, Rialto Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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