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I'm for the Hippopotamus (1979)

Io sto con gli ippopotami (original title)
In Africa, 2 expat "brothers" are usually at each other's throats but now have a common enemy. Ormond's men are shooting or catching much of the wildlife for export as well as forcing the locals off their land. Lots of fun fights follow.


Italo Zingarelli
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Terence Hill ... Slim
Bud Spencer ... Tom
Joe Bugner ... Ormond
May Dlamini May Dlamini ... Mama Leone
Dawn Jürgens Dawn Jürgens ... Stella (Slim's lady-love)
Malcolm Kirk Malcolm Kirk ... Ormond's bald henchman
Ben Masinga Ben Masinga ... Jason, the doctor
Les Marcowitz Les Marcowitz ... Trixie, the Midget
Johan Naude Johan Naude ... Ormond's chief henchman, the Russian
Nic van Rensburg Nic van Rensburg
Hugh Rouse Hugh Rouse ... Police Captain, arresting Slim and Tom
Mike Schutte Mike Schutte ... Ormond's henchman (German version: Lumpi)
Kosie Smith Kosie Smith ... Ormond's henchman with moustache (German version: Kopf, wie 'n Hauklotz)
Joseph Szucs Joseph Szucs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandy Nkomo Sandy Nkomo ... Senghor (Stella's father) (as Sandy Ngkomo)


In Africa, many years ago, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant, starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian Zoo's! Slim and Tom must teach this guy a lesson by beating the hell out of him and his gang, left and right! Written by Mark MacIntyre <page13@fastmail.ca>

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The make and model of the two classic cars were both 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II automobiles. See more »


After the lunch Tom opens a set of cages with lions (and a cheetah) in them. He opens them from right to left. But the 2 cages we see him opening in close-up, still have closed cages with lions in them to their right. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nearly 8 minutes of footage was cut from the German release. Gone is the infamous and much talked about "Butterfly" sequence. The boxing match between Bud Spencer and Joe Bugner at the end on the boat is also missing about 1 minute of fighting. See more »


Featured in Bud's Best - Die Welt des Bud Spencer (2012) See more »


Sung by Bud Spencer
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Plenty of laughs
2 April 2018 | by richardjp-17225See all my reviews

Plenty of laughs and fight scenes in this one and this is the only one of their movies where Spencer comes across a guy who is nearly as tough as he is.

Hard to deal with seeing wild animals locked up in cages, but I suppose that it's good that Spencer and Hill were on a mission to set them all free. Some of the scenes really did look like animals were being set free for real.

BTW, hippopotami only feature in the first scene. A laughing mechanical one in particular.

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Italy | South Africa


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Release Date:

5 December 1979 (South Africa) See more »

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