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Sugar, Honey and Pepper (1980)

Zucchero, miele e peperoncino (original title)
Three episodes. First Valerio is mistaken for a notorious criminal. Very beautiful journalists succeed to bring him to her house for an exclusive interview. She tries to seduce him. Second.... See full summary »


Sergio Martino


Franco Castellano (as Castellano), Giuseppe Moccia (as Pipolo)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pippo Franco Pippo Franco ... Giuseppe Mazzarella
Edwige Fenech ... Amalia
Renato Pozzetto ... Plinio Carlozzi
Lino Banfi ... Pugliese
Patrizia Garganese Patrizia Garganese ... Rosalia
Glauco Onorato ... Duilio Mencacci
Enzo Robutti ... Commissario Milanese
Gianfranco Barra ... Guidice
Sandro Ghiani Sandro Ghiani ... Saruzzo
Dagmar Lassander ... Mara Mencacci
Sal Borgese ... Alfio
Guerrino Crivello Guerrino Crivello ... Cancelliere
Luciano Crovato Luciano Crovato ... Tony
Elio Crovetto Elio Crovetto ... Italo Scarnicchia
Carlo Demi Carlo Demi


Three episodes. First Valerio is mistaken for a notorious criminal. Very beautiful journalists succeed to bring him to her house for an exclusive interview. She tries to seduce him. Second. Guiseppe, an unlucky and ugly man, gets a job as a maid. His mistress falls in love for him. Third. Plinio is a taxi driver who loves his cab above all. But at one point he is involved with the kidnapping of a woman. Written by 1felco

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Italian censorship visa # 75659 delivered on 26-9-1980. See more »


Referenced in Il tassinaro (1983) See more »


Zucchero, miele e peperoncino
Lyrics by Andrea Lo Vecchio (as A. Lo Vecchio)
Music by Detto Mariano (as M. Detto)
Performed by del Gruppo Clown
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Carry on up the courthouse
6 October 2003 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

Some of the funniest stars of Italian comedies of the seventies team up with their favorite leading lady, but most of them don't share any scenes together. You see, `Zucchero, miele e peperoncino' does not bother to weave it's sub-plots together, but simply presents three separate stories. A framework sequence in a courthouse keeps the whole thing together. Three crimes of passion are unveiled in a series of colorful flashbacks;

First up is Valerio Milanese (Lino Banfi), who somehow gets mistaken for a notorious criminal. An eager journalist (Edwige Fenech) lures him to her house for an exclusive interview. This being Fenech, she takes off her top to induce him to tell her about his crimes. Lino Banfi was born to play this kind of lustful character, and Edwige Fenech always deserves an extra point.

7 out of 10

The next defendant is Guiseppe Mazzarella (Pippo Franco), a man so down on his luck he can't even successfully commit suicide. Through various mishaps, he finally gets a job as a maid. After all, every Italian comedy has to feature at least one man in drag. Nobody suffers better than Pippo Franco, but unfortunately this segment does drag on a bit to long.

5 out of 10

In the third and final case, Plinio Carlozzi (Renato Pozzetto) starts a one-man taxi company and loves his cab as if it were a woman. Even when he gets involved with the kidnapping of a young woman and a big chase, his only concern is for his one true love. This segment focuses on another very important theme in Italian culture: the car. Renato Pozzetto loves to play quirky idiots and it shows.

6 out of 10

Usually in these kind of sex farces, the protagonists start of as losers and remain so to the end. This time however, all three end up with the girl, but they have to suffer a lot of pain none the less. If you are a fan of the `Carry on' movies, or sex comedies from the seventies in particular, you'll love `Zucchero, miele e peperoncino'. In 1982 followed a sequel of sorts, `Ricchi, Ricchissimi, praticament in mutande', featuring three new capers with the same actors in the same courthouse.

Average: 6 out of 10

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3 October 1980 (Italy) See more »

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Sugar, Honey and Pepper See more »

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Roma, Lazio, Italy See more »

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