7 January 2019 | Maciste_Brother
Brawny action comedy starring two beefy men
This Italian movie was directed by Gianfranco Parolini. He started his career in making PEPLUM films in the early 1960s, those beefy action adventures with a Hercules-like muscular hero. Parolini's first productions also starred Brad Harris. The two men would end up making 11 films together, including a spat of PEPLUM productions, KOMMISSAR X spy films and so on. This was their first and only collaboration made in the 1970s. Handsome Antonio Sabato co-stars with Brad Harris in this Bud Spencer - Terence Hill kind of action comedy, with Harris playing Bud and Sabato being Terence Hill. The film itself is sloppy and there's very little to recommend. The one thing which is a constant from the PEPLUM film is the uber beefiness of it all. Parolini loved super brawny action and this movie is no exception. Harris and Sabato basically spend the entire film together. They are inseparable. The way Parolini conceived this and focused everything on their brawniness (check out the poster) lends an indirect sexed-up aspect to it. Sabato keeps gently brushing Harris' hair. In one scene, in a market, the camera focuses in Harris' butt and we hear a seller saying "Melons for sale!" The two men wear some of the skimpiest (Brad Harris in cut-off jeans) and tightest clothes ever put on screen. Sabato certainly wears the tightest jeans I've ever seen in a film. Nothing is left to the imagination. In one scene, Harris falls between Sabato's legs and, after Sabato strokes his hair, Harris stands up, his junk pops out from his skimpy shorts. It's often played for crassness but it comes off more as sexual than funny. The two actors have amazing chemistry together (and zero chemistry with the few women in this). This is what Parolini wanted. And it's the only interesting aspect about it. Harris would go on and make another film as a brawny bearded man wearing wifebeaters and that hat, WHO BREAKS...PAYS. It wasn't directed by Parolini but the formula is pretty much the same and instead of Sabato, Harris teams up with hunky Giancarlo Prete. Veteran Italian actor Gianni Rizzo would star in both films.