Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two Supercops

I due superpiedi quasi piatti; Comedy, Italy/ Germany, 1976; D: E.B. Clucher, S: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, David Huddleston, Luciano Catenacci, Ezio Marano, Luciano Rossi

Miami. The thin Matt and the corpulent Wilbur are looking for a job in a port, but get in trouble with the gangster union that controls the port and beat them up. When the uneven duo tries to rob a store, they accidentally storm into the wrong room, into the police recruitment center, and are forcefully persuaded to join in. Now as police officers, Wilbur can't stand that Matt is always praised by Captain McBride. They start to solve the case of a murdered Chinese worker and once again meet the gangster union that smuggles drugs. The gangsters try to eliminate them unsuccessfully, until the duo storms their hideout in a bowling alley and arrest them.

As a carefree piece of pure light entertainment, "Two Supercops" are actually quite a solid comedy with decent jokes that doesn't try to be anything more than it sets out. The movie works at best the first 20 minutes due to the charisma by cult Italian comedians Terence Hill and Bud Spencer whose interaction still has some charm even in this watered down mainstream version that's just a copy of a copy of their original films, while especially good are the scenes of the running gag where they constantly destroy the car of the gangsters, precisely in the scene where Matt has a gun in his hand and forces them to "enthusiastically" demolish their own car with sledge hammers. The main plot where they become police officers, though, quickly oozes off into pale nothing, offering weak gags (the scene where Matt pretends to be walking on crutches and makes grimaces by faking to be communicating with the "deaf mute" Wilbur is rather too grotesque and arid) and rather standard story build up. As it's often the case in Hill-Spencer comedies, the most fun moment turns out to be the finale that once again finds inspiration after the mild middle part of the film, that culminates in the funny fist fights of the duo with the two dozen gangsters in a bowling alley, while an ignorant gangster henchman again and again tries to inform his busy boss how he "saw two suspicious people around the building".



J Luis Rivera said...

Hi mate, long time no see you! What can I say? I love Terence Hll and Bud Spencer... even in their awful films. But that's cause they were an important part in my childhood (and in the childhood of many Mexicans, hahaha)


Marin Mandir said...

They made, in my opinion, their best film with western comedy "Trinity" in 1970, achieved a huge success, and from there on the producers just placed them in the same formula - two good guys beating up numerous bad guys. Some of those copy-paste comedies were actually good, but most weren't.