Come rubammo la bomba atomica (1967)

aka How We Stole the Atomic Bomb
Article 3135 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-2-2010
Posting Date: 3-15-2010
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Featuring Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Julie Menard
Country: Italy/Egypt
What it is: Spy parody

A fisherman witnesses the crash of an American Air Force plane believed to be carrying an atomic bomb. He becomes the target of spies who believes he has information about the bomb.

So far the only Franco and Ciccio movie I’ve seen in English is DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS, a movie that was not only a sequel to an American movie but featured an American star in the form of Vincent Price. In other words, I suspect that Franco and Ciccio weren’t the main attraction to English-speaking audiences, and I suppose it’s not surprising that all of the other movies I’ve seen of theirs I’ve only been able to find in unsubtitled Italian. Fortunately, IMDB had a full plot synopsis that I was able to follow to help me here.

For what it’s worth, Franco (the short one addicted to shouting and mugging) is slightly less annoying here than usual, though it doesn’t really help much (he needs to be a LOT less annoying). Initially, they don’t work as a team here; Franco is the fisherman, and Ciccio is a down-on-his-luck spy whose career is dependent on finding the bomb in question. It’s only in the latter half of the movie that they spend a lot of time working together. The plot itself isn’t too bad as far as these things go, and the fantastic content, outside of the marginal spy content, actually delves a bit into horror when one of the villains is trying to use the bomb to revive an Egyptian mummy. The humor even takes an ominous satirical turn towards the end, when the two comedians become for all practical reasons international terrorists. Still, the funniest thing about the movie has little to do with the duo; there’s a trio of of competing spies all trying to get their hands on the bomb who are so busy fighting each other they let their real prey get away. Outside of that, the comic highlight is seeing Ciccio strapped to a butt-kicking machine. Now, if only it had been Franco…

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