Saturday, February 20, 2016

Soldier of Fortune (1976)

Original title: Il Soldato di Ventura

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile

Writers: Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia, Marcello Verucci, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Luigi Magni

Composers: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

Starring: Bud Spencer, Franco Agostini, Enzo Cannavale, Frederic de Pasquale, Jacques Dufiho, Andrea Ferreol, Jacues Herlin, Angelo Infanti, Philippe Leroy, Oreste Lionello, Antonio Orlando, Eros Pagni, Renzo Palmer, Gino Pernice

More info: IMDb

Plot: Medieval soldier of fortune Ettore is travelling through Europe with his partners looking for fight where they can earn some money. When they come across a Spanish castle under siege by the French army, Ettore first bides his time to determine which side is the winning one (and thus more likely to pay his fee). This is as first the French, but the treatment he receives from them is unpleasant enough to make him change his mind and turn to the Spanish side. Somehow, Ettore must rally the weakened Spanish troops to battle their enemy long enough for reinforcements to arrive.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Medieval Spain...tis a silly place.  Tis a silly movie.  I don't mind the silly when it makes me laugh but the comedy here is broad and often too silly for me but I did laugh every once in a while.  Bud Spencer makes the movie.  I've mostly only seen his films from the 70s and he's always likable.  The location shooting is really nice and even though the print I saw as dirty, it's a good looking movie.  the G&M De Angelis score is repetitive, goofy and sometimes fun.  This film was made for the younger audience.  Families with young kids will like it.  

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