After Hong Kong, the most family-friendly cop in the world goes after drug traffickers in South Africa
For Bud Spencer and the rest of us, another feel good adventure full of punches and laughs
Here we are at episode three in the series, and by now Piedone has become a cinematic golden goose. After returning from his previous mission in the Far East, this time he travels to South Africa, with its spectacular wildlife, breathtaking scenery and traditional dances. The extra-large cop’s temperament remains unchanged, with its unassailable sense of justice and a collection of devastating punches to teach the bad guys a lesson they won’t soon forget. By now the character has become even more family friendly, by renouncing a certain amount of the violent conduct more typical of the detective genre, especially evident in the first film. Bud Spencer casts his familiar spell over us, by flying an airplane, attacking wrongdoers with a dinosaur bone, dancing, and becoming a father figure to a native orphan: a young Zulu boy named Baldwin Dakile who conquered Steno’s heart with his innate sense of humour and the ease with which he could mimic facial expressions. He subsequently appeared in Piedone l’egiziano.
A black South African police officer on a mission to investigate shady dealings is murdered in Naples. Inspector Piedone catches an airplane to Johannesburg to unmask the culprits. After a series of dangerous adventures, he incriminates a billionaire who is at the head of a diamond and heroin smuggling ring. Piedone will return home with yet another orphan.