Another irresistible character for Tomas Milian, playing Italy’s favourite sport
In the middle of the beloved film series playing “rough cop” Detective Nico Giraldi, Tomas Milian took a hiatus to introduce a new character, with the indispensable contribution of trusted director Bruno Corbucci and screenwriter Mario Amendola. He plays a former footballer with a promising career who has ended up as a deadbeat con-man. Milian’s trademarks are all there: rough manners, bad language and a sensitive soul. Here, he comes up against a big-hearted priest who is both benevolent and gullible. Their relationship seems to always be on the point of exploding, but as with all good odd-couples they ultimately end up working together to achieve a common goal. The entertaining cons, the likeability of the characters, and the veracity of the comic scenes make this film a must-see for fans of the football-comedy subgenre. And, of course, for the many fans of Tomas Milian.
When a promising career as a centre-forward for the Roma football team comes to an end, Bruno Marangoni becomes a con-man. He attempts suicide but is saved by Don Gaetano, a priest active in helping the football team from the small town of Castelfranco. Bruno goes to live in the priest’s house, but continues his shady activities. Upon the priest’s insistence, he starts training the local team. He quits just before a big game, when the chance of easy money from a big con comes his way. However, he has a change of heart and leads the team to promotion.