The craziest battle cry in Italian comedy explodes like a surreal missile in this comedy set in a military barracks
“Patroclo” isn’t a character, it is a psychopathic battle cry. Giorgio Bracardi, one of the sharpest and most surreal Italian comedians, originally invented it for the cult radio broadcast Alto gradimento. Out of nowhere this summonsing of the mysterious Patroclo erupts: it is nonsense, pure and simple, and it can be heard throughout the 1970s whenever young people are around. In this film, Bracardi floats around like a foreign body, letting fly with his impressive vocal cords at the most unexpected moments (including one memorable scene where his head pops out of a toilet). Constructed around these moments of madness, is an enjoyable and entertaining comedy of a more traditional nature set in a military barracks, with Pippo Franco and his “pasta and beans” face having to deal with pain-in-the-ass sergeants, line-ups, war drills, unattainable women and extra-large sweethearts.
Petty thief Bruno Camillone manages to obtain a false passport so that he can escape across the border. Unfortunately the name on the document is that of a draft dodger. Unexpectedly, Bruno finds himself doing military service in Apulia, subject to the whims of an impossible sergeant.