Strait-laced Pozzetto and “dirty” Milian give life to one of the strangest couples in Italian comedy
Despite its success, it will be a one-off; nonetheless, it is has some memorable moments for fans of the genre
The premise revolves around throwing together, and playing off each other, two of the most unique and seemingly incompatible Italian comic actors: the strait-laced Renato Pozzetto and the “dirty” Tomas Milian (also known as “Monnezza”, a very influential cinematic creation who featured in numerous films directed by Bruno Corbucci).The magazine Cinema 70 perfectly summarised the pairing: “A union of shy, vague irony and exuberant working-class verve, a meeting of good-natured whisper and scream, of well-groomed and dishevelled, of composed and chaotic.” It worked a treat and was much appreciated by the public at the time, however, for unknown reasons, this film was its first and only outing. Some moments have obtained cult status with fans: in particular, the scene set in the “Dar Buiaccaro” restaurant. But let’s not spoil the surprise by saying too much.
A small-time businessman from Varese travels to Rome to bribe a politician, but loses a briefcase containing a considerable sum of money. The prime suspect, Monnezza, the honest neighbourhood thief, gives him a hand to recover the cash.