Thursday, March 26, 2020

50th Anniversary of “Paths of War”

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Franco & Ciccio’s “Paths of War” a Euro-western comedy film directed by Alberto Grimaldi. The story concerns itself with Franco and Ciccio, two soldiers in the Sicilian army, are forced to flee by the arrival of Garibaldi. The two smuggle themselves out of Sicily by lying in coffins being shipped to America, where they find themselves lost and without any money. They enlist in the U.S. Army and are sent west to fight Indians, despite their stupidity they are able, by a series of fortuitous circumstances, to cause the defeat of the Indians and their final surrender. Things seem to be for the best for Franco and Ciccio, but the sudden discovery of a wrong doing forces them to abandon their enlistment in the army and they find refuge in the desert. To put an end to their troubles, the two hapless friends agree to marry the daughters of an Indian chief and to integrate into an American Indian tribe.

Franco e Ciccio sentiero di guerra - Italian title
Zwei Trottel als Revolverhelden - German title
Franco - Ciccio, oi dyo polemarhoi - Greek title
Franco & Ciccio on the Warpath - English title
Paths of War – English title

A 1969 Italian film production [Mondial Televisione Film (Rome)]
Producer: Sergio Bonotti
Director: Aldo Grimaldi (Arnaldo Grimaldi)
Story: Giovanni Grimaldi, Bruno Corbucci
Screenplay: Giovanni Grimaldi
Cinematography: Fausto Zuccoli [Eastmancolor]
Music: Roberto Pregadio
Running time: 95 minutes

Franco Lo Cascio - Franco Franchi (Francesco Benenato)
Ciccio Spampinato - Ciccio Igrassia (Francesco Ingrassia)
Jeff - Renato Baldini
Lucy Foster - Adler Gray
Wowoka - Joseph Persaud (Turam Quibo)
Lieutenant Martin/Morgan - Stelvio Rosi
Colonel Foster - Gianni Solaro (Gianni Lorenzon)
Officer – Silvio Klein
Mormon - Lino Banfi (Pasquale Zagaria)
Indian - Pietro Torrisi
Scotsman - Renato Malavasi
Sergeant Douglas - Alfred Rizzo
Barman - Luigi Bonos
Sheriff - Fulvio Mingozzi
With: Turi Campochiaro (Salvatore Campochiaro), Wolff Fischer (Wolfgang Fischer), Silvano Spada, Veronica Mary Wells

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