Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
In this Italian WW II comedy, an Italian colonel leads the invasion of Montegreco, a small town on the Greek-Albanian border. British troops also try to take over the village. The townsfolk are unconcerned as the two sides have "invaded" them more than threescore times already. The townies care nothing about the war and freely associate with soldiers from both sides. When the story begins, the Italians are currently holding the town. The trouble begins when the British colonel heads back to the pub to retrieve a forgotten pipe and ends up taken prisoner. His soldiers retaliate and take two Italians. They then trade hostages for two cases of whiskey. The two sides continue their little tug-of-war until the Nazis attack and order Montegreco destroyed. The Italian colonel attempts to arrest the German officer in charge, but he is captured by the SS who order his execution. Fortunately, the British officer again saves him and the two decide to join forces and stop the real invaders.
British, hostage, invasion, Italian [nationality], small-town, soldier, war