Come Rubammo la Bomba Atomica (1967)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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By 1967, it was clear that the string of successful Franco and Ciccio comedies teaming the popular duo with filmmaker Lucio Fulci were running out of gas. The filmmaker himself was already starting to explore other areas, as evidenced by the previous year's violent Western Le Colt Cantarono a Morte e Fu...Tempo di Massacro, and he would soon leave comedy behind for good in favor of violent action films, thrillers, and -- most notably -- the bloody horror films which earned him a cult reputation. There were still two final Franco and Ciccio films to be made in 1967, however (this one and Il Lungo, il Corto, il Gatto), and this Italian-Egyptian co-production is among the worst films in the series. Franco Franchi plays a fisherman stranded off the Egyptian coast by a downed American plane carrying a secret bomb. The incident puts the entire world on high alert, and Franco is immediately kidnapped by the bungling Agent 87 (Ciccio Ingrassia) of the Italian spy organization Spectralis. 87/Ciccio believes that Franco can help him find the bomb, leading to a spectacularly unamusing torture scene in which the spy is attacked by his own butt-kicking machine. Franco escapes and -- unaware that he is in Egypt, a country he has never heard of -- tries to get back to Palermo, only to be seduced by Cinzia (Julie Menard), a beautiful agent for the evil Dr. Yes (Youssef Wahby). In the meantime, Ciccio is being accosted by a trio of spies (parodies of James Bond, Modesty Blaise, and Derek Flint), who are also looking for Franco. Franco and Ciccio eventually team up to thwart Dr. Yes, battle a spy disguised as an Egyptian mummy, and locate the real atomic bomb, which they use to hold the world at ransom from a posh tropical island.