I Due Evasi Di Sing Sing (1964)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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"Those Two" are, of course, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, appearing in yet another of their staggeringly lengthy list of Italian "Franco and Ciccio" comedies, this one directed by frequent collaborator Lucio Fulci in the days before he became an international horror icon with Zombi 2 and L'Aldila. This time around, Franco saves the life of a mafia chieftain (Arturo Dominici). As a gesture of gratitude, the crimelord helps Franco to become a boxer, with Ciccio acting as his trainer. As might be expected, Franco's wins come as a result of the matches being fixed, and one day he is asked to take a fall so that the mafioso can win a fortune. Somehow, Franco ends up winning the match, and the rest of the film concerns his efforts, along with Ciccio, to avoid retribution. Nicely photographed by filmmaker Adalberto Albertini, the film features music from renowned composer Ennio Morricone and a familiar supporting cast including Gloria Paul, Livio Lorenzon, Nino Terzo, and Attilio Dottesio.