Wow, this movie started out right, and toward the end, it just fall apart. The movie really could had been the next 1959's North by Northwest, but somewhere, the smart gags about realistic mistaken identity, became more of an unrealistic spy parody. Directed by Enzo Barboni, the movie is Italian action comedy film that stars the comedy team of Terence Hill & Bud Spencer, best known for their Trinity, Spaghetti Western series. When the Spaghetti Western genre ran dry on them, they went into buddy cop films. The movie is similar to their movies 1977's Crime Busters film and 1985's Trinity: Good Guys and Bad Guys, in which has nearly the same concept, similar cast and settling. Spencer often always plays the dim-witted, quiet, large bear-like man with a huge appetite. Knock in action-comedies for this hammer-like blows. Hill on the other hand, plays the handsome, smart-aleck and fleet-footed partner. The movie stars a roller drifter Rosco Frazer (Terence Hill) and recently released convict Doug O'Riordan (Bud Spencer) whom from misunderstanding is mistaken for spies by the CIA. Yes, just go with right. Together, under their new names, Steinberg (Terence Hill) and Mason (Bud Spencer), both are sent out for a secret mission where they go undercover as rich Texans. Their job is to track down a mysterious secret organization hiding in Miami Beach lead by a megalomaniac criminal known as K1. Honestly, the movie falls apart, just as they accept their spy mission. First off, how did both men, really got good on being spies? Most of the movie, so far until then, both were just lucky to get away. Now, they able to do a number of unlikeable things, like fly a helicopter, or have a boat chase. I guess, they were watching a lot of James Bond movies. After all, they get their own 'Q' scene. There is also a sexual innuendo about a certain cherry, if you know what I mean. Susan Teesdale was attraction as the James Bond type assassin. I didn't like Model-actress Faith Minton's henchwoman character. Half the time, I mistake her for a guy in drags. Anyways, I didn't mind all the Ian Fleming references. The fight scenes are some of the worst fight choreography fights. It's worst and worst throughout the film. They are a few seconds off, each punch and the kicks are just awful. Watching Bud Spencer try to move around is just hilarious bad. Still, he can move alright, for a big man. He used to be a Olympic Swimmer. I have to say, the Ninjas stunt work are just the worst. The movie even spotlights a fight at the Miami Seaquarium for some odd reason. A million dollars can make you do anything, but gees
that was a bit unrealistic. Also, what happen to the regular Steinberg and Mason? Then you got K1, whom silly plan is to erase mankind's understanding of all numbers with his "K-Bomb", plunging the world into chaos. Honestly, I don't get what it has to do with blowing up the Space Shuttle and how that's supposed to stop people from using numbers. It doesn't make sense. It's a bit disturbing when you think about this plan, because the stock footage of the space shuttle feature in the movie, is the maiden voyage of the Challenger that went into space on April 4, 1983. Indeed, a few years later, the Challenger indeed blew up on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members in which some people believe was a cover up on a CIA conspiracy. I have to say, the gags get sillier and sillier. The jokes got really far out of hand. Honestly, how did the elevator to a pizza place in the middle of Miami, go to a ship in the middle of the ocean near Cape Canaveral? Anyways, both Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer went great in their roles. Lots of funny moments. Mostly in the first act. The film is a bit dated and some of the jokes go flat as hell. Miami in 1983 looks pretty lame. I love the pre 9/11 airport. I don't know if Terrence Hill is a ventriloquist or not, but it's some of the best gags in the film. The opening song 'Round! Round!' was a pretty good song. Sound so Beach Boyish. The English dubbing is a bit off. The actors surrounding them are just awful. The only supporting actor that was alright was David Huddleston as Tiger, their boss. Depending on what DVD or VHS, you're watching, you have poorly lit scenes and awful dubbing. I have to say, the version, I found, was a lot better. Overall: Recommended to all fans of the Bud Spencer & Terence Hill, but just note, it's not one of their best.