WriterBruno Corbucci, Giovanni Grimaldi Release dateItaly: 1962
I due colonnelli (internationally released as The Two Colonels) is a 1962 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. The character of Toto took inspiration from a similar character he played in Toto Diabolicus.
The story is of Italian and British troops facing off on the Greek - Albanian border in 1943. Both sides take, lose, and retake a border village countless times during the entire movie. The village is taken and retaken by both sides so many times that the locals dont even pay attention to the battles any more and openly collaborate with whichever side is occupying the village at that time. Both sides use the same hotel as their HQ and a friendship and mutual respect even develops between the two opposing commanding officers. This goes on until the Germans arrive and order the Italian commander to destroy the village killing its inhabitants, an order the Italian commander refuses to carry out bringing on a death sentence. His men refuse the German officers order to fire and are also condemned to death. The British recapture the village just in time to save the Italians, all rejoice at the news that Italy has just asked for an armistice.
Toto: Colonel Antonio Di Maggio
Walter Pidgeon: Colonel Timothy Henderson
Nino Taranto: Sgt. Quaglia
Giorgio Bixio: Soldier Giobatta Parodi
Toni Ucci: Mazzetta
Nino Terzo: Soldier La Padula
Scilla Gabel: Iride
Gerard Herter: German General
Roland Bartrop (as Roland von Bartrop): Major Kruger