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The World of Don Camillo (1984)

Don Camillo (original title)
A priest helps the small town he's stationed in to resolve conflicts by working together.

Director:

Terence Hill

Writers:

Giovanni Guareschi (books), Lori Hill (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Hill ... Don Camillo
Colin Blakely ... Peppone
Mimsy Farmer ... Jo Magro
Andy Luotto Andy Luotto ... Smilzo
Lew Ayres ... Doc
Sam Whipple ... Gigio
Joseph Ragno ... Brusco
Jennifer Hingel Jennifer Hingel ... Lilly
Franco Diogene ... Binella (as Frank Diogene)
Monica Gravina Monica Gravina ... Bride
Mauro Gravina Mauro Gravina ... Groom
Roberto Boninsegna Roberto Boninsegna ... Angel soccer player
Carlo Ancelotti ... Devil soccer player
Roberto Pruzzo Roberto Pruzzo ... Devil soccer player
Luciano Spinosi Luciano Spinosi ... Devil soccer player
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A priest helps the small town he's stationed in to resolve conflicts by working together.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 May 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The World of Don Camillo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cuban-American actor Tomas Milian was considered for the role of 'Peppone' but turned it down. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Giuseppe Colizzi See more »

Connections

Version of Pequeno Mundo de D. Camilo (1957) See more »

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Performed by Randy Crawford
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Too Cool - No Warmth - No Edges
14 August 2002 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

This movie lacks the charm and the warmth of the original stories by Guareschi. Transporting the context 30 years forward into present-day (that is: 1980s) Italy was probably the right thing to do, since the distance in time wasn't big enough to film this as a period piece, but turning Don Camillo into such a cool dude rips the heart out of these stories. Mario Girotti plays the character in Trinity style, aloof, quirky, dead-pan; but this Camillo is barely recognisable as the passionately caring priest of the books. I don't think the earlier Camillo incarnation by Fernandel was right either (e.g. Fernandel's Camillo was not physical enough), but at least it exuded the required warmth.

A cool Don Camillo creates another problem: what happens with his constant little battles with Peppone and his party? Peppone's communist shenanigans are similarly toned down and as a result the antagonism between the two sides does not ring true - at least not to the extent the stories require. Thus, this film version also lacks the tension, conflict and hatred between the two camps. Perhaps there was some sensitivity here towards the American market: no children's movies with real communists in them, please!

A few changes to cater for the international market are also embarrassing: the two soccer teams are called "Angels" and "Devils" (in English!) and a couple of the songs performed in Church are in English as well. This is situated in rural Italy!


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