1973 – colore – 98’


Direction: Mario Monicelli

Screenplay: Age, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli

Cinematography: Alberto Spagnoli
Editing: Ruggero Mastroianni

Set design: Lorenzo Baraldi

Music: Carlo Rustichelli

Costumes: Piero Tosi

Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Claude Dauphin, Duilio Del Prete, Giuseppe Ma oli, Carla Tatò, François Périer, Lino Puglisi, Pietro Tordi, Pino Zac, Tino Bianchi, Camillo Milli, Antonino Faà Di Bruno, Vincenzo Falanga, Giancarlo Fusco, Barbara Herrera, Renzo Marignano, Gianni Solaro, Max Turilli, Salvatore Bilardo, Mauro Misul, Luigi Lenner

Producers: Pio Angeletti, Adriano De Micheli

Production: Dean Film

Restauro Restoration: CSC-Cineteca Nazionale in collaborazione con in collaboration with Dean Film



A far-right member of Parliament from Livorno, Giuseppe Tritoni, in disagreement with the choices of his party, ma- nages to convince some colonels to take part in his plan for a coup. But the plan is not easy to carry out, especially when the Minister of the Interior Li Masi, informed of this political plot, stages a counter-coup. And when Tritoni tries to kidnap the President of the Republic from his residence…


One of the undisputed masters of classic Italian comedy. After his initial collaboration with Steno, with whom he had directed many of the successful lms with Totò, he was the author of many lms that would become milestones of the Italian cinematography: Silver Bear at Berlin for Fathers and Sons (1957), Silver Ribbon for Best Screenplay for Big Deal on Madonna Street, Golden Lion at Venice for The Great War. Among his greatest successes: The Organiser (1963), Brancaleone’s Army (1966), La ragazza con la pistola (1968), Come Home and Meet My Wife (1974), My Friends (1975), Dear Michael (1976), An Average Little Man (1976). His last ction lm dates back to 2006: The Roses of the Desert. He died in 2010 at the age of 95.