Flatfoot in Africa / Piedone l'africano (1978)

2.0 out of 5

Steno, the one-name Italian director behind this wacky 1978 action-comedy with Bud Spencer dishes out the endless fist-fights and cartoonish action as Spencer travels from Naples to South Africa to investigate the murder of a diamond smuggler. Along for the live-action mayhem and sound effects is a little black boy who runs around in a monkey t-shirt and a hyper-gesticulating Neopolitan stereotype.

Our trio get into all manner of trouble with the Aryan race baddies in some impressive desert locations, and at least 25 reels of African nature footage gets spliced in between the chases and Spencer performing his patented hammer-punches onto the tops of heads. No sex and no violence to speak off, except the eternal pummeling of at least a half dozen recycled stuntmen.

The DeAngelis brothers supply a soundtrack that is as weird and cheerful as some acid tainted Kool-aid nightmare. Bud Spencer does his own stunt flying, despite having no discernible eyes behind his brow.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics