Seven Men and One Brain / 7 uomini e un cervello (1968)

1.5 out of 5

Rossano Brazzi, star of South Pacific, produces, writes, directs and stars in this tepid and ill advised attempt at a crime caper. Indeed, under-utilising locations such as Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, this Argentinian and Italian co-production manages to fall pretty flat. This, however, is despite the involvement of talent such as frequent poliziotteschi helmsman Stelvio Massi. Here as cinematographer .

The idea of criminals learning an opera in order to rob an entire audience is sound enough. Except, for a film that attempts to play for laughs, this by-numbers comedy clearly just goes through the motions. As a result, it is all, very much, in the ballpark of excruciating. Lando Buzzanca is especially wasted. Indeed, only a perpetually disrobing Ann-Margret shines. Although, certainly not to the extent that she does, alongside Vittorio Gassman, in The Tiger and the Pussycat.

How We Robbed the Bank of Italy, Grand Slam, The Burglars or The Treasure of San Gennaro all represent better alternatives.

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