Monday, 21 November 2016

Miami Supercops (4 Stars)

Despite the amusing title of the film, it's one of the few films starring Bud Spencer and Terence Hill that isn't a comedy. At least, it isn't quite a comedy. It's difficult not to laugh when I see Bud on the screen.

In 1978 Doug Bennet (Terence Hill) and Steve Foster (Bud Spencer) were FBI agents based in Detroit. One of their biggest cases was a bank robbery in which $20 million was stolen. They caught one of the three robbers, Joe Garret, but he refused to name the other two robbers and the money was never found. Shortly after the case Steve retired from the FBI to open a flying school, and Doug was transferred to New York.

In 1985 Joe Garret is released from prison. The police track his movements, hoping he will make contact with his former accomplices to collect his part of the money. He heads straight to Miami, but the police find him dead by the docks. Doug is sent to Miami to investigate the case, and he persuades his old buddy Steve to help him. In order not to arouse attention the two pose as local policemen for the Hialeah police force.

This is a fast paced action film, made more intense by the Italian disco soundtrack. I'm not saying I'm a fan of 1980's Italian disco, but it goes well with the film. I'm sure I've said it before, but Bud and Terence were a perfect duo in all the films they made together.

"Miami Supercops" was filmed in Italian, but the version I watched today was dubbed into English. It's a remastered Blu-ray version. The picture is high quality, but the sound is uneven, fluctuating in volume and quality. If the film really should be dubbed they could at least have re-dubbed the film with new voice actors for the remastering.

Bud Spencer was a giant of cinema. He will never be forgotten.

Bud Spencer
31 October 1929 – 27 June 2016

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