The Movie That Brought Bud Spencer And Terence Hill Together Was Made By Accident

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Bud Spencer and Terence Hill’s first film together, God Forgives, I Don’t!, was written and directed by Giuseppe Colizzi. He discovered how good Mario Girotti with his sly eyes and Carlo Pedersoli, the bear-like mover who delivers deadly peasant swings, look good together. From Levente Király’s book, The Unbeatable Couple, we can now also find out how a whole was created.

In 1967, due to a strange coincidence, Colizzi was able to stand behind the camera and make his debut as an advanced mastermind from cinematographer to director.

“God forgives, I don’t! it was born almost entirely by accident.”
– says the director’s son, Alessandro Colizzi.

“It would be more correct to say ‘out of necessity’, behind which there is a story with incredible consequences. The story of a producer and his colleagues who produced the film Szép csáldok, directed by Ugo Gregoretti. After the presentation, they find themselves around a table and discuss how they should pay off the huge debts they have accumulated in the meantime. After days of awkward brainstorming, they decide to try to get back on their feet with a film aimed at foreign markets this time, just so they can pay it off. To save money, they share the roles among themselves. Giuseppe Colizzi writes and directs the film (he has two novels published by Mondadori [book publisher – ed.] and has extensive experience as a production manager), Colizzi’s wife, Silvana Mangini, plays the role of assistant, and the third partner is Enzo D’Ambrosio , who is the film’s producer.”

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Alessandro said, then continued:

“The business is a piece of cake, but the idea sounds good. At the top of the wave of enthusiasm, my father barricades himself at home and writes the story of the film in record time. The script, written in a few weeks, turned out quite well, convincing D’Ambrosio to ask his elderly father for a loan. They also find a distributor who is willing to distribute the film for a sum. Although the budget is low, they decide to launch the cinema, which a few months later becomes an unexpected hit.”

From the mid-60s, almost every Italian director copied Sergio Leone’s Dollar trilogy, so it is not surprising that Giuseppe Colizzi also took ideas from his former film colleague in his film. The film was finally completed after three months of shooting.

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