“Why? Otherwise you get angry? “
“We are already angry!”
It is March 29, 1974 and since that day, these jokes have become a must in film literature, all over the world.
… otherwise we get angry! is perhaps the film more famous than the quintessential couple of Italian comedy, Bud Spencer e Terence Hill, with They Call Me Trinity 1970 (with its 1971 sequel).
He film, directed, like many others played by the couple, by Marcello Founded he became part of the collective imagination for various reasons and each of us remembers him for something particular: la story, the soundtrack, a scene.
Ben and Kid (Bud Spencer e Terence Hill), a mechanic and a truck driver, they are great friends, but they become bitter rivals when it comes to car racing. One day they find themselves against each other in a rallycross race, where the first prize is a All red Dune Buggy with yellow hood.
After having won the race ex aequo, they challenge each other who gulps down the most beer and sausages in an amusement park kiosk: the one who leaves first, pays the bill and loses the car. However, the challenge is interrupted by a band of henchmen at the service of a local boss, the Capo (John Sharp), intending to demolish the amusement park to make way for one of its skyscraper. The Chief’s men destroy the place and, after trying to steal the Dune Buggy, they ram it and set it on fire.
Determined to get justice, Ben and Kid go to the Cape restaurant and ask to be given a new Dune Buggy, otherwise they will “get mad”. At first the Chief intends to compensate them, my he Doctor (Donald Pleasence), a German-born psychologist who acts as his tutor, convinces him to kill them (curious also to think that the actors John Sharp, the Chief and Donald Pleasence, the Doctor, both were voiced by Oreste Lionello, each with a different vocal timbre.)
Then the Chief hires the famous killer Paganini (Manuel de Blas), so named for his habit of carrying the sniper rifle in a violin case. Ben and Kid are ready to get really angry …
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…Otherwise we get angry grossed 6.443 billion lire at the time, resulting in the highest grossing of the 1973/74 film season surpassing such films The sting, Papillon, My name is Nobody e Amarcord, but in that film season (73/74) there were three films starring the duo to finish among the 10 best grossing of the year: … Otherwise we get angry, My name is Nobody e Bigfoot the cop.
A real triumph of success and notoriety therefore, both for the film and for the couple; just think that …Otherwise we get angry has been translated into 15 languages, and that also thanks to this film, the Times decreed Bud and Terence as the best known Italian actors in the world.
In reality, however, if we weigh it carefully, the real protagonist of this story, it’s her: the mythical Red Dune Buggy with yellow hood, which in those years was built by Puma, a Roman car company specializing in custom-made cars founded by Adriano Gatto.
Do you think that this Roman body shop, he sent it home in an assembly box and to create it he used a Volkswagen Beetle with 1200 engine; her presence in the film guaranteed her a boom in sales in those years and naturally gave the “the” to the realization of the song note, movie soundtrack.
How can we forget the fist fight in the gym on the notes of Dune Buggy of Oliver Onions?
The all-Italian duo actually, made up of the brothers Guido & Maurizio De Angelis have devoted their careers almost exclusively to soundtracks, both for cinema and for television, but they have become famous above all for having set to music many films of Bud and Terence including, for example, …Stronger, guys!, soundtrack for which win the Silver Ribbon.
Other “musically” unforgettable scene and which among other things was totally improvised by Bud Spercer, is the one in which he begins to stammer while singing with the firefighters choir the legendary la la la la lalla, always composed by Oliver Onions.
I believe that this is truly one of the best known scenes in world cinema, and one of the most natural and fun too, with that background tune that, tell the truth, you find yourself humming in a falsetto voice every time you see it … it’s inevitable!
And to think that everything starts with a culinary bet …
“Shall we play cards?
No! Let’s arm wrestling.
No! Why don’t we play beer and sausages? “
Right next to that club where the two are playing there Dune Buggy, stood the Vincente Calderon stadium in Madrid – now demolished, but at the time with a large esplanade and curious to think that in that area, just as he had imagined from the Chief, a building intervention was actually carried out with houses and gardens around it even if it is not the skyscraper dreamed of by the speculator.
In that Luna Park there are many memorable scenes, but you remember it the one in which Bud Spencer launches the rocket over his track?
Well, it all really happened, by mistake, hurting three extras and they weren’t the only ones ppeople to get injured during the shooting, because in one of the fights, Terence Hill was also injured and it was necessary to apply 4 stitches.
He film it was not only filmed in Madrid, but also in Rome; the famous motorcycle chase for example, where Terence Hill uses a Ossa 250 enduro and Bud Spencer a Tuare Motozodiaco, a green area in the province of Rome was shot in the Bosco Manziano, and right here, the actor he played Attila, won the football pools by making 13.
Business card of all the films of the couple are always the playful and funny fistfights, which also in … otherwise we get angry! not lacking, above all the so-called “pigeon”, or the punch given from top to bottom, on the head or shoulder of the victim, usually unhooked by Bud Spencer.
The filming of the last fist fight was even repeated four times; having finished the stage benches for the last take in fact, the crew had to use a real bench which – due to an unforeseen event – ended up leading Terence Hill who unexpectedly got up too early, injuring himself, as we have said and as the same actor has repeatedly told.
“We were doing… otherwise we get angry! and I took a bench on my head: I went to the hospital, they put me four stitches “
Bud and Terence, whose real names, we remember, are Carlo Pedersoli e Mario Girotti, we got used to that seraphic, almost phlegmatic calm, while all around it was chaos, as in the opening scene of the fight in the bar, in which Ben and Kid seem oblivious to the tussle around.
A couple among the most successful of our cinema, why extremely complicit, balanced and calibrated; they are each other’s alter ego and always manage to entertain.