The Best of Enemies | 1961 | David Niven, Alberto Sordi

Anglo-Italian satire in which Niven’s suave army major and Sordi’s captain keep bumping into each other in wartime Ethiopia. David Niven’s plane crashes in enemy territory, and he and his RAF sidekick (Michael Wilding) are captured by Sordi – all the chaps rather get to like each other before the prisoners have negotiated their release – but, war being war, they then have to fight each other for the rest of the movie. Awfully inconvenient. A witty comedy of military errors, briskly done.

David Niven as Maj. Richardson
Alberto Sordi as Capt. Blasi
Michael Wilding as Lt. Burke
Harry Andrews as Capt. Rootes
Noel Harrison as Lt. Hilary
Amedeo Nazzari as Maj. Fornari
Aldo Giuffrè as Sgt. Todini

Director: Guy Hamilton
Script: Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Agenore Incrocci, Jack Pulman, Luciano Vincenzoni, Furio Scarpelli

UK, Italy | 104 minutes | 1961


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