Super Fuzz (1980)

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Sergio Corbucci, one of the permier directors of the spaghetti western films of the 60’s and 70’s, delves into comedic superhero farce with this cult classic starring the one and only Trinity, Terence Hill.

Dave Speed is a Miami police officer who on a mission to find a man for a traffic violation, accidentally gets immersed in red plutonium that has been ejected from a rocket for a top secret government test. Surprisingly, Dave not only survives the attack, but soon he learns he has acquired super powers.

Getting himself in the worst of situations, Dave uses his newfound powers on speed, telekinesis, and agility to stop local crimes with the help of his partner, Sgt. Willy Dunlop. However, when Dave crosses paths with a gang led by former movie diva Rosy LaBouche and counterfeiting fish marketer Torpedo, Dave soon finds himself framed for Willy’s kidnapping and “murder”? What will Dave do to clear his name and what happens when he learns that he loses his powers when he sees the color red?

The first time I saw this movie was when I was about five years old and it was on HBO practically all the time. This was a definitive cult classic that satirizes the whole superhero genre, made famous from the likes of Superman, Batman, and others. Here, we have just an ordinary guy who ends up having super powers after some nuclear explosion…a red nuclear explosion. See where this is going?

With his star status in some of the top spaghetti westerns, notably the Trinity films, Terence Hill looks like he is having fun as lead character Dave Speed. Yes, that really is the character’s name. He hams it up when it comes to his powers and willfully plays them to hilarity, such as chewing one piece of gum and blowing it to a balloon the size of Texas to running through a room and jumping out of the window to a 30-story drop and land on his feet.

Another plus of this film is veteran Ernest Borgnine, who spends most of the movie yelling and screaming at Dave for the obvious reason that he doesn’t think Dave has powers. He even has a trademark line, “Get em’ up there” that he repeats over and over again, but you can’t help but have a heart for the big galoot. Once he starts ranting, bringing back memories of the first time I watched this, I started laughing.

Plus, let’s face it. For anyone who remembers seeing this on HBO back in the 80’s like I did, who can forgot that classic La Bionda/Oceans theme song, “Super Snooper”. Makes you want to break out the polyester and grab that bass guitar with the famous “Super Super…Super Super Snooper” that is heard during some of the superheroic comic moments.

With a combination of cult classic hysterics and one of the most “messed-up in a funny way” endings, it was like going back in time when seeing Super Fuzz and anyone who saw the film and liked it as a kid, this is hoping this brings back some good, funny, super snooping memories.

WFG RATING: A-

A Transcinema Ltd. production in association with El Pico S.A. and TVI. Director: Sergio Corbucci. Producers: Vittorio Galiano and Josi W. Konski. Writers: Sergio Corbucci and Sabatino Ciuffini. Cinematography: Silvano Ippoliti. Editing: Eugenio Alabiso.

Cast: Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru, Marc Lawrence, Julie Gordon, Lee Sandman, Sal Borghese, Sergio Smacchi, Claudio Ruffini.

 

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