Criminal mastermind 'The Fox' sets up a phony film production and masquerades as it's director as part of a plan to smuggle a stolen gold shipment into Italy.
|Release Date||:||January 1, 1966|
|Production Company||:||Nancy Enterprises Inc. (I), Cinecitta Italiana Stabilimenti Cinematografici, Compagnia Cinematografica Montoro (CCM)|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Vittorio De Sica|
|Casts||:||Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland, Martin Balsam, Akim Tamiroff, Paolo Stoppa, Tino Buazzelli, Mac Ronay, Maria Grazia Buccella, Lando Buzzanca, Lydia Brazzi, Vittorio De Sica, Maurice Denham, Tiberio Murgia, Francesco De Leone, Carlo Croccolo, Nino Musco, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Lino Mattera, Piero Gerlini, Daniele Vargas, Franco Sportelli, Giustino Durano, Mimmo Poli, Enzo Fiermonte, Angelo Spaggiari, Mario Del Vago, Timothy Bateson, David Lodge|
|Plot Keywords||:||movie business, escapee convict, gold bar|
While certainly not one of his greatest works, Peter Sellers nonetheless shines as Aldo Vanucci, aka "The Fox". He underplays the role in his early scenes, as the scheming criminal, but pulls out all the stops when the character hits upon the idea to masquerade as "Fredrico Fabrizi" the great neo-realist. Much like the scheme inspires Vanucci, the disguise inspires Sellers, and his wildly inventive genius kicks into high gear.
Equally funny is Victor Mature as aging, past-his-prime movie idol Tony Powell. It's a well-written part (by Neil Simon), but Mature really brings him to life, and rather than merely making him a buffoon, which would have been easy to do, he gives him a quality of sympathy; deep down, despite all his posturing and pompousness, Powell probably knows he's on the decline.
All-in-all, a very funny film, with a truly inspired Sellers performance, even if it's not his best. Even a little really good Sellers goes a long way. He's sadly missed.