Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure
|Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure|
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
|Directed by||Sergio Corbucci|
|Produced by||Josi W. Konski|
|Screenplay by||Amendola & Corbucci|
|Music by||La Bionda|
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure (Italian: Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro also known as A Friend Is a Treasure) is an Italian adventure-comedy movie directed in 1981 by Sergio Corbucci. It was filmed at Key Biscayne, Florida.
Alan Lloyd (Hill) is an inveterate gambler who accumulates a lot of debt and therefore is forced to flee, pursued by shady employers in the area. Charlie O'Brien (Spencer) is an actor who advertises a jam that tastes horrible and is embarking on a long promotional boat trip. Alan, still fleeing, hides inside Charlie's boat behind his back.
After Alan is discovered, the two get into a fight and fall out of the boat, eventually reaching a remote island in the Pacific. There, the two initially believe they are on a desert island, but then discover that it is inhabited and familiarize themselves with the natives. But the welcome party is interrupted by a group of pirates who come each year to capture some natives to sell them as slaves, but they do not know that there are now Alan and Charlie will give them the heave-ho to the sound of punches and blows. Expelled the invaders, the two friends and the natives celebrate and make peace with an old Japanese general in a fort on the island who still believed that World War II is not over. The man receives in his bunker Alan and Charlie and shows them a huge amount of money that he kept hidden for years. Charlie is crazy with joy and steals them all in secret, while the Japanese confides to Alan that they were all fake.
Charlie plans to go on a plane half destroyed, but the pirates on the island inadvertently come back more aggressive and with the incursion of a group of members who had the honor to clash with Alan at the beginning of the story. The natives are captured and humiliated, so Alan and Charlie, who in the meantime had gone off without the latter had discovered the secret of fake money, swoop down with the plane on the attackers. But there's more, the two heroes must fight with their enemies in a battle to the sound of blows and punches that will bring lasting peace to the island. They are then rescued by the crew of USS Forrestal.
Finally the only ones to have lost something after the adventure, Alan and Charlie are just that, discovering the falsity of the bills, find work as scavengers of a museum.
- Terence Hill: Alan Lloyd
- Bud Spencer: Charlie O'Brien
- Sal Borgese: Anulu
- John Fujioka: Kamasuka, a Japanese holdout
- Louise Bennett: Mama
- Tom Tully: Marine Captain
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