Soldier of Fortune (1976 film)

Soldier of Fortune (Italian: Il soldato di ventura) is a 1976 Italian comedy film directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile.[1] The film tells of the challenge of Barletta in a comic and grotesque style.[2][3]

Soldier of Fortune
Directed byPasquale Festa Campanile
Produced byCamillo Teti
Written byCastellano & Pipolo
Luigi Magni
Pasquale Festa Campanile
StarringBud Spencer
Music byGuido & Maurizio De Angelis
CinematographyMarcello Masciocchi
Edited byMario Morra
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
Running time
102 min

Plot summary

In 1503 the soldier of fortune Ettore Fieramosca runs into various adventures, because he is given the task of leading a mob of bungling warriors against the French army. In fact France has decided to conquer the city of Barletta in southern Italy, and so Ettore is forced to use brute force, rather than rely on the help of his fellow soldiers.


As with several other films starring Bud Spencer (on his own or with his partner Terence Hill), the film's soundtrack and its theme song "Oh! Ettore", both composed and performed by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis (who provided the film with an unusually monothematic score) and featuring vocalist Osvaldo Resti mimicking Spencer's on-screen persona as the lead singer in the song, became very popular in Italy at the time of the film's release, and are still popular among the comedy duo's international fan base. The soundtrack album, originally released by soundtrack-specialist company CAM, went rapidly out of print and was re-released on CD for the first time in 2009 (as a strictly limited edition) by Abruzzo-based company Digitmovies Alternative Entertainment.[4]


See also


  1. Andrea Pergolari. Verso la commedia. Firenze libri, 2002.
  2. Luca Iaccarino. Puglia e Basilicata. EDT srl, 2011.
  3. "Bud Spencer Fieramosca ribaldo e spaccatutto in un clima comico". La Stampa. 23 February 1976. p. 7.
  4. Discogs entry for the soundtrack CD re-release.
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