Super Fuzz (1980)

Sergio Corbucci is known for making some of the most violent spaghetti westerns ever committed to the screen, including DjangoThe MercenaryNavajo Joe and The Great Silence. In fact, his contributions to exploitation film are so important, he received a special thanks at the end of Kill Bill Volume 2. He was also known for the exact opposite type of film later in his career — ridiculous comedies.

Police officer Dave Speed (Terence Hill, The Call Me Trinity) going to the electric chair for what will be the fourth time the state has tried to execute him for the murder of his superior officer and friend Sergeant Willy (Ernest Borgnine, The Devil’s Rain!). Yes, this is a comedy. Yes, I saw this when I was eight.

Dave gets blasted by nuclear radiation while trying to serve a parking ticket and ends up with all manner of powers, like super speed, endurance, telekinesis, ESP, hypnotism and invulnerability. The only problem is that the color red shuts his powers off. He and Willy soon battle the mob forces of Torpedo (played by formerly blacklisted actor Marc Lawrence, who was Mr. Weiss in The Nightmare Never Ends segment of Night Train to Terror) and his girlfriend Rosy Labouche (Joanne Dru, older sister of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall).

The bad guys set up Dave and leave Willy to drown on their ship the Barracuda, but our hero finally escapes from prison and rescues his friend, despite him being frozen for weeks. He also flies on a giant bubble of gum and then drops into the Earth and emerges on the other side in China.

Hill and his frequent partner Bud Spencer made plenty more movies with Corbucci, as well as two other cop movies — Crime Busters and Miami Supercops.

If you had HBO in the 1980’s, there’s no way you missed this movie. I think that it aired every single night. According to the February 1983 HBO GuideSuper Fuzz aired 8 times in one month. Seriously, people never got sick of this one.

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