ITALIAN FILM SCENES ARE SMASH ON BEACH
Miami Herald, The (FL) - January 31, 1983
Author: LIZ BALMASEDA Herald Staff Writer
When the flying cars, burning rubber and crashing metal stopped Sunday morning, a wreckage of fast cars littered Collins Avenue like a mess of linguini.
"Anybody get killed? Where are the bodies?" a hysterical motorist asked a police officer.
"Nah -- they walked away without a scratch," the policeman answered coolly.
Well, they walked away without a scratch after the director said "Cut."
It was only a movie -- a wild, wild movie: an Italian comedy about two wacky secret agents who -- in their chase for the bad guys -- come to Miami Beach in their "Supercar," check into the Fontainebleau Hilton and get into all sorts of zany trouble in the wildest of places -- for example, the Seaquarium.
Go For It. it is called.
"Is it Burt Reynolds or Jackie Gleason?" asked a passerby, seemingly familiar with local film production.
When she was told the cast, she gave a blank look.
The film, which will be edited in Italy and dubbed in various languages, stars Italy's Dynamic Duo, Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill , familiar faces of the slapstick genre. Produced by the El Pico company, it is directed by Roman filmmaker E.B. Clutcher (his American name).
The secret agents zoom about Collins Avenue in their custom-made Supercar, a speed machine that resembles a low-rider vehicle.
Still learning the function of all the hidden gadgets in the car, the spys hit the oil-slick button by mistake, releasing a jetstream of oil (actually grape-colored water) onto Collins Avenue, which triggers a series of spinouts and wrecks. Even a Miami police car involved in the chase gets into the demolition session.
"The Italians are here. Incredible," chuckled one spectator.
But during Sunday's smash-up scenes, the big stars took a breather. The action scenes were done by local stunt actors like Mike Warren -- the guy who walked out of the smashed Olds without a scratch -- and Artie Malesci, who also maneuvered a jump car at a deceiving 40 miles per hour.
"I've done that stunt about 200 times," shrugged Warren, taking a swig of Coors during lunchtime.
Passersby didn't know that.
Before they continued a picture-taking escapade, a group of Japanese tourists stopped to take their pictures in front of the set.
Hubert Yount and Fran Eiseman, two Indiana Realtors in Miami Beach for a convention, parked themselves in lawn chairs that Yount extracted from his trailer.
"That crash scene was as real as can be," said Yount, who took pictures of the whole thing.
"Both of those guys got out without a scratch, bruise or bump. They came out of the wreck laughing."