Piedipiatti (film di Carlo Vanzina del 1991)

PIEDIPIATTI è un film diretto da Carlo Vanzina: è la seconda delle tre pellicole interpretate in coppia da Renato Pozzetto ed Enrico Montesano. La vicenda è ispirata al filone poliziesco comico americano sulla falsariga di film come BEVERLY HILLS COP.

Vasco Sacchetti è un poliziotto romano dall’indole greve e sgraziata, classico esempio di cane sciolto poco incline alle regole ma con un grande talento per le indagini. Una sua inchiesta su un traffico di droga dal Sudamerica si conclude in maniera tragica con l’uccisione di un amico informatore appena uscito di galera. Nonostante sia stato dispensato dai suoi superiori di occuparsi del caso, decide lo stesso di proseguire per vendicare l’amico, e le indagini lo portano a Milano dove ha un incontro-scontro con Silvio Camurati, un irreprensibile brigadiere del reparto anti falsificazione. Nonostante siano due persone diametralmente all’opposto, decidono di seguire il caso insieme passando attraverso una serie di situazioni comiche e grottesche, che però porteranno alla soluzione dell’intrigo ed identificare il grande capo dell’organizzazione nella persona di un insospettabile e facoltoso imprenditore italiano impegnato anche in iniziative umanitarie. Tuttavia sarà un incapace ed opportunista questore a prendersi il merito della cattura lasciandoli quindi senza gloria e senza meriti.

Carlo Vanzina, spalleggiato come sempre dal fido fratello Enrico nella sceneggiatura, rimette insieme Pozzetto e Montesano dopo il successo di NOI UOMINI DURI di 4 anni prima, sfruttando l’ottima interazione tra i due che si basa sull’eterno cliché del milanese e del romano che sono tanto vicini ma anche tanto lontani. I Vanzina spiegarono in varie interviste successive che in prima battuta volevano scrivere un film drammatico, incoraggiati in questo dall’inaspettato successo di TRE COLONNE IN CRONACA dell’anno precedente, salvo tuttavia cambiare idea e virare sì su un poliziesco ma dando dei contorni di trama molto leggeri e pieni dei due registri comici così opposti dei protagonisti. Pozzetto e Montesano torneranno a recitare un’ultima volta nel 1994 nel crepuscolare ANCHE I COMMERCIALISTI HANNO UN’ANIMA.

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