Eight Italian soldiers under Mussolini are sent to guard a Greek island. Believing the island is occupied by the enemy, they have many comic mishaps and eventually find themselves cut off from both the war and Italy. A pleasant if minor pastorale, this won the 1991 Academy Award for best foreign film, apparently because of a widespread conviction that toothless charmers are the best things that furriners are capable of nowadays in moviesa notion about as innocent as this picture. Directed by Gabriele Salvatores and written by Vincenzo Monteleone. (JR)

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