Forgotten Action Cinema: Super Fuzz

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Honestly, I don’t know what else I could possibly say about director Sergio Corbucci’s insane Italian action/comedy “Super Fuzz” that hasn’t already been said by its legion of devoted fans. As long as you don’t expect much from the flick, chances are you’ll have a smashing good time, especially if you’re into early ’80s camp. If you’ve yet to experience the picture’s endless charms, here’s the setup: A wisecracking beat cop is exposed to deadly radiation while attempting to deliver a parking ticket to a “tribal Indian”. The end result, of course, is superhuman powers, all of which will magically disappear if he looks at something red. Why? I don’t know! And therein lies the film’s genius. Professional goofball Terrence Hill makes the whole things work; without his sly grin and dimwitted performance, “Super Fuzz” probably wouldn’t work as well as it does. Surprisingly, the flick stands the test of time — I love it just as much as I did then as I do now. And you wanna know something else? I’m not at all ashamed to admit that it’s still on my Top 20 list. Not one bit. Does this make my taste in movies seem somewhat childish? Perhaps. Be that as it may, “Super Fuzz” essentially made me who I am today. For the better, of course. A word of warning: The widescreen DVD released by Somerville House features a somewhat different version of the film than I grew up watching on HBO. From a technical standpoint, their edition is the best, as you get the film in anamorphic widescreen. However, if you watched this movie as much as I did as a kid, the alterations are jarring, and ultimately derail the experience. I’m not saying it’s unwatchable, but it’s certainly not as fun as the original video release. My advice: If you still own a VCR, track down a copy of this on VHS. It may set you back a bit, but the nostalgia buzz is totally worth the price.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • Anonymous

    Proud to say I saw this in the theater with my oldman who’s a huge Terence Hill fan and loved it as a kid, but afraid to rewatch it and have my memories dashed.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    SuperFuzz! Awesome! I haven’t seen this since I was a wee lad! Lol. Great memories!