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Film / Watch Out, We're Mad!

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An Italian Action/Comedy film featuring Bud Spencer and Terence Hill as Ben, a car repair worker and Kid, a truck driver, respectively who, after participating in a car rally, tie in winning a red dune buggy with a yellow top. During an eating contest in which they try to determine who will win the buggy once and for all, mobsters come in and crash the place, wrecking the dune buggy, which makes them mad...


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  • Acrofatic: Ben proves quite agile in the sport school scene. Hilariously inverted when he tries to swing on rings to take down two charging mooks. He tears the rings from the ceiling.
  • Affably Evil: The mob boss can be seen as this. In fact, from the very beginning, he was willing to buy a new buggy to compensate them. The Doctor tries to tutelage him into becoming a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Big Eater: Both Ben and Kid show traits of this during their beer and hot dog contest. The latter even orders a vanilla ice cream, with lots of cream to wash everything down ("it's good for digestion").
  • Bookend: The movie starts with the two main character with a single dune buggy and ends with the same situation when one of two buggies is burned.
  • Brick Joke: When Ben and Kid first interact with the boss, the former mentions that he doesn't like cigar smoke. At the end, when he finally agrees to give them the dune buggy, the boss asks Bud permission before lighting up his cigar.
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  • Car Fu: The initial race certainly qualifies. At the end Ben uses his repaired car to wreck the Boss' restaurant.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue:
    • During their beer and hot dog contest, both protagonists casually continue with their contest as mobsters wreck the place, before deciding to go someplace else... Ben moving out of the way, after which a stool is tossed over the bar he was sitting at before makes it a moment of funny.
    • Ben and The Kid have this conversation after one of the mooks sets their car on fire with gasoline:
      Ben: Did you HAVE to wave to him?
      The Kid: I was only being polite.
      After Ben drives the car into a car wash to extinguish the fire.
      The Kid: Boy, she was really dirty, wasn't she?
      Ben: Yeah, I don't have time to clean her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Geremia, the mechanic, mentions he used to work in a restaurant for a mob boss. Turns out, he really was a chef, and the Big Bad fondly remembers his cuisine.
  • The Dragon: Attila is the mob boss' top henchman, given the thankless job of intimidating Kid & Ben.
  • Herr Doctor: The "Doctor" (Pleasance), a German-born Freudian psychologist who is an extreme parody of this trope.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Subverted and played straight. The cars are subjected to a lot of abuse during the initial rally scene, yet they simply break down. Howewer, the Dune Buggies only needed to be flipped on its side to catch fire.
  • Fat and Skinny: Ben and Kid, as per usual in their movies.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: After being chased by mobsters on motorcycles, both protagonists find a meadow with cows to perform this, using long branches as weapons.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: The mob boss.
  • Percussive Maintenance: When one of the mob gangsters tries to get a drink for his female companions, the vending machine doesn't work, even after he hit it a few times. Cue Bud Spencer giving it a single tap to make the machine release almost EVERY bottle it had in store. Made even funnier when Terence Hill kicks it to make the coins drop out.
    Kid: Your change.
  • Professional Killer: The Doctor persuades the boss to send a highly skilled assassin after Ben and Kid, hiring one from the Chicago Underworld. The assassin confronts the two, although both manage to evade his attempts, with Kid luring him away from Ben's place. This, however, culminates in a confrontation right in the middle of the choir practice Ben is part of, which eventually results in the assassin himself eventually being caught by Kid and forced at gunpoint to play in the Boss' restaurant.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The mob boss believes himself to be very evil, but shows child-like excitement while overhearing about the motorcycle chase.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Seeing his uncle on the ground after he's been beaten up by mobsters, Ben goes on the Tranquil Fury variety of this. After teaming up with Kid, they first drive their car into the mobsters' lair themselves, after which the two beat down every mook they can find in their usual fashion, even tossing them down in a sea of balloons on the floor.
  • Running Gag:
    • Happens twice during the sport school scene. The first one happens when a mook constantly challenges Ben while wearing boxing gloves, which Ben quickly disposes of before hitting him on the head. The second running gag is the two shoving the mook in charge aside before continuing their assault on the other mooks. A Running Gag that continues into the final battle is the mooks pleading to leave their respective arms alone, as they need them.
      Ben/Kid: Not now!
      Mobster: Not the arm!!
    • There is also the "fork-stab in the hand" punishment the mob boss deals out.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: One of the nameless goons tries to leave the restaurant during the final brawl. He fails, as Kid knocks him out one more time.
  • Senseless Violins: The assassin, "Paganini", carries his gun inside his violin case. Kid switches it for a real violin and forces him at gunpoint to play the violin in the bad guy's restaurant. He's pretty bad at it.
  • Spit Take: The Doctor has one when he sees his hired killer defeated and humbled.
  • Win Her a Prize: A mobster in an amusement park is hanging out with a couple of girls gaining prizes for them in the games. Sadly for him, Ben and his partner Kid goes after him, and everytime the mobster makes a record, Ben plays the game after and destroys it to the surprise of all the crowd (the mobster included).


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