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For Love and Gold (L’armata Brancaleone)

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A ragtag band of misfits led by an inept knight named Brancaleone set out to reach the little village of Aurocastro so that their commander could seize the fief.

L’armata Brancaleone (also known as For Love and Gold or The Incredible Army of Brancaleone in English-speaking countries) is a 1966 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli and written by the legendary combo Age & Scarpelli. It stars Vittorio Gassman as the lead. It was entered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966.

The phrase Armata Brancaleone is still used in Italian to describe a group of individuals who are inadequately constructed and prepared. Brancaleone is a historical name that means “lion’s paw” in heraldry. Brancaleone degli Andal was a Middle Ages ruler of Rome.

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