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I'm for the Hippopotamus (1979)

Io sto con gli ippopotami (original title)
In Africa, 2 expat "brothers" are usually at each other's throats but now have a common enemy. Ormond's men are shooting or catching much of the wildlife for export as well as forcing the locals off their land. Lots of fun fights follow.


Italo Zingarelli
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Complete credited cast:
Terence Hill ... Slim
Bud Spencer ... Tom
Joe Bugner ... Ormond
May Dlamini May Dlamini ... Mama Leone
Dawn Jürgens Dawn Jürgens ... Stella (Slim's lady-love)
Malcolm Kirk Malcolm Kirk ... Ormond's bald henchman
Ben Masinga Ben Masinga ... Jason, the doctor
Les Marcowitz Les Marcowitz ... Trixie, the Midget
Johan Naude Johan Naude ... Ormond's chief henchman, the Russian
Nic van Rensburg Nic van Rensburg
Hugh Rouse Hugh Rouse ... Police Captain, arresting Slim and Tom
Mike Schutte Mike Schutte ... Ormond's henchman (German version: Lumpi)
Kosie Smith Kosie Smith ... Ormond's henchman with moustache (German version: Kopf, wie 'n Hauklotz)
Joseph Szucs Joseph Szucs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandy Nkomo Sandy Nkomo ... Senghor (Stella's father) (as Sandy Ngkomo)


In Africa, many years ago, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant, starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian Zoo's! Slim and Tom must teach this guy a lesson by beating the hell out of him and his gang, left and right! Written by Mark MacIntyre <page13@fastmail.ca>

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Did You Know?


Apparently, the movie was modeled on being a comic version of the then recent African adventure movies Africa Express (1975) and Safari Express (1976). See more »


After the lunch Tom opens a set of cages with lions (and a cheetah) in them. He opens them from right to left. But the 2 cages we see him opening in close-up, still have closed cages with lions in them to their right. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nearly 8 minutes of footage was cut from the German release. Gone is the infamous and much talked about "Butterfly" sequence. The boxing match between Bud Spencer and Joe Bugner at the end on the boat is also missing about 1 minute of fighting. See more »


Featured in Bud's Best - Die Welt des Bud Spencer (2012) See more »


Sung by Bud Spencer
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A very fun movie! Hill/Spencer fans will be very pleased
16 March 2004 | by AriSquadSee all my reviews

GRAU GRAU GRAU!! Love this movie! Only in a Spencer/Hill movie can you see a man eat a lobster whole, comic fight scenes, & a bulldozer jailbreak. This has to be one of the best non-western films the pair has done. They are out to save wildlife from the greed of poachers, The former heavy-weight champ bad guy is terrific. Spencer does a bunch of his fist hammers on the top of the bad guys heads (NEVER gets old to see that!)Hill avoids punches, moves out of the way so they end up punching a fellow bad guy (Also.. NEVER gets old!). Lots of fun in this film, Great comdey that was often duplicated by other filmakers but never done as good as these guys can do it. Track down a copy of this and sit back & enjoy it.

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Italy | South Africa


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Release Date:

5 December 1979 (South Africa) See more »

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