The Taming of the Scoundrel

Synopsis: A grouchy farmer, known around his small Italian town as being wonderful to his employees, but actively driving everyone else away, is in for a surprise when a beautiful girl from the city, ends up on his stoop after her car breaks down in the rain.
Genre: Comedy
104 min

Good morning.

Good morning.

- I am a reporter from The Farmers

Magazine.. - Good.

Why dont you write we needs funds

from the Province!

The crop is wasted!

I am here for another reason.

Id like to get info, gossips..

.. about a famous farmer in this area

- Who is he?

Elia Codogno.

Elia! What did he do?

- Nothing.

Today its is 40th birthday.

What kind of person is he?

Bad mood. A bear,

despotic and bossy.

- He has no friends.

- Is he really unmanageable?

He can even fight with the barber!

After he cut his hair he put the mirror behind

his head and he said they were too short.

When my daughters had a party

and played some music.

- He sued me for making noise.

You live 2km away from him!

He said I woke up his chickens!

Elia sued everybody in this town.

Even me. - Who are you?

I am the judge.

- Is Elia married? - Dont mention women,

or hell smash your head.

He doesnt want to see anybody.

- Does he live alone? - He has a servant...

shes trying to find him a wife.

On Sunday she invited a woman at home.

He dressed up like Frankenstein.

The poor girl was so scared

she ran away.

Is he coming here today?

- He already did. Hes playing tennis now.

Do still people want to play with him?

Out! Your match!

Ill kill you!


I won!

- There he is!

You smoke too much. Enough!

One coffee. - How do you want it?

- Long and ristretto. - Fine.

- This is my stool. Get off!

- Excuse me, I didnt know that.

My name is... - Stop!

Ive already met too many people this month.

- I work for The Farmers Magazine..

- I dont.

- Sugar?

- Two uneven sugar cubes.

Our magazine would like to honor you

with an article on first page.

Do I need to pay? - No.

What do you want to know?

While I was waiting,

your friends told me about you.

What did they say? - They didnt say

very nice things.

You are a famous and funny person.

But you have a very bad behavior.

What? I bad behavior?

(altogether) Yes, you do!


You say this because you are in a group,

but one by one...

- Do I have a bad behavior?

Yes. - You are a brave man.

People say hes grumpy

because hes not married.

Am I grumpy because not married?...

I understand!

You, married man,

you dare to say that?

The marriage ruined your life!

Women have changed you.

Nothing to say about you. I pity you.

You had a forest on your head!

You were slim!

Move away, Easter egg..

- You were a champion of arm wrestling.

- Right, so what?

So, show me how strong you are,

married man!

You were 2.40mt, tall

and you could spot a bird one miles away.

And now you cant even spot your own!

You pity me? I feel fine, and strong.

Can any of you do this at 40 years old of age?

Well done!

Hes good!

With no hands.

- Good morning, Elia.

- Good morning.


Move on! Jump!

Higher! Come on!

Father Cirillo! - Hi. Im training my guys.

On Monday we have a basketball final match.

Are you coming? On Monday Ill be in Bruxelles...

.. for the agreement on the red beets.

- Too bad! Its going to be a nice match.

- I dont care about basketball.

- By the way, no rain here.

- What can I do about it?

You can pray. - I pray every night.

Pray more.


- Happy birthday.

- Thank you.

Dont you think its time

to think about your future?

- At your age you should...

- I know... same old story!

- I am not going to get married.

- You are strong, you are a man...

.. healthy, strong...

- Hands off!

- Its time to look for a woman.

- And you? - Me what?

I believe there are moments of

passion and desire.

uncontrollable impulses, moments of torments

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Franco Castellano

Franco Castellano (20 June 1925 – 28 December 1999) was an Italian screenwriter and film director. He wrote for 94 films between 1958 and 1997. He also directed 21 films between 1964 and 1992. Most of the films he co-wrote and co-directed as a part of the Castellano & Pipolo duo. Their 1984 film Il ragazzo di campagna was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. more…

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