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CAMILLE CODURI DOUBLE: 'NUNS ON THE RUN' & 'KING RALPH'

Year Released: 1990
NUNS ON THE RUN: The late, great and legendary Beatles dark horse George Harrison’s Handmade Films produced a mixed bag of projects...

Camile at gunpoint
The established cult favorites include MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN and LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL; Terry Gilliam's midget adventure TIME BANDITS and the underrated Jodie Foster melodrama FIVE CORNERS while the bad includes... and in this case, really, really, really bad and eternally maligned and infamously infamous... SHANGHAI SURPRISE starring his at-that-time client celebrity couple, Sean Penn and Madonna...

There's a forgotten lot including Michael Palin comedies A PRIVATE FUNCTION and THE MISSIONARY. And with that list intact, sticking with another Python vet, NUNS ON THE RUN stars Eric Idle and future HARRY POTTER favorite Robbie Coltrane, residing somewhere in-between George's eclectic cinematic patchwork...

Camille Coduri
Especially thanks to Camille Coduri as a different kind of ingénue. Not your standard waif like most American actresses, Camille has an adorable smile, voluptuous curves and big sad pouting eyes, melting Eric Idle’s Brian Hope within moments of meeting at the diner where she’s employed…

Hope and Faith
And that’s saying something since Brian has a ton on his mind, including being constantly lectured by stout buddy/partner Robbie Coltrane as Charlie McManus. Both Charlie and Brian are workaday bank robbers who, after a double-cross plan that Faith overhears, wind up with a cliché briefcase of stolen cash, and, through creative dutch angles, are sought after by a gang of mobsters that are genuinely serious and lethal throughout the comedy hijinx as the boys hide out and pose as… you guessed it… NUNS!

Camille Coduri
The ON THE RUN part doesn’t entirely fit the storyline since there isn’t anywhere to go, and the entire film takes place in locations along one particular England street. Kind of a nice mellow atmosphere that relies on keeping up a suspenseful scam liken to the Blake Edwards or Billy Wilder universe, or an episode of THREE'S COMPANY...

Rating: ***1/2
The draped duo have to keep the other residents, including a bevy of young hot students, into thinking they’re visiting nuns…

A prolonged ruse often stretched beyond limit. And they wind up having to trick Camille’s Faith (her last name is Faith and Brian’s is Hope): Although without her glasses she can’t see a lick, providing leeway for the boys: The only Monty Python style joke is a reoccurring argument about The Holy Trinity, allowing Idle to take part in clever diatribes concerning the baseline of a religion he just doesn’t get. But of the two, Robbie Coltrane really stands out, keeping his own faith intact while lusting after the student/girls who adore him… or rather, her. And the resulting action sequences aren’t too shabby either: Camille becomes the most important cog in a decent comedy vehicle that’s an even better ride the second and third time.

1991 rating: ***
KING RALPH: Once again Camille Corduri spices up what could have been a mediocre comedy film, again set in England, only this one starts out surprisingly dark… When the entire Royal Family (no kids shown) are electrocuted during a outdoor photo session sudden a sudden rainstorm, the only heir – through a random royal tryst with a waitress – is an American wannabe musician named Ralph…

Camille Coduri
Well he is a musician, and severely wants to be a good one, playing a dive lounge in Vegas: Bill Murray combined with Mark Russell and John's own future BLUES BROTHER 1999 character...

Soon after the first number, he’s sought out by royal middleman Richard Griffiths, who brings the reluctant loser overseas to Peter O’Toole as Sir Cedric Charles Willingham, eventually becoming a John Gielgud to Ralph’s Arthur (including a fancy bathtub)… But fish outta water Ralph, moved to England to become, you got it, King, just can’t get into the prestigious role…

A busty Camille
That’s Ralph, not Goodman, who dives into the part with zeal and often trying too hard: the actor seems a bit overwhelmed in a leading cinematic role after mostly providing support for others. John's a funny guy but doesn’t have that many good lines to shine with. This allows Peter O’Toole’s droll manner to inject sporadic humor, both defending and representing Britain’s class against the shabby American firebrand, each representing their culture…

Reluctant showgirl
But our buxom centerpiece, Camille Corduri, helps once again: As a stripper who Ralph falls hopelessly in lust – and then love – with, she becomes the apple of his eye, turning him into a better, deeper man in the process... yeah, yeah, and all that Romantic Comedy jazz, but scenes with Goodman and Corduri surpass cliché and provide the rotund actor a chance to really act (BARTON FINK fans know he’s got more than potential), and, meanwhile, what's most important to us is our titular starlet Camille's Miranda, who battles guilt over being hired by antagonist John Hurt to get digs on the new King, allowing her to stretch beyond love interest and, now providing the audience two underdogs worth rooting for, the film rises slightly above the “common man out of his element” mainline, sprinkling some genuine humanity into the mix. Although the last act, when Ralph has to step up and get truly serious, derails the otherwise lightweight ride.
John Goodman's Ralph knighted by the new King ala Peter O'Toole
A proud former stripper/backmailed traitor looks on with Camille Coduri in KING RALPH
A Nice Pair NUNS ON THE RUN and KING RALPH both featuring Camille Coduri
As long as there's NUNS ON THE RUN, there will be the stubborn cat from NUNS ON THE RUN cat!
Camille Coduri in NUNS ON THE RUN
Camille Coduri in NUNS ON THE RUN
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