Piedone l'africano
(Flatfoot in Africa)
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Directed bySteno
Written bySteno
Giovanni Simonelli
Franco Verucci
Produced byLaser Rialto Film
StarringBud Spencer
Enzo Cannavale
Dagmar Lassander
CinematographyAlberto Spagnoli
Edited byMario Morra
Music byGuido & Maurizio De Angelis
Distributed byTitanus
Medusa Film
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
108 minutes
South Africa

Piedone l'africano (internationally released as Flatfoot in Africa, Knock-Out Cop and The K.O. Cop) is a 1978 Italian "poliziottesco"-comedy film directed by Steno and starring Bud Spencer. It is the third and penultimate chapter in the "Flatfoot" film series. It is preceded by Flatfoot and Flatfoot in Hong Kong and followed by Flatfoot in Egypt [1][2][3]


A trail of illicit diamonds takes Flatfoot and his acquaintance, Naples police commissioner Caputo, from Johannesburg to Swakopmund in the hopes of breaking up a South African smuggling ring. They are joined by Bodo, an African child, and confounded in their search by corrupt mining officials and an antagonistic inspector in the South-West African police.




  1. ^ Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. pp. 176–177.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  3. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 88-6073-626-9.
  4. ^ M. Norcini e S. Ippoliti: ... Continuavano a chiamarlo Bud Spencer. Cine70 e dintorni, n. 3, primavera 2003.