by Michael Winner


USA (New York, Loew's State Cinema) - May 4, 1979 - Firepower - 104'
Italy - October 1979 - Bocca di fuoco -
West Germany - October 11, 1979 - Firepower - 100'
France (Paris, U.G.C. Danton et Normandie) - June 18, 1980 - L'arme au poing -
Spain - Firepower/El poder del fuego - 104' (attendance: 573,142)

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An unscrupulous industrial pharmacist and profiteer is accused by the American judiciary and therefore sought by the police for producing drugs with carcinogenic effects. The Department of Justice learns that the magnate is hiding on an island in the Caribbean and assigns the job of exposing him to an ex-CLA agent. The agent is assisted in the undertaking by the widow of a scientist who had discovered the harmful effects of the drug and who was killed for his disclosures. After various vicissitudes and the death of a friend who had come to his aid, the agent is able to track down the industrialist and bring him to justice. (Enrico Lancia)
Story: Bill Kerby, Michael Winner


St. Lucia, Curaçao, Antigua, Jamaica (Marigot Bay) (Caribbean)
  New York City, NY, Clifton, NJ, Miami, FL, Washington, DC (USA)

Filming dates: May through July 1978

Shooting begins in the Caribbean island Curaçao then moves to New York City with first shooting day in Clifton, NJ on June 21.


Sophia Loren (Adele Tasca)
James Coburn (Jerry Fanon / Eddie)
O.J. Simpson (Catlett)
Eli Wallach (Sai Hyman)
Anthony Franciosa (Doctor Felix / Carl Stegner)


Photography (Technicolor):
Robert Paynter, Dick Kratina, Richard Kline
Gato Barbieri
Sophia's costume design:

Per Spook
Makeup Artists:
Richard Mills, Allen Weisinger
Sophia's Hair Stylist:

Nicola Palombi
Sophia's Double for Stunts:
Roy Alon
Still photographers:
Bert Cann, Robert Ross, Tazio Secchiaroli
Michael Winner for Scimitar Films
I.T.C. (London)


Sophia's stunning wardrobe is by Paris-based Norwegian fashion house Per Spook. She wears most of her outfits braless for Carribean location scenes.

Second film with now infamous O.J. Simpson who is a favorite of Lew Grade who produces a second film starring Sophia Loren. The National Enquirer reports that one evening, at the of a shooting day in New York, Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown, showed up with a swollen face from blows. Sophia would have said, "If this is the way you treat a woman, you need to see a psychiatrist." Later, at a restaurant, she went on with more comments saying that "in Italy, a man who beats his wife should be ashamed to be seen in public."

In a effort to woo the motion picture industry back to New Jersey, State Governor Brendan Byrne meets Sophia on the set in Clifton where he presents her with a "bicentennial bell" which he urges her to ring "if you ever need me".

Director Michael Winner is such a tough taskmaster on the set of that his crew dreams up a most appropriate parting present by giving him a box containing the ashes of what was once his director's chair.


"...with olive eyes co-ordinated to her couturier wardrobe, glides Sophia Loren in the only sort of role that seems to attract her any more: she plays a high-priced courtesan who swims to seamy individuals (Anthony Franciosa, Victor Mature) festooned with power and encrusted with money like a shark swims to offal. Miss Loren looks wonderful, of course, but the degeneration of her career is complete: after appearing in Two Women and The Condemned of Altona - after functioning, and functioning well, as an actress - she is now content to look pretty, dodge geysers of vital fluids and purr Oh, Jerry, you still know what a woman wants to hear into James Coburn's flaming ear.
Jay Scott, Globe and Mail, 3 may 1979

"What does a star have to do with this tropical-espionage tangle? Often she is used like a highly paid extra, placed there
to embellish the scene."
Ranieri Polese, La Nazione, 3 nov 1979

"A lean Sophia Loren with two faces, both expressionless, passes through the story with a cool arrogance, as though it did not concern her, despite the fact that her name occupies first place in the cast."
Achille Valdata, La Stampa, 11 oct 1979

"Sophia Loren moves like a queen, even though the part does not call for it, and changes her outfit every ten minutes."
Alfio Cantelli, Il Giornale, 12 oct 1979

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