While There’s War There’s Hope (1974)


While There’s War There’s Hope (Italian: Finché c’è guerra c’è speranza) is a 1974 satirical Commedia all’italiana film written, directed and starring Alberto Sordi.

A top-level tragicomedy, the movie was so successful in Italy that its title has become a proverb.


Pietro Chiocca (Alberto Sordi) is an Italian retailer, who sells hydraulic pumps. He realises he is going to make money only if he starts selling weapons to poor Third World countries. Soon he becomes a millionaire, and affords to offer his own family a comfortable life-style with villas, jewels, swimming pool and the like. Nobody knows anything about his real business. Unexpectedly, a journalist discovers Pietro’s job, and describes it in an indignant article. Both family and friends feel ashamed. Then Pietro, in a shrewd speech, tells his kin that the splendour of the family’s life is due precisely to his own peculiar business. If they want, he adds, he can stop selling weapons right away; but then the family has to come back to the previous (much more modest) life-style. He tells them he will go to bed to rest because the next day he will need to get up early to return to his job. They can choose to let him sleep and stop trading arms or wake him early and accept his trade. In the end scene, he is awakened by the waitress earlier than he requested on the instruction of his family.


  • Alberto Sordi as Pietro Chiocca.
  • Silvia Monti as Silvia, Pietro’s wife.
  • Alessandro Cutolo as Pietro’s Uncle.
  • Matilde Costa Giuffrida as Pietro’s Mother-in-law.
  • Edoardo Faieta as Gutierrez.
  • Mauro Firmani as Dicky.
  • Eliana De Santis as Giada.
  • Sergio Puppo as Balcazar.
  • Roy Bosier as Rabal.
  • Samuel Cummings as Himself.


  • Lord of War (2005) a film with similar subject and topic coverage.
  • War Dogs (2016 film), biopic about international arms dealers.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Alberto Sordi.
  • Producer(s): Carlo Bartolini, Carlo Macchi di Cellere, and Nino Milano.
  • Writer(s): Alberto Sordi, Leo Benvenuti, and Piero De Bernardi.
  • Music: Piero Piccioni.
  • Cinematography: Sergio D’Offizi.
  • Editor(s): Ruggero Mastroianni.
  • Production: Rizzoli Films.
  • Distributor(s): Mundial Filmes and Iris.
  • Release Date: 20 December 1974.
  • Running time: 116 minutes.
  • Country: Italy.
  • Language: Italian.

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