An hilarious comedy, starring James Coburn as the unforgettable Lieutenant Christian. In the picturesque Sicilian village of Valerno during World War II, a company of American soldiers attempt to seize the village and capture the Italian solders defending it. The Italians are willing to surrender, provided they may hold their traditional wine festival in the village first. Captain Cash, a military fanatic who goes strictly by the book, is constantly in conflict with his subordinate, Lieutenant Christian, an easygoing hustler who would rather have a good time. When Cash insists that the Italian march away as prisoners, the Italian commander, Captain Oppo, refuses. The war is on again, and Lieutenant Christian must resolve the problems in order for the show to go on!