In Europe, or at least in Germany, it was promoted only as a comedy, a Terence Hill Comedy. And here it was a big success. #3 at the box office in 73 and 74, sold more tickets than The Sting, The Exorcist or Live and Let Die, only topped by Papillon and another Spencer/Hill comedy.
But of course Hill was a superstar in Europe, and all the marketing focused solely on him.
So for me it was the other way round when I watched it with 15 years. I liked it, but was at the same point slightly disappointed for not getting the amount of laughs I had paid for. It should have had at least one big brawl at the end.
Well, now I would like to cut some of the slapstick out to get a better balance between the melancholy and the parody and turn it thereby into a little masterpiece.