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A Bullet for the General (1967)

Quién sabe? (original title)
M | | Western | September 1968 (USA)
A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general lure an American mercenary into joining their gang, unaware that he is targeting their general.

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Cast

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El Chuncho (as Gian Maria Volonté)
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Jaime Fernández ...
General Elías (as Jaime Fernandez)
Andrea Checchi ...
Don Felipe
Spartaco Conversi ...
Eufemio
Joaquín Parra ...
Picaro (as Joaquin Parra)
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Lt. Alvaro Ferreira
José Manuel Martín ...
Raimundo (as José Manuel Martin)
Santiago Santos ...
Guapo
Valentino Macchi ...
Train Engineer
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Storyline

El Chuncho's bandits rob arms from a train, intending to sell the weapons to Elias' revolutionaries. They are helped by one of the passengers, Bill Tate, and allow him to join them, unaware he is an assassin working for the Mexican government. Written by TOM SELDON <elpuro@msn.com>

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When the bullet turns red... the General will be dead! See more »

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Trivia

Damiano Damiani: A (possibly American) journalist who shakes hands with General Elias shortly after Chuncho and Tate's arrival. He is present in the Italian and "International" versions, but is cut from AVCO Embassy's American version. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
El Chuncho: [to a beggar he gave money to earlier] Don't buy bread with that money, hombre! Buy dynamite! Dynamite!
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Referenced in Red Dead Revolver (2004) See more »

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Heraclio Bernal
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Performed by Gian Maria Volontè
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a superior film
25 August 2010 | by (www.subtitledonline.com) – See all my reviews

Set during the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century, a group of Mexican bandits led by El Chuncho (Gian Maria Volonté) rob a train carrying weapons for the Mexican army. They are assisted by an American passenger, Bill Tate (Lou Castel), who stops the train in exchange for him being allowed to join the group.

Whilst A Bullet For The General is not as fun as say Django, it could be argued that it is a superior film - wonderful central performances under quietly confident direction attest to that. A spaghetti western that's not afraid to get its hands dirty with a dose of social commentary – highlighting the morally dubious nature that the sub-genre and its characters consistently revel in – A Bullet For The General, whilst not perfect, is a solid entry nonetheless with enough compelling characterisation (certainly more compelling than Django, save for that film's titular antihero), drama and action to tick most boxes.


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