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A Bullet for the General (1967)

Quién sabe? (original title)
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A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general accept an American into their gang, unaware of his intentions.

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Complete credited cast:
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El Chuncho (as Gian Maria Volonté)
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Jaime Fernández ...
General Elías (as Jaime Fernandez)
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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

In the rough years of the revolution in Mexico, the hardened bandit chief, El Chucho, is in need of arms, ammunition, and a much-sought-after machine gun to support the leader of the revolution, the rebel General, Elías. With this in mind, Chucho attacks a government supply train and gets an unforeseen assistance from Bill Tate--the American gringo in the impeccable suit--with whom will soon become friends. Now, Bill is truly indispensable to the gang, however, could he be hiding his true objective behind a boyish and calm face? Written by Nick Riganas

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

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Action | Western

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September 1968 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is rumored to the point of almost being a legend that director Damiano Damiani became so frustrated with actors Gian Maria Volontè and Klaus Kinski, two actors who were notorious for being difficult to work with, that one day they pushed him to point he beat them and whipped them on the set until they finally behaved and did as they were told. See more »

Quotes

Adelita: [to Tate] I don't understand you, I don't know what you're up to, and I don't like you anymore, Niño.
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Referenced in Fassbinder in Hollywood (2002) See more »

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Heraclio Bernal
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Performed by Gian Maria Volontè
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watch as political film
23 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I agree with the other viewers how wonderful this film is. However they seem to miss the real point of the film. Made in 1967 during the Vietnam war, this film is really a comment on US policies in the world. It is a classic of the genre of euro intellectual leftist anti imperial US films of the time, beautifully done. Damiano in his films obviously likes and respects Americans, just not the imperial thing.

Regardless of your politics it is important to see this film for what it is really is. For an old lefty like me I kept thinking "where was this film in the early 70's when I was in college". I would have loved it then, as much as I loved seeing it now, almost 30 years after it birth.


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