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The Mercenary (1968)

Il mercenario (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | 29 August 1968 (Italy)
A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and a peasent girl as they lead a revolution against the opressive Mexican Government and Army, while being pursued by an American rival.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tony Musante ...
Franco Giacobini ...
Pepote
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Alfonso García
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Officer
Franco Ressel ...
Studs
Álvaro de Luna ...
Ramón (as Alvaro De Luna)
Raf Baldassarre ...
Mateo
José Canalejas ...
Sebastian (as Joe Kamel)
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Vicente Roca ...
Elias Garcia
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Guillermo Méndez ...
Captain
Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ...
Simón
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Storyline

While a Mexican revolutionary lies low as a U.S. rodeo clown, the cynical Polish mercenary who tutored the idealistic peasant tells how he and a dedicated female radical fought for the soul of the guerrilla general Paco, as Mexicans threw off repressive government and all-powerful landowners in the 1910s. Tracked by the vengeful Curly, Paco liberates villages, but is tempted by social banditry's treasures, which Kowalski revels in. Written by David Stevens

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The sun at his back... a gun at his side... a town at his mercy! See more »

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Comedy | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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29 August 1968 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Jack Palance plays a character named "Curly". Palance later won an Oscar for City Slickers (1991), in which he also played a character named "Curly". See more »

Goofs

A plane is used to bomb Paco's fort. However planes did not begin to drop bombs until the late stages of WWI, in which they were dropped by hand. See more »

Quotes

Columba: [of Paco] He was my man. But you only betray a Mexican woman once.
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Connections

Remade as Companeros (1970) See more »

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One of the best spaghetti westerns
10 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I recently got hold of the Japanese DVD print via ebay. This is of really high quality and I was amazed that this film is not more widely known or appreciated. What a brilliant film. In many ways it is similar to Companeros and if you liked that wonderful film you will also love this. The story is somewhat far-fetched but is very enjoyable and fast paced in a 'boys own' way. The machine gun makes its familiar appearance. Franco Nero, as always, delivers a superb performance and Jack Palance gives a very good performance as a very unpleasant killer. The music is brilliant and the duel in the bullring is incomparable and is perfectly choreographed to the wonderful music. If you are interested in westerns you have to see this film.


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