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A Professional Gun (1968)
"Il mercenario" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  29 August 1968 (Italy)
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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... See full summary »

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Ricciolo ('Curly')
Tony Musante ...
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Eduardo Fajardo ...
Alfonso García
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Officer
Álvaro de Luna ...
Ramón
Raf Baldassarre ...
Mateo
Vicente Roca ...
Elias Garcia
José Canalejas ...
Sebastian
Franco Ressel ...
Studs
Guillermo Méndez ...
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Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ...
Simón
Ugo Adinolfi
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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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He sells death to the highest bidder! Buy or die!

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Comedy | Western

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

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ESP 21,793,177 (Spain)
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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

Kowalski aka the Pole: Dream, Paco, but dream with your eyes open.
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Good Spaghetti
25 November 2002 | by (Barcelona) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better Spaghetti westerns from the late 1960's. Franco Nero, Tony Musante, and Jack Palance are all in good form. My DVD copy is a cheap one and seems badly edited but the fun and vibrancy of the film still comes through. A cool political western the theme of which was continued in Sergio Corbucci's next film Companeros (another very good 'Spaghetti Western').


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