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The Mercenary (1968)

Il mercenario (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
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Tony Musante ...
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Alfonso García
Franco Giacobini ...
Pepote
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Officer
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Ramón
Raf Baldassarre ...
Mateo (as Ralph Baldassarre)
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Garcia's Brother
Vicente Roca ...
Elias Garcia
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Lerkin
Franco Ressel ...
Studs
Guillermo Méndez ...
Captain
Enrique Navarro ...
Notary
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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The sun at his back... a gun at his side... a town at his mercy! See more »

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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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22 April 1969 (West Germany)  »

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2.35 : 1
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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

Sergei Kowalski uses a Spanish Astra 400 pistol. The pistol was not introduced until 1921, after the Mexican Revolution. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kowalski aka the Pole: [narrating] So, Paco Roman is a clown. Well, better a live clown than a dead hero. As I, Sergei Kowalski, Polish emigrate to the New World, always realised...
[fade-in to flashback of Paco working in a mine]
Kowalski aka the Pole: When our story began, Paco was only a peon. But one... with a difference.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Excellent fun western
14 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

One of Corbucci's better westerns. The story concerns a bandit (Musante) who wants the legitimacy of being a "revolutionary", but needs the help of a hardened professional (Nero) to do it. Palance gives the movie some of its best moments as a gay gunslinger ( a rival mercenary) out to revenge himself on Musante for humiliating him. Not much plot, but Corbucci's fluid direction keeps it from growing stale and the god performances from the stars make it worth watching. Also look for fun, cynical dialogue and story elements from genre expert Vincenzoni. Contains the dark undertones present in other Corbucci (and Leone) westerns, but not to as great an extent as his masterpiece, "The Great Silence".


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