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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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Tony Musante ...
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Eduardo Fajardo ...
Alfonso García
Lorenzo Robledo ...
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Álvaro de Luna ...
Ramón
Raf Baldassarre ...
Mateo
Vicente Roca ...
Elias Garcia
José Canalejas ...
Sebastian
Franco Ressel ...
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Guillermo Méndez ...
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Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ...
Simón
Ugo Adinolfi
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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 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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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 »

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

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