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Release Date:
29 August 1968 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
He sells death to the highest bidder! Buy or die!
Plot:
While a Mexican revolutionary lies low as a U.S. rodeo clown, the cynical Polish mercenary who tutored... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fast paced revolution See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Franco Nero ... Sergei Kowalski, the Polish

Jack Palance ... Ricciolo ('Curly')
Tony Musante ... Paco Roman

Giovanna Ralli ... Columba
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 ... Captain
Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ... Simón
Ugo Adinolfi
José I. Zaldua ... Innkeeper
Francisco Nieto ... Antonio
A. Jiménez Castellanos
Tito García ... Garcia's Cousin
Franco Giacobini ... Pepote
José Riesgo ... Mexican #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julio Peña
Ángel Álvarez ... Notary
José María Aguinaco ... Ramirez (uncredited)
Juan Cazalilla ... Mayor (uncredited)
Remo De Angelis ... Hudo (uncredited)
Alejandro de Enciso ... Juan (uncredited)
Ángel Ortiz ... Mexican #3 (uncredited)
Milo Quesada ... Marco (uncredited)
Herman Reynoso ... Curly's 2nd Man (uncredited)
Fernando Villena ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Corbucci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giorgio Arlorio  story
Adriano Bolzoni  writer
Sergio Corbucci  writer
Franco Solinas  story
Sergio Spina  writer
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and screenplay

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
Francesco Merli .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Bruno Nicolai 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
 
Production Design by
Piero Filippone 
 
Art Direction by
Luis Vázquez  (as Luis Vazquez)
 
Set Decoration by
Tomás Fernández (settings)
Augusto Lega (settings)
Félix Michelena (settings)
Luis Vázquez (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Jürgen Henze  (as Jurgen Henze)
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hairdresser (as Giuseppina Bovino)
Alejandro Millón .... makeup artist (as Alejandro Millon)
Raul Ranieri .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Manuel Castedo .... production manager
Santiago Marugán .... production manager
Francesco Merli .... production manager
Manuel Muñoz .... production manager
Pietro Nofri .... unit manager
José Nuño de la Rosa .... assistant production manager
Norberto Soliño .... production manager
Manuel Sánchez .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Filiberto Fiaschi .... assistant director
Ricardo Huertas .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Santiago Marugán .... property master
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound mixer
Carlo Diotallevi .... sound engineer
Alfredo Polo .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Baquero .... special effects (as Manuel Vaquero)
Celeste Battistelli .... special effects
 
Stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer (as Tonino Benetti)
Sergio Bergamini .... camera operator
Hans Burmann .... camera operator
Julio Leyva .... assistant camera (as Julio M. Leyva)
Isidro Muro .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Ayllón .... wardrobe
Isabel Perales .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Enzo Ocone .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Remo De Angelis .... master of arms
Serafín García .... production secretary
Nando Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Franco Nero
Franca Invernizzi .... script supervisor (as Franca Santi Invernizzi)
Orlando Pierfederici .... production secretary
José Nuño de la Rosa .... production secretary (as Jose N. de la Rosa)
Manuel Sánchez .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il mercenario" - Italy (original title)
"The Mercenary" - USA (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and brief nudity
Runtime:
Italy:110 min | Spain:111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:16 (cut) | Spain:18 | UK:AA (1970) (cut) | USA:PG-13 | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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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:
Anachronisms: 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.See more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fast paced revolution, 9 January 2005
Author: cengelm from Germany

This film was actually one of my favorites at a student movie theater really many years ago. It was kinda cult and thus shown quite often and the audience could have been always the same. Like many of Corbucci's works it has frequent showings on German TV. IL MERCENARIO is very comparable to the better COMPANEROS which has particularly a much better cast. It's another buddy western with a Nordic (blond) and a Mexican guy where the first is cool and intelligent and the other hot tempered and rather low witted. Compañero Milian is much slicker than Musante who many times prevails just as a fool and is closer to Tuco Ramirez of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Nevertheless Musante feels more realistic as a peasant than the grimacing Milian. Nero is more dominating in his role as the mercenary of Polish origin than as the Swedish Peterson of COMPANEROS. He is never really convinced of the revolutionary values. Curly/Ricciolo (Jack Palance) seems pretty superfluous for the plot and serves as a comic relief character with an extra portion of sadism. In the absence of a real lead villain he enters the final duel.

The pace of the film is fast and the excellent (maybe Morricone's best) and rousing score supports the generous action. Machine guns are roaring and counting the bodies falling seems pretty impossible. Impressing wide screen photography immerses the viewer.

9/10 with a slight nostalgic bonus. Top 10 Spaghetti Western.

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