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1 January 1969 (Italy) See more »
He sells death to the highest bidder! Buy or die! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Spanish-Italian co-production well directed by Sergio Corbucci with action, shootouts, humor and violence See more (27 total) »


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Franco Nero ... Sergei Kowalski - the Polish
Tony Musante ... Paco Roman
Franco Giacobini ... Pepote
Eduardo Fajardo ... Alfonso García
Lorenzo Robledo ... Officer
Franco Ressel ... Studs
Álvaro de Luna ... Ramón (as Alvaro De Luna)
Raf Baldassarre ... Mateo
Joe Kamel ... Sebastian

Jack Palance ... Ricciolo - 'Curly'
Vicente Roca ... Elias Garcia

Giovanna Ralli ... Columba
Guillermo Méndez ... Captain
Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ... Simón
Francisco Nieto ... Antonio
José I. Zaldua ... Innkeeper
A. Jiménez Castellanos
Tito García ... Garcia's Cousin
José Riesgo ... Mexican #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julio Peña
Ángel Álvarez ... Notary
Ugo Adinolfi ... (uncredited)
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
Franco Solinas (story) and
Giorgio Arlorio (story)

Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay and dialogue)

Sergio Spina (screenplay and dialogue with the collaboration of) &
Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay and dialogue with the collaboration of) &
Sergio Corbucci (screenplay and dialogue with the collaboration of)

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
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 (uncredited)
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
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Franco Ressel (uncredited)
Luciano De Ambrosis .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Oreste Lionello .... voice dubbing: Franco Giacobini (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Tony Musante (uncredited)
Gianni Marzocchi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Eduardo Fajardo (uncredited)
Carlo Romano .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Giovanna Ralli (uncredited)
Renato Turi .... voice dubbing: Jack Palance (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il mercenario" - Italy (original title)
"A Professional Gun" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence and brief nudity
Italy:110 min | Spain:111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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) (cut)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: Sergei Kowalski uses a Spanish Astra 400 pistol. The pistol was not introduced until 1921, after the Mexican Revolution.See more »
[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 The Spaghetti West (2005) (V)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Spanish-Italian co-production well directed by Sergio Corbucci with action, shootouts, humor and violence, 6 February 2010
Author: ma-cortes

This is a nice Zapata/Spaghetti Western set in Mexico during the confrontation Madero-general Huertas , including communist revolutionaries and mean bandits. Fate brought them together, greed made them inseparable, violence made partners. A Polish named Sergei Kowalski(Franco Nero) is a mercenary, he directs to do transporting silver to a mine , but he only finds a Mexican rebel (Tony Musante) has formed a Guerrilla and have taken control. Nevertheless, Sergei is contracted as hired hand and teaching the leader how to put his idealist fervor into practice. They are pursued by Curly (Jack Palance), a white-suited gay gunslinger.

It's a thrilling western with overwhelming showdown between the protagonists Franco Nero and Tony Musante and the enemies Jack Palance and Eduardo Fajardo. Tony Musante, such as Tomas Milian, puts faces, grimaces, crying and overacting, but he plays splendidly. Agreeable intervention of a beauty as Giovanna Ralli. Furthermore, appears usual secondaries from Italian Western as Franco Ressell, Raf Baldassarre, Jose Canalejas, Alvaro De Luna, Simon Arriaga,Lorenzo Robledo, Tito Garcia, and of course Eduardo Fajardo, Corbucci's ordinary. The highlights of the film are the Tony Musante 's burying edge neck similarly to Franco Nero's ¨The Professional ¨, the confronting at the bullfighting square and the Polish wielding a machine gun and shooting though with anachronism because is a modern model. The picture mingles violence, thrills, shootém up, comedy with tongue in cheek and it's fast moving and for that reason is quite amusing. This film belongs to the numerous group that are set during the Mexican revolution, called ¨Zapata Western¨ , like are the Italians: ¨ Duck you sucker¨, ¨The professional¨ ,¨Tetepa¨ and the Americans : ¨The wild bunch¨, ¨Villa rides ¨, and ¨The professionals¨. There are many fine technicians and nice assistants as the cameraman Alejandro Ulloa who makes an excellent photography with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun shot on outskirts of Cuenca and of course Almeria, Spain ; however it is necessary an urgent remastering because of the copy is worn-out. The musician Ennio Morricone creates a classic Spaghetti soundtrack and well conducted by his habitual collaborator Bruno Nicolai. Well produced by Alberto Grimaldi -PEA productions- famous producer of ¨The trilogy of the dollars¨ filmed by Sergio Leone. Sergio Corbucci's direction is correct ,he made several classic Italian western : ¨ Django¨, ¨The great silence¨, ¨Hellbenders¨ , ¨The specialist¨ and the ¨Compañeros¨ , the latter bears special resemblance to ¨ The mercenary ¨ and along with ¨ ¨What am I doing in middle of the revolution¨ belongs a Corbucci's trilogy about Mexican revolution. Rating : 6,5/10. Good Spaghetti Western.

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