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Director:
Writers:
Franco Solinas (story) and
Giorgio Arlorio (story) ...
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Release Date:
29 August 1968 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He sells death to the highest bidder! Buy or die! See more »
Plot:
A well-groomed, greedy Polish mercenary aids a Mexican Revolutionary against the repressive government, while butting heads with a young female radical and an American rival. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
One of the best spaghetti westerns See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
José Canalejas ... Sebastian (as Joe Kamel)

Jack Palance ... Ricciolo ('Curly')
Vicente Roca ... Elias Garcia

Giovanna Ralli ... Columba
Guillermo Méndez ... Captain
Enrique Navarro
Simón Arriaga ... Simón
Ugo Adinolfi
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
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
 
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 (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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and brief nudity
Runtime:
Italy:110 min | Spain:111 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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) (cut)
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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: Sergei Kowalski uses a Spanish Astra 400 pistol. The pistol was not introduced until 1921, after the Mexican Revolution.See more »
Quotes:
Kowalski aka the Pole:Never question a man who pays well.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Western, Italian Style (1968) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the best spaghetti westerns, 10 August 2005
Author: (washboard) from United Kingdom

I recently got hold of the Japanese DVD print via ebay. This is of really high quality and I was amazed that this film is not more widely known or appreciated. What a brilliant film. In many ways it is similar to Companeros and if you liked that wonderful film you will also love this. The story is somewhat far-fetched but is very enjoyable and fast paced in a 'boys own' way. The machine gun makes its familiar appearance. Franco Nero, as always, delivers a superb performance and Jack Palance gives a very good performance as a very unpleasant killer. The music is brilliant and the duel in the bullring is incomparable and is perfectly choreographed to the wonderful music. If you are interested in westerns you have to see this film.

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