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Release Date:
29 August 1968 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Franco Nero ... Sergei Kowalski, the Polish

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

Giovanna Ralli ... Columba
Lorenzo Robledo ... Officer
Álvaro de Luna ... Ramón
Eduardo Fajardo ... Alfonso García
Raf Baldassarre ... Mateo
José Canalejas ... Sebastian
Vicente Roca ... Elias Garcia
Franco Ressel ... Studs
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
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
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)
"The Mercenary" - International (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 »
Kowalski aka the Pole:Dream, Paco, but dream with your eyes open.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good Spaghetti, 25 November 2002
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This is one of the better Spaghetti westerns from the late 1960's. Franco Nero, Tony Musante, and Jack Palance are all in good form. My DVD copy is a cheap one and seems badly edited but the fun and vibrancy of the film still comes through. A cool political western the theme of which was continued in Sergio Corbucci's next film Companeros (another very good 'Spaghetti Western').

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