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The Five Man Army (1969)
"Un esercito di 5 uomini" (original title)

M  -  Western  -  20 February 1970 (USA)
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Spaghetti western about a group of bandits, led by Peter Graves, who plan on robbing a train transporting gold for the Mexican army.

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Complete credited cast:
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Dutchman
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Capt. Nicolas Augustus
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Mesito
Nino Castelnuovo ...
Luis Dominguez
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Samurai
Claudio Gora ...
Manuel Esteban
Daniela Giordano ...
Maria
Annabella Andreoli ...
Perla, the Mexican girl
Carlo Alighiero ...
Capt. Gutierrez
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
One of Gutierrez' mexican officers (as Giacomo Rossi Stuart)
Marino Masé ...
Railroad man
Dan Sturkie ...
Carnival barker
José Torres ...
Mexican spy
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Storyline

Set during the Mexican Revolution, a man known only as "The Dutchman" has a plan, and brings in four of his old acquaintences, including an old army buddy and a silent Japanese swordsman, to help him out by promising a $1000 reward if it succeeds. The plan turns out to be a fool's mission: rob a train carrying $500,000 in gold that's guarded by dozens of heavily armed soldiers and passes through a steady stream of military checkpoints. Naturally, his friends agree to go along with the scheme. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Trivia

Partially shot on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) location (the railroad and the farmhouse). See more »

Goofs

One of the soldiers killed on the train opens his eyes as they set up his body to make it look like he is still alive. See more »

Quotes

Dutchman: Some men die for money, some die for causes. They're gonna die for us.
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A Caper, a Western, a Cause: who could ask for more?
12 December 2007 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Totally underrated and massive fun - this is the result of a group of nine year olds thinking up a spaghetti Western - hey, let's have a Samurai, and that guy from Mission Impossible, oooh and an impossibly big and strong one, and an acrobat, and an explosives expert, but let's keep it to only 5 that's even better than Magnificent Seven...

And so it goes....

It really is one of the best blokes' films of all time, just the right mix of adventure and fun, and all wrapped around an ingenious plot to rob a gold train.

With a good score, that'll remind you of every Western you've every heard, a couple of good chases, a jail break, and even mean and nasty Army types it really is a lot of fun...

Highly recommended as one of the classic pizza and beer movies, it is a real shame that it hasn't been seen more often... deserves to be a classic.


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