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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' Officers
Marino Masé ...
Railroad Man
Dan Sturkie ...
Carnival Barker
José Torres ...
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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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Partially shot on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) location (the railroad and the farmhouse). See more »

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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 »

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Dutchman: Some men die for money, some die for causes. They're gonna die for us.
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Excellent Spaghetti Western
16 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic film that might shock a few spaghetti western fans. The shock? Peter Graves in a 1970 spaghetti western! Graves is his usual self,great voice,intense and even a bit light hearted at times. Terrence Hill co- hort ,Bud Spencer,a legend in the genre,plays his normal role as a tough but lovable brute of a man. This film is sort of a "Magnificent Seven" but minus two. While the story may be run of the mill,the score by master Ennio Morricone is haunting and will stick with you for as long as you grace this earth. Morricone is one of the few composers that can actually make an average film into a very good one. His music adds so much to the film. The rest of the cast is above average compared to the standard fare of the genre during that time period(early 70's). Overall a very enjoyable film that I would suggest to anyone who wants to sit back and just let their mind and body relax for an hour or two. No one can do westerns like the Italians. I wish that the genre would make a comeback but no matter what..things will never be good as the period from 1964-1974,at least as far as westerns are concerned. Give me a good ole Italian western over the American oater...ANYDAY!


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