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The Five Man Army (1969)

Un esercito di 5 uomini (original title)
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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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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...heists a fortune in Mexican gold

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Western

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20 February 1970 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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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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Spaghetti alle Americana

The Five Man Army is a Spaghetti Western made toward the end of the cycle financed by MGM and Directed by American Don Taylor.The visuals are strong and pacing is adequate with an interesting blend of Italian and American Actors with one Samurai character thrown in. While this film does not have the style of a Sergio Leone Production it does have two very strong elements of his , the screenplay by Dario Argento and the sixth character in the army Ennio Morricone's brilliant score. These themes have haunted me for thirty years since I first saw this film at a drive-in. It is as strong as The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Perhaps not as diverse as Once upon a Time in the West where every Character has their own theme, but every bit as powerful. It is ultimately the score that carries this film, as the acting is pretty stiff. The Screenplay is typical of Argento light on dialogue with a twist at the end, of course this is early in his career. If you like your Spaghetti al dente only you may not care for this film. But if you are like me, a fan of this lost genre you may savor every bite of this Delicious side dish. Makes a great double bill with "My Name is Nobody".


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