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The 5-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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Mesito
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Luis
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Claudio Gora ...
Esteban
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Maria
Annabella Andreoli ...
Mexican Girl - Perla
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Gutierrez
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Marino Masé ...
Railroad Man (as Marino Mase)
Dan Sturkie ...
Carnival Barker
José Torres ...
Mexican Spy (as Jose Torres) (credit only)
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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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20 February 1970 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in Agent Vinod (2012) See more »

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Ingenious Train Robbery Movie
15 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I hardly see 60's or 70's western movies but whatever I've seen so far are gems. The Five Man Army may or may not be a classic but it still makes for an entertaining watch. The train heist the five men do looks very unsophisticated but the matter in which they plan and do it is applause-worthy. Definitely, the best parts of the movie are the entire train robbery scenes.

Peter Graves as the leader of the five is dashingly handsome and there are few leading Hollywood stars today who look as good as this suave man. Rest of the gang too seem like a perfect fit too. If you substitute actor Tetsuro Tamba for someone else as Samurai, you may not miss much but others like actors James Daly, Bud Spencer & Nino Castelnuovo are bang on fit for their characters.

Good story, action and music - everything required for an old Western potboiler is in here.

Verdict: A feel-good movie. You'll have a nice time.


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