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Director:
Writers:
Franco Solinas (story) &
Giorgio Arlorio (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 October 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The man who sells war. The bloodier the battle - the higher the price. He's going to make a fortune on this one.
Plot:
The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Sir William Walker
Evaristo Márquez ... José Dolores (as Evaristo Marquez)
Norman Hill ... Shelton

Renato Salvatori ... Teddy Sanchez
Valeria Ferran Wanani ... Guarina
Giampiero Albertini ... Henry Thompson
Carlo Palmucci ... Jack
Dana Ghia ... Francesca
Joseph P. Persaud ... Juanito
Álvaro Medrano ... Soldier (as Alvaro Medrano)
Alejandro Obregón ... Engl. Major (as Alejandro Obregon)
Enrico Cesaretti
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cicely Browne ... Lady Bella (uncredited)
Maurice Rodriguez ... Ramón (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gillo Pontecorvo 
 
Writing credits
Franco Solinas (story) &
Giorgio Arlorio (story)

Franco Solinas (screenplay) &
Giorgio Arlorio (screenplay)

Gillo Pontecorvo  uncredited (story)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti (director of photography)
Giuseppe Ruzzolini (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Gherardi 
 
Costume Design by
Marilù Carteny  (as Marilu Carteny)
 
Makeup Department
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
Anna Graziosi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mario Del Papa .... unit manager
Sergio Merolle .... production manager
Averoe Stefani .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Salvatore Basile .... assistant director (as Salvo Basile)
Rinaldo Ricci .... assistant director
Abraham Salzman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Francesco Bronzi .... set dresser
Franco Vanorio .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Eugenio Rondani .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Iginio Lardani .... title designer (as Lardani)
 
Stunts
Alessandro Sozzi .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Filippo Carta .... camera operator (as Filippo Carta)
Elio Polacchi .... camera operator
Otello Spila .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Enzo Ocone .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor: orchestra
 
Other crew
Giovanni d'Eramo .... press (as Nanni D'Eramo)
Franco Giordano .... percussion advisor
Anna Korda .... dialogue director
Anna Maria Montanari .... script supervisor
Jennifer Oppo .... press
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Queimada" - Italy (original title)
"Burnt" - International (English title) (literal English title)
"The Mercenary" - Canada (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and nudity (re-rating) (2005)
Runtime:
Argentina:115 min | Italy:132 min | UK:112 min | USA:112 min | USA:132 min (restored version) | Germany:121 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1971) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2005) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The setting of the film is a fictional sugar cane-producing Caribbean Island named Queimada. In the original script, this fictive island was part of the Spanish empire, which would have been a more accurate historical conceit, since Spain, rather than Portugal, was the dominant European power in the Caribbean. The Spanish government of Francisco Franco pressured the filmmakers to alter the script, and since Portugal accounts for a considerably smaller share of international box-office receipts than Spain, the producers did the economically expedient thing by making the Portuguese the bad guys. No Portuguese is actually spoken in the film, but various forms of Spanish.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Looking through his spyglass, Sir William can see Jose Delores up close. Later, when he hands the glass to a British officer the view is much more distant. Spyglasses of that era (1850s) would have had 3X-6x magnification. The extreme close up view would be impossible.See more »
Quotes:
Sir William Walker:Gentlemen, let me ask you a question. Now, my metaphor may seem a trifle impertinent, but I think it's very much to the point. Which do you prefer - or should I say, which do you find more convenient - a wife, or one of these mulatto girls? No, no, please don't misunderstand: I am talking strictly in terms of economics...
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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Brando's best film of the sixties, 25 April 2000
Author: judy.dean from St Andrews, Scotland

Marlon Brando here perfects the portrayal of an upper class Englishman that he first essayed in Mutiny on the Bounty. His British agent, Sir William Walker, is patrician, duplicitous, sardonic, manipulative, charming - the embodiment of perfidious Albion. This exploration of colonialism is one of the better films Brando made in the sixties, if not the best. In it he was able to realise his long-expressed wish to make films of a serious, political nature and this one, which charts Britain's involvement in a Portugese colony in the Antilles during the mid 19th century, offers an unequivocally Marxist analysis of the struggle for freedom on the part of the black sugar cane workers. Gillo Pontecorvo, the Italian director, had previously made the much admired Battle of Algiers on the theme of French colonialism.

Walker is sent to the island of Queimada on two occasions in furtherance of British interests in the sugar trade. Initially he is employed by the Admiralty to incite a rebellion against the Portugese and install an independent government. Ten years later he returns, this time on behalf of a major sugar company, to destroy the rebel leader he himself has created.

Walker, however, is an ambivalent figure, only too aware of the contradictions in his nature. His stance is that of the professional who tries 'to do a job well, and to see it through'. At the same time, he admires Jose Dolores, the rebel leader, and is contemptuous of those not fighting alongside him. ('Why aren't you up there with them on the Sierra Madre?' he asks a bemused government soldier.) When his successful counter-insurrection leads to Jose Dolores' capture, Walker offers him the chance to escape execution, and is then puzzled by his refusal. As a man without political conviction, Walker cannot comprehend it in others.

The film is not without its flaws. Some fairly ruthless cutting leaves the plot difficult to follow on first viewing. The middle section, accounting for the intervening years in Walker's life, is unconvincing. If he is a disillusioned man, reduced to drinking and brawling (through self-loathing?) there is no sign of it on his return to Queimada. And whatever happened to his next assignment in, ironically, Indo-China?

The rest of the multi-national cast are no match for Brando, who has most of the dialogue and is seldom off screen. Jose Dolores, for example, is played by a young Colombian who had never seen a film before, let alone acted in one, and the imbalance between the two performances is all too evident. Pontecorvo orchestrates the big crowd scenes well, and they have the documentary feel of Battle of Algiers, but they cause the film to swing unevenly between action and ideas.

Making the film was apparently an unhappy experience for all concerned. Shot mainly in Colombia, working conditions were appalling with the cast and crew subject to illness, bad weather and threats of violence. With Italian, French, English and Spanish speakers involved, there were major problems of communication. Brando and Pontecorvo had different views on the main character - the director wanted him portrayed as an unmitigated force of evil while Brando pushed for more light and shade - and relationships between the two deteriorated rapidly. Filming was finally completed in Morocco after Brando, who was at a very low ebb in his life, walked off the set and threatened to quit the production altogether.

Despite its flaws, it remains a fascinating film, with a literate script, a strong anti-racist message and a central performance of great intelligence and wit. Why has it never been released on video in the UK?

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