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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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Awards:
3 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
User Reviews:
"If a man gives you freedom, it is not freedom. Freedom is something you take for yourself." See more (48 total) »

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)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Evaristo Márquez, who plays rebel leader Jose Dolores in the film, was not an actor. He was a poor villager from "San Basilio de Palenque", Colombia, whom director Pontecorvo discovered while scouting locations in that country and convinced to star opposite Brando. The studio had originally wanted Sydney Poitier.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Brando (2007) (TV)See more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"If a man gives you freedom, it is not freedom. Freedom is something you take for yourself.", 15 September 2008

Marlon Brando's involvement in the making of "Burn" came about directly as the result of his politician idealism and his desire to make films with a comment on the human situation… In 1968 he was deeply concerned in supporting civil rights causes, particularly those to have reference to black and Indian conditions, and, according to his friends, he was greatly disturbed and depressed by the assassination of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King…

"Burn" begins in 1845 as Sir William Walker (Brando) arrives on the island of Queimada, truly as far as can be judged as a harmless traveler but actually an agent of the British government ordered to incite a revolution that will shatter the Portuguese control on the island and permit the British to put their hand on the valuable sugar-cane total product… Queimada has a population of two hundred thousand, of whom only five thousand are Europeans…The main town is a well-protected port with a fort and a garrison, a governor's palace, a cathedral, a bank, a hotel and a brothel…

The English gentleman recognizes he must play the part of a political Pygmalion… He looks around for a suitable subject to train as a revolutionary and he selects José Dolores (Evaristo Marquez), a large, handsome black dock-worker with an air of confidence… Walker also recruits Teddy Sanchez (Renato Salvatori), an almost-white clerk with political ambitions… Walker persuades José Dolores to steal the bank of the island, and once he does, Walker reveals his name to the government, thereby turning Dolores into a hunted bandit… The ingenious Walker then teaches Dolores and his followers in the use of firearms and gradually absorbs in them ideas and feelings to overthrow the Portuguese government…

The film is quite obviously political in tone, and is a passionate piece of propaganda in the anti-colonial struggle… Brando's interpretation of Sir William Walker is apt to call up memories of his Fletcher Christian… This is another Englishman, whose gentle speech and soft manners disguise with courage and determination…Walker is not a villain but a cold, inflexible pragmatist with a hard work to accomplish…

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