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Burn! (1969) More at IMDbPro »Queimada (original title)

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Burn! -- A Caribbean island in the mid-1800's. Nature has made it a paradise; man has made it a hell. Slaves on vast Portuguese sugar plantations are ready to turn their misery into rebellion - and the British are ready to provide the spark. They send agent William Walker (Marlon Brando) on a devious three-part mission: trick the slaves into revolt, grab the sugar trade for England...then return the slaves to servitude.

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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:
"That's The Logic Of Profit, Isn't It?" See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Renato Salvatori ... Teddy Sanchez
Dana Ghia ... Francesca
Valeria Ferran Wanani ... Guarina
Giampiero Albertini ... Henry Thompson
Carlo Palmucci ... Jack
Norman Hill ... Shelton
Thomas Lyons
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 
Giuseppe Ruzzolini 
 
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 .... collaborating 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
Franco Giordano .... musician: percusion
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor: orchestra
 
Other crew
Giovanni d'Eramo .... press (as Nanni D'Eramo)
Anna Korda .... dialogue director
Anna Maria Montanari .... script supervisor
Jennifer Oppo .... press
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... dubbing director (as Peppino Rinaldi)
 

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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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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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:
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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Movie Connections:
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
"That's The Logic Of Profit, Isn't It?", 26 July 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

In the 1830's, the island of Quemada in the Antilles is a Portuguese colony - that is, until an English agent provocateur arrives and inspires the black slaves to rise and expel the colonial authorities. However, as is always the way with revolutions, a group of middle-class power brokers seizes political control and the people's aspirations are betrayed.

Ten years pass, and the sugar industry now requires peace and stability on Quemada. The continuing guerilla campaign by the dispossessed blacks is harming profits. The very same English adventurer is once more despatched to the island, this time to hunt down and eradicate the revolutionaries he created.

Marlon Brando plays Sir William Walker in his best Fletcher Christian English accent and a blonde wig with a life of its own. His is a thoughtful performance, putting across the complexity of the man, a character who is undoubtedly cynical and unscrupulous, but who is also an emotional man and something of a political philosopher. He is certainly effective at what he does.

The direction of Gillo Pontecorvo is somewhat erratic at times. There are points where the narrative is confused, and the gold robbery which drives the plot somehow got left on the cutting-room floor. Jose Dolores' rise to power is the most significant event in the story, but we see nothing of it. During the voodoo carnival, two of the participants are wearing 20th-century soccer shorts. The film's central pivot, the passage of ten years between Walker's two visits to the island, is handled very sketchily by means of a few incongruous London scenes and a voice-over narration.

But there are good things, too. When Santiago's widow hauls her husband's body away, the masonry of the fort stands as a silent metaphor of colonial power - harsh, overbearing and sterile. Brando has some fine speeches, musing on the nature of political legitimism. The fire scenes are visually arresting (though it would have sufficed to have two or three guerillas being shot as they emerged from the burning sugar cane: seven or eight is labouring the point), and Walker is positively luminous against the tortured black shapes of the charred forest, showing in symbolic form that this man thrives on the suffering of the blacks, and that destruction is his natural element.

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