MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,147 this week

Companeros (1970)
"Vamos a matar, compañeros" (original title)

 -  Action | Comedy | Western  -  April 1972 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,148 users  
Reviews: 31 user | 15 critic

Arms dealer Yolaf Peterson aims to make a sale to guerilla Mongo, but the money is locked in a bank safe, the combination known only to Professor Xantos, a prisoner of the Americans. Yolaf ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 09 Jul 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 22 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Companeros" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Companeros (1970)

Companeros (1970) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Companeros.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hellbenders (1967)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Al Mulock
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes
Face to Face (1967)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

History Professor Brad Fletcher heads west for his health, but falls in with Soloman Bennett's outlaw gang. Fascinated by their way of life, Fletcher finally takes over the gang, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Tomas Milian, Gian Maria Volonté, William Berger
Navajo Joe (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Indian warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli
Gunlaw (1967)
Certificate: M Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Amiable, unassertive Scott Mary picks up the trash, cleans the toilets, sweeps the floors in the town of Clifton. Then a gunfighter comes to town. He offers advice and guidance to Scott who... See full summary »

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla
Certificate: M Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

El Chuncho's bandits rob arms from a train, intending to sell the weapons to Elias' revolutionaries. They are helped by one of the passengers, Bill Tate, and allow him to join them, unaware... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Gian Maria Volonté, Klaus Kinski, Martine Beswick
Keoma (1976)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell, an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos
Django (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coffin-dragging gunslinger enters a town caught between two feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits. That man is Django, and he is caught up in a struggle against both parties.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Once again billed as Montgomery Wood, Giuliano Gemma plays a civil war soldier who returns to his family land to find his family decimated, his property taken over by a family of Mexican ... See full summary »

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca
Specialists (1969)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Fabian, Sylvie Fennec
Johnny Oro (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Mark Damon, Valeria Fabrizi, Franco De Rosa
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Finito in prigione per avere ucciso, per legittima difesa, tre uomini mentre giocava a campana, Ringo viene liberato per infiltrarsi tra i banditi capeggiati da Sancho che, dopo una rapina ... See full summary »

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
John
...
Prof. Xantos
...
Lola
José Bódalo ...
Gen. Mongo (as Francisco Bódalo)
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
Karin Schubert ...
Zaira
...
Tourneur (as Luigi Pernice)
Álvaro de Luna
Jesús Fernández
Claudio Scarchilli
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Man Dancing with Zaira
Giovanni Petrucci ...
(as Giovanni Petti)
Gérard Tichy ...
Lieutenant
Edit

Storyline

Arms dealer Yolaf Peterson aims to make a sale to guerilla Mongo, but the money is locked in a bank safe, the combination known only to Professor Xantos, a prisoner of the Americans. Yolaf agrees to free Xantos, accompanied by reluctant guerilla Basco, but a former business partner of Yolaf's- John 'The Wooden Hand', has other ideas. Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Fate brought them together. Greed made them inseparable, and violence made them Companeros!

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

April 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Companeros  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 45,052,639 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the beginning, the one who voted against Porfirio Díaz is called Ricardo Huerta, the same name of an assistant director in the film. See more »

Goofs

When El Vasco (Tomas Milian) grabs the glass-covered oil lamp to light up a covered wagon, you can see in the short closeup, that the lamp has no glass around the open fire. See more »

Quotes

Yolof Peterson: Your friend is right, compañero. When you're about to die, don't ask so many questions.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Spaghetti heavyweights Franco Nero and Tomas Milian join forces in fantastic Mexican revolution escapade
28 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With a dream cast of Franco Nero (as Swedish mercenary Yod Peterson aka "penguin") and Tomas Milian (Mexican rebel Vasco), a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone and Sergio Corbucci at the Directors helm, this film was always likely to deliver. And it delivers 100%.

The story centres around the town of San Bernardino, and a fight for power between General Mongo (Bodalo) and Professor Xantos (Fernando Rey). Xantos, a pacifist with a young and dedicated following, has been imprisoned at Fort Yuma by the Americans. His absence has left the town, and its safe, at the mercy of Mongo. However, without the combination for the lock, he is unable to access the wealth of the town.

Mongo enlists the help of Peterson to rescue Xantos, for both the combination code and probable execution. Vascos is sent to accompany him, having already suffered much humiliation as a result of an earlier confrontation with the Swede. This makes for a very uneasy relationship.

A brief fracas with Xantos' followers at a hold-up on a train enables Peterson to escape from Vacos' close watch. However, he is soon relying on his companion to rescue him, after he is captured by a former partner John (Jack Palance) - who he had previously betrayed some years ago to save his own skin. This betrayal had resulted in John being nailed to a tree, and relying on his faithful pet falcon, Marsha, to rescue him by biting off his hand. Not surprisingly, John holds a grudge (as well as a wooden hand!).

On escaping John's grasp, the two make an assault on Fort Yuma in an attempt to free Xantos from the Americans. As the adventure really heats up, they're paths will soon cross with the American army, General Mongo, Xantos' followers and, of course, John and Marsha.

The first third of the film is perhaps a little slow and episodic, but does successfully reveal the characters of Peterson and Vasco to the viewer (with fantastic character play by Nero and Milian respectively). Once the background is established, the film soon explodes into action with a series of exciting and highly effective chases and battle sequences. Corbucci at his best.

Probably the strongest element of this movie however is its subtle use of humour. Much of this is provided by the chemistry between the two leading roles, but the laughs really reach a crescendo with Peterson and Vasco's final liaison with Jack's falcon Marsha. Just one great scene in a film full of them.

It is no doubt a crime to have got so far into my review without mentioning Jack Palance's performance in much detail, because his performance as the unhinged, marijuana smoking John is scene stealing. Quite possibly one of the greatest villains of all the Spaghetti Westerns I have seen.

Music is provided by Morricone, and as always the score is a perfect accompaniment to the action - both memorable and rousing. In fact it always amazes me how the man could be so consistent! In summary, this is a must view film from the ever reliable Corbucci. And my mouth waters at the prospect of watching his other Mexican revolutionary movies ('A Professional Gun' and 'What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution')..... very shortly, hopefully!


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Corbucci's finest Western? Indio500
Terrific boardwalk_angel
Xantos and Mongo pogglezig
Languages sunn-o
Tarantino is lazy smek2
String on the falcon / the glove? mangeder
Discuss Companeros (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?