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Companeros (1970)

Vamos a matar, compañeros (original title)
A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

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John
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Prof. Xantos
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Lola
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Gen. Mongo (as Francisco Bódalo)
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Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
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Zaira
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Tourneur (as Luigi Pernice)
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Xantista
Claudio Scarchilli
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Captain Jim
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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>

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

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Action | Comedy | Western

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Trivia

At one point, Tomas Milian is seen dragging a coffin out of a graveyard. This is a reference to Sergio Corbucci and Franco Nero's previous collaboration Django (1966) in which the title character drags a coffin behind him. 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

Lola: We fight for the cause of liberty and justice!
Yolof Peterson: I've heard those words in every country where I've sold guns.
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Connections

Referenced in Sholay (1975) See more »

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Brilliant! Corbucci's Finest?
20 March 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most beautiful westerns you will ever see. It's a true masterpiece and arguably Corbucci's finest.

Sergio Leone will always be the name everyone associates with spaghetti westerns but Sergio Corbucci's contribution to the genre deserves great recognition. People usually always mention Django and The Great Silence when talking about Corbucci's westerns but Companeros is perhaps his best work.

Companeros is a much lighter film than the aforementioned. Like most Corbucci westerns there is a political undertone to the film and the plot revolves around the Mexican revolution (similar to A Professional Gun which Corbucci directed 2 years earlier). Che Guevara look-a-like Thomas Milian is superb as the comical revolutionary Vasco and Corbucci regular Franco Nero is excellent as his ultra-cool Swedish mercenary partner. Add to the mix a marijuana-smoking psychopath played by Jack Palance and you have one explosive concoction of a western. Pulling all this together is another masterful score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. I guarantee you will still be singing the theme tune a week later!

I rate this as one of the best Westerns of all time. It's a really fun film and an absolute must for fans of the Spaghetti genre.


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