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

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Western  |  April 1972 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prof. Xantos
José Bódalo ...
Gen. Mongo (as Francisco Bódalo)
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
Karin Schubert ...
Tourneur (as Luigi Pernice)
Álvaro de Luna ...
Jesús Fernández ...
Claudio Scarchilli
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Captain Jim
Giovanni Petrucci ...
(as Giovanni Petti)
Gérard Tichy ...


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 <>

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


Action | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

April 1972 (USA)  »

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Companeros  »

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ESP 45,052,639 (Spain)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Yolof Peterson: Excuse me, but your mother is a prostitute, your father is a crook, and your grandfather is a man with a very broad buttocks.
Mexican: What?
Yolof Peterson: Allow me to explain. Your mother is a whore, your father is a damn thief, and your grandfather is a notorious fag.
[Yolof punches out the Mexican]
Yolof Peterson: I generously spared your sister...
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Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

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4 March 2004 | by (MEXICO) – See all my reviews

I believe that every film should be judged according to it's nature. For what this film is, it's almost excellent. I can still remember the first time I saw it as a child in a summer time cinema in my town and not only it left a mark in my subconsciousness about the kind of films I was watching at that time, but the music never left my memory and easily comes back without me ask for it. And I don't mind at all. But enough about me!!! Like so many other Italian western films, it actually is... a political film. Yes! And a very obvious one. The Mexican revolution as pictured here, has little in common with the real stuff. Also the basis of the Mexican food is corn! But that's not important. What matters is the hope that so many Europeans had in that time for some kind of revolution here also. So, Mexico is just an excuse.

The movie plays with the sentiments of the viewer, who slowly finds that he wants to be a part of it, even if he is a money loving European like Yolaf Peterson. In the (incredible) end, when everything about this wonderful, crazy song you hear all the time makes sense, you are so captivated that you would never forgive Yolaf for making any other choice than the one that you also would have made given the chance. When can I see this film again?

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