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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Corbucci (screenplay)
Sergio Corbucci (story)
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Release Date:
April 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fate brought them together. Greed made them inseparable, and violence made them Companeros!
Plot:
Arms dealer Yolaf Peterson aims to make a sale to guerilla Mongo, but the money is locked in a bank safe... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Spaghetti heavyweights Franco Nero and Tomas Milian join forces in fantastic Mexican revolution escapade See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Franco Nero ... Yodlaf Peterson

Tomas Milian ... El Vasco

Jack Palance ... John

Fernando Rey ... Prof. Xantos

Iris Berben ... Lola
José Bódalo ... Gen. Mongo (as Francisco Bódalo)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
Karin Schubert ... Zaira

Gino Pernice ... 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
Gianni Pulone (as Giovanni Pulone)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramón Fernández Tejela
Simón Arriaga ... Mongo Henchman (uncredited)
José Canalejas ... Mongo Henchman (uncredited)
Tito García ... Pepito Tigrero (uncredited)
Víctor Israel ... Rosenbloom Henchman with Brown Suit (uncredited)
Vicente Roca ... Rosenbloom Henchman with Tropical Hat (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sergio Corbucci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Corbucci  screenplay
Sergio Corbucci  story
Massimo De Rita 
Fritz Ebert 
José Frade  dialogue
Arduino Maiuri  (as Dino Maiuri)

Produced by
Antonio Morelli .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
 
Production Design by
Adolfo Cofiño 
 
Costume Design by
Jürgen Henze 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Capogrosso .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Maria Alabasio .... unit manager
Enrique Bellot .... unit manager
Norberto Soliño .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sabatino Ciuffini .... assistant director
Ricardo Huertas .... assistant director
Manfred R. Köhler .... assistant director (as Manfred Köhler)
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing engineer
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Antonio Forrest .... sound engineer
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator
Ruggero Radicchi .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Osanna Guardini .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Giuseppe Romano .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Lamberto Andreani .... production coordinator
Francisco Bellot .... production coordinator (as Paco Bellot)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vamos a matar, compañeros" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min | Spain:110 min | Germany:115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2005) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1971) | Norway:16 (1970) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)

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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:
Anachronisms: When El Vasco (Tomas Milian) tear open the blouse of Lola (Iris Berben) to reveal her breasts, the tan lines from a Bikini are clearly visible.See more »
Quotes:
Yolof Peterson:If you ever come to Sweden, I'll let you meet my sister.
El Vasco:[singing] Beautiful eyes, just like the sky... just like your sister, huh?
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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Spaghetti heavyweights Franco Nero and Tomas Milian join forces in fantastic Mexican revolution escapade, 28 July 2005
Author: marc-366 from United Kingdom

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!

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