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Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)
"Los amigos" (original title)

 -  Western  -  29 March 1973 (Italy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Ears
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Erastus 'Deaf' Smith
Pamela Tiffin ...
Susie the hooker
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Hester McDonald Morton
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Williams
Franco Graziosi ...
Gen. Lucius Morton
Antonino Faà di Bruno ...
The Senator
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J.M. Hoffman
Francesca Benedetti ...
Mrs. Porter the Madame
Conchita Airoldi ...
Rosita McDonald (as Cristina Airoldi)
Romano Puppo ...
Bull, Morton's Goon
Franca Sciutto ...
Bess
Enrico Casadei ...
Barrett
Lorenzo Fineschi ...
James
Mario Carra ...
Corey
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Set in 1830's Texas just after the Republic won its independence from Mexico. The Republic's future is in doubt, with various factions and foreign powers hoping to sway matters to their own advantage. President Sam Houston instructs one of his agents, deaf-mute Erastus "Deaf" Smith, to infiltrate and put down one of the growing rebel factions. Accompanying him is his friend Johnny Ears, who must not only do Smith's hearing for him, but must also conceal Smith's handicap, as the rebels have intercepted a message that a deaf-mute spy is in their midst. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The man who hears with his eyes and speaks with his gun...

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29 March 1973 (Italy)  »

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Goofs

NOT a goof but rarely seen. As pointed out already the rifle and Gatling gun are decades from being invented. BUT it was refreshing to see Anthony Quinn loading his period cap-and-ball revolver! Colt invented this revolver in 1835. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Ears: [as they are preparing to blow up a rockslide] It's too bad you can't hear the biggest explosion in Texas
Erastus 'Deaf' Smith: [points at his eyes and then mimics a gigantic explosion]
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Piano Sonata #14 in C sharp minor (
Moonlight Sonata")" (uncredited)
By Ludwig van Beethoven
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Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, Watch no Evil!
23 June 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

With the talent assembled in the production of this tosh, it should have at least been tolerable. The films English title "Deaf Smith and Johhny Ears" attracted my curiosity, but a film about a deaf commando (gunfighter!) set in a historic Texas, where more people end up in Boot Hill than seem to live in the township was certainly difficult to believe. What could they have been thinking?...a 'deaf' 60ish protector of the countries president......I ask you!

I see from other posts, a few have enjoyed it but I'm with those who looked deeper and found very little. After a string of films just like this, it's little wonder the Western genre was well and truly killed off. Leone's Cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli may have had an eye for detail, but he obviously did not get the budget, or the time, to create any magic here.

Any promise in the idea, is quickly killed off with shoddy Italian and Spanish writing and film technique (or lack off it) A halfway interesting Music score attempts to give more than the script can deliver (the song lyrics promise a strong idealistic storyline but it's not forthcoming) In fact, the music score not only seems to belong to another film, it sounds somewhat familiar. The film wastes beautiful Pamela Tiffen, and reduces the Franko Nero role to little more than a clone of the 'Trinity' films character, and Quinn, well he just appeared to be enjoying getting paid in his old age

Italians could not make intelligent films about the 'American' west (even Sergio Leone's epic 'Once Upon a time in the West' while it looked good at the time, in retrospect, is filled with the type of foolishness that drags this work down to 'C' grade level) The near ridiculous body count and callous way people are killed puts 'Deaf Smith' in the 'Dollar' film category. The undiscerning viewer could be impressed, anyone else may want to leave town. Maybe with better handling....but I doubt it.

TCM in Australia screened this (as with most of their movies) with the 'Automatic Sound Leveler' on... creating what sounds like a constant hailstorm in the background when no-one is speaking. In this age of technical excellence when will they ever get it right? KenR


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