Shoot First... Ask Questions Later (1975)
"Il bianco il giallo il nero" (original title)

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In the 19th century, when the Japanese Emperor sends a gift pony to the US President it gets stolen and ransomed by Indians but Sheriff Gideon aided by an inept Japanese servant offers to deliver the ransom.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ...
Blanc de Blanc / Stetson
Sheriff Edward Gideon / aka Black Jack
Manuel de Blas ...
Major Donovan
Jacques Berthier ...
Kelly Butler
Romano Puppo ...
Nazzareno Zamperla ...
Sgt. Donovan (as Nazareno Zamperla)
Edy Biagetti
Hideo Saito ...
Yamoto (as Ideo Saito)
Frank Nuyen ...
Console Giapponese
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Giovanni Petrucci ...
(as Giovanni Petti)
Tito García
Franco Tocci
Cris Huerta ...
Robinson Grasso (as Chris Huerta)


In the 19th century, a Japanese delegation arrives in the USA to present the American president with a gift pony from the Japanese Emperor.The Japanese consider the pony to be divine and it is guarded by Japanese Samurai.A tribe of renegade Indians attack the train and steal the pony with the intention of ransoming it.In order to retrieve the pony, the Japanese delegation offers one million dollars in ransom money, to be delivered to the Indians by the local Sheriff Gideon assisted by the inept Japanese servant Sakura, who believes he is a true Samurai.On the way, the duo runs into the drifter Blanc De Blanc, who is Swiss and has plans of his own concerning the ransom money. Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

17 January 1975 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ring Around the Horse's Tail  »

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ESP 56,044,650 (Spain) (3 March 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the trio makes camp for the night the Swiss is asking Sheriff Gideon to respect the rules of the Geneva Convention and feed him supper(0:43:26).The Swiss is referring to the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field of 1864. See more »


Sheriff Edward Gideon: Hey, wha- what are you doing there?
Sakura: I'm preparing poutparri, Japanese style.
Blanc de Blanc: Potpourri, not poutparri.
Sakura: Yeah, yeah, special herbs, that prevent sleeping on hunger. That way, Sakura always stay awake and on guard all night.
Sheriff Edward Gideon: Well, if it helps to stop hunger, bring it here. I'll have some.
Sakura: Oh, we special, Sheriff, we special...
Blanc de Blanc: Hey, leave some for me, huh?
Sheriff Edward Gideon: You'll need your sleep. You're gonna do a lotta galloping tomorrow.
Sakura: Ah, it's ready. Ah, ya, oh...
Sheriff Edward Gideon: Good, huh?
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My copy was just about unwatchable.
13 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Many of the problems I had with "Shoot First...Ask Questions Later" (a.k.a. "Samurai") had nothing to do with the original production. The DVD I got from Netflix was among the very worst discs I have ever seen--and that's saying a lot since I have rented thousands of their films. In fact, it might just be THE worst. It appears as if someone took an old videotape and literally filmed it with a home videocamera! The picture was super-blurry and crooked throughout. Ugly is perhaps the kindest thing I can say about the DVD!

As far as the film goes, it's not a good film either. It's all about some 'Japanese' folks in the West. Some might just have been Japanese but the main one was played by the Cuban-American Toma Milian and it's undoubtedly one of the most embarrassing roles he ever took. Seeing the guy in a goofy wig, mustache and kimono looked utterly stupid. Unfortunately, the film itself never rose much above this. Probably not worth your time unless you insist on seeing EVERYTHING made by Sergio Carbucci AND you can find a better DVD copy.

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