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Shoot First... Ask Questions Later (1975)

Il bianco il giallo il nero (original title)
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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Major Donovan
Jacques Berthier ...
Kelly Butler
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Kady
Nazzareno Zamperla ...
Sgt. Donovan (as Nazareno Zamperla)
Edy Biagetti
Hideo Saito ...
Yamoto (as Ideo Saito)
Frank Nuyen ...
Japanese Consul
Lorenzo Robledo ...
Colonel
Giovanni Petrucci ...
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Watson Brother
Franco Tocci ...
Soldier Guard on Train
Cris Huerta ...
Robinson Watson 'Grasso' (as Chris Huerta)
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Storyline

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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17 January 1975 (Italy)  »

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Ring Around the Horse's Tail  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,005,885, 31 December 1975
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Trivia

The film crew traveled around Spain, looking for a pony with special features. The small horse was a key piece of the film plot. Finally, it was found in a town of Region of Murcia (Spain) . See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Edward Gideon: [Observing a deserted town] What the hell's goin' on around here?
Sakura: Oh... maybe today holiday.
Blanc de Blanc: He's right. Today's the day of St. Blanc the Martyr. That's my saint day! Hey, Sheriff, do you mind if I-?
Sheriff Edward Gideon: Shut up, Swiss. Sit down. You bring tears to my eyes, but we ain't Catholics in these parts.
Sakura: Uh-uh-uh, that's right. In America, all prostitutes.
Sheriff Edward Gideon: [Annoyed] Protestants.
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My copy was just about unwatchable.
13 April 2013 | by 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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