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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Blanc de Blanc / Stetson
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Sakura
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Sheriff Edward 'Black Jack' Gideon
Manuel de Blas ...
Major Donovan
Jacques Berthier ...
Kelly Butler
Romano Puppo ...
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 ...
(as Giovanni Petti)
Tito García ...
Watson Brother
Franco Tocci ...
Soldier Guard on Train
Cris Huerta ...
Robinson Watson 'Grasso' (as Chris Huerta)

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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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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 »

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Sheriff Edward GideonBlanc de Blanc: [drunkenly] You're absolutely right, Swiss. I'm a horse's ass. And... of all th' horse's asses in the world... you... are my real friend.
Blanc de Blanc: Now you're really beginnin' to make a little sense. But Black Jack, why did you choose the kind of existence that pays nothing and is full of danger? You got a house full of kids, and a woman who, exceptin' for the beard, could be the twin of Mochako.
Sheriff Edward Gideon: Mochako doesn't have a beard.
Blanc de Blanc: But Clementine has. Hey, look, we could both be rich, Black Jack. Rich, you hear...
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Not Corbucci's best, but definitely one of his weirdest.
8 August 2002 | by (The Great White North) – See all my reviews

Don't go into this film expecting a typical Corbucci high body count shoot 'em up. This time around the famous `other Sergio' takes a stab at the comedy/spaghetti sub-genre which was ever so popular in the waning days of the Euro Western. `Bianco, il giallo, il nero, Il' is more or less a bizarro take on the East meets wild West classic `Red Sun'. Eli Wallach plays `Black Jack Gideon', a straight and narrow lawman who reluctantly gets mixed up in a quest to recover a prize Japanese show pony that's being held for ransom by a renegade band of army deserters with a penchant for dressing up like Indians. Accompanying him on his journey are the notorious bandit and womanizer `Swiss', played by Giuliano Gemma and `Sakura' the dung handler turned Samurai played by Tomas Milian. Many unintentional laughs and moments of genuine surreal weirdness set to the equally strange Guido & Maurizio De Angelis score almost guarantee this film to delight fans of the genre and confuse and frighten the average viewer.


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