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A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975)

Un genio, due compari, un pollo (original title)
Three rogues set out to rob $300,000 from an Indian-hating cavalry major.

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Cast

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Lucy (as Miou Miou)
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Major Cabot
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Sergeant Milton
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Jacky Roll
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Captain (as Rick Battaglia)
Mario Valgoi ...
Thomas Trader
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Officer at Fort
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Colonel Pembroke
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Miriam Mahler ...
Pembroke's Daughter
Clara Colosimo ...
La ruffiana
Carla Cassola ...
Prostitute
Fernando Cerulli ...
Her husband (as Ferdinando Cerulli)
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Storyline

Expert conman Joe Thanks teams up with half-breed Bill and naive Lucy to steal $300,000 from the Indian-hating Major Cabot. Their elaborate plan is full of disguises, double-crosses, and chases, but Joe always seems to know what he's doing. Written by lonamer

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19 December 1975 (Italy)  »

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A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot  »

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ITL 3,500,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Parts of the original camera negative were stolen, so the filmmakers had to assemble many scenes from alternate takes. As of this writing the original negative has not been found. See more »

Goofs

When Major Cabot brings Bill and Lucy to the cell, they go through a room with flags which are supposed to be the state flags of the United States. If you watch closely you can see the flags of the European Union and of East Germany. See more »

Quotes

Doc Foster: [to Joe] In a few moments you'll be the deadest man that ever lived!
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Soundtracks

Glory, Glory, Glory
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Sung by Catherine Howe
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A nice gem for macaroni enthusiasts
5 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I purchased this PAL DVD (my Macintosh computer plays the format) and a region- free, NTSC/PAL DVD player (connected to a regular NTSC tv) so I, NOT THE STUDIOS, can choose what I want. The PAL disc was the only version I found available, and I will submit DVD info when I find time. Look for the widescreen/ letterboxed format (which "Genius" is), instead of the horrid pan and scan, because letterboxed (or matted) is what the director intended viewers to see! Please keep an open mind about spaghetti westerns. Sometimes viewers comment with such harsh criticism that it can turn someone away when they should be prompted to look for a title in the genre they are interested in. I've suddenly grown a fascination in macaroni that I'm finding movies that I've never been interested in before. I swore on Clint/Eli/Cleef/ Leone/Ennio flicks yet didn't notice people like Nero and Milian. And now I'm discovering not to be so hard on my boy Terence Hill. Okay, so he doesn't take it so seriously. At first, that's what turned me away from his flicks. It wasn't Eastwood enough. But geez, what a kick you can get from "Genious." Initially I didn't care for Ennio's music, but it seeps into you. And there's something about the camera placement and movements that draw me into the film, which was just the right length -- not too long or short. The funny moments and comments throughout, plus the explosion (a very real and powerful one) somewhere in the flick made me decide on 8 stars. I judge these the same way as kung fu action. It can be so easy to pick apart and be literal, but these generally are simply pasta and lo mein noodle- type movies. Just enjoy sucking it into your system. You'll love getting full, and soon you'll want another helping.


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