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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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Lucy (as Miou Miou)
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Major Cabot
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Sergeant Milton
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Jacky Roll
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Captain (as Rick Battaglia)
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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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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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They called him "Trinity". They called him "Nobody" - now they call him... "The Genius". See more »

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19 December 1975 (Italy)  »

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ITL 3,500,000,000 (estimated)
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This is the last western Sergio Leone worked on. 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 »

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Doc Foster: [to Joe] In a few moments you'll be the deadest man that ever lived!
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Glory, Glory, Glory
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Sung by Catherine Howe
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Easily the poorest spaghetti western I've ever seen. Avoid.
27 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this one until I stumbled across it on DVD (under the title 'A Genius, Two Partners And A Dupe'). I was intrigued because it was directed by Damiano Damiani who made one of the very best non-Leone spaghetti westerns 'A Bullet For The General', and was produced (and many say co-directed) by Sergio Leone himself. I believe this was the last western Leone was involved with, and one of the very last spaghetti westerns ever made. The eclectic cast was another attraction. Terence "My Name Is Nobody" Hill, Miou-Miou, Patrick "The Prisoner" McGoohan and the legendary Klaus Kinski... Mmmm, very interesting! Well after sitting through this crap I now know why it's so obscure. It sucks. In almost every way. I have no idea of Leone's involvement, but the striking opening sequence looks like it might have been directed by him. Too bad it's all downhill from there! This was retitled to try and sell it as a sequel to 'My Name Is Nobody'. Hill actually plays a different character and the connection between the two is tenuous at best. BUT it is in a similar vein to many of Hill's comedy westerns, or should I say "so-called comedy" westerns? I didn't get one laugh out of it. It's really hard to imagine a serious director like Damiani making slapstick rubbish like this. The awful dubbing doesn't help things either. Regarding the supporting cast, the bad news is Kinski. He only had a small role in 'A Bullet For The General', but in this one it's even less. Basically Kinski has a two scene cameo at the beginning of the movie, and that's it. I love watching Kinski but anyone renting this movie just to see him should be warned. The good news is McGoohan. He has a much more substantial role and is quite good. Unfortunately he's surrounded by actors hamming it up and a lousy script. If the movie hadn't have played it for laughs, had someone other than Hill as the star (say Franco Nero) and more Kinski it might have been good. As it is only rabid Leone fans will want to bother watching it. Easily the poorest spaghetti western I've ever seen. Avoid.


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