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A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975)
"Un genio, due compari, un pollo" (original title)

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Three rogues set out to rob $300,000 from an Indian-hating cavalry major.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe Thanks / Nobody
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Lucy (as Miou Miou)
Robert Charlebois ...
Bill Locomotiva / Steamengine Bill
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Raimund Harmstorf ...
Sergeant Milton
Piero Vida ...
Jacky Roll
Rik Battaglia ...
Captain
Mario Valgoi ...
Thomas Trader
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Coach driver
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Don Felipe, the priest (as Frederick von Ledebur)
Jean Martin ...
Colonel Pembroke
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Doc Foster
Clara Colosimo ...
La ruffiana
Fernando Cerulli ...
Her husband (as Ferdinando Cerulli)
Benito Stefanelli ...
Mortimer
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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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Release Date:

19 December 1975 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot  »

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Budget:

ITL 3,500,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 720,215 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The film was released in West Germany under the title "Nobody ist der Größte", and in Denmark under the name "Jeg hedder stadigvæk Nobody", to create the illusion that it was a sequel to My Name Is Nobody (1973) (aka "Mein Name ist Nobody"/"Mit navn er Nobody"). 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

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Scrappy plot, but great intro and it does have Klaus Kinski in the cast
18 May 2010 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This should have been a great film, but after the superb intro (which I think is directed by Leone) the film pretty much falls out of your mind after seeing it.

Whith Leone involved, I did expect a great film and the intro did meet my expectations but the rest of the film is quite poor. I am a big fan of spaghetti westerns but this film falls because it is so messy. It is a ripoff from "My Name is Nobody" and "Trinity", with some more serious elements (such as the intro), paired together with a scrappy plot.

I am not a big fan of Terrence Hill and this movie did not make me change my mind about him. The character he plays in this movie is pretty much a copy of the one he played in "My Name is Nobody" except the fact that he did a good job in that movie. He is not bad, but his acting gets boring (maybe he was tired of playing the same role in every film?). Klaus Kinski is good as always. The film does look great though, and does not have that b-film feeling to it like so many other spaghetti westerns.

I don't hate this movie, but it did not meet my high expectations. Watching it without expectations, I can imagine that this flick works as great entertainment for the spaghetti western fan. And remember, the score by Morricone, the intro and the performance of Kinski are reasons alone to watch this movie.


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