6.4/10
3,807
13 user 9 critic

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.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The "Trinity" crew makes another modern era film. Plata and Salud are pilots ditching aircraft for insurance money. They wind up crashing for real in the jungles of South America. The plot ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Reinhard Kolldehoff
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Yanti Somer
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two missionaries (Bud Spencer and Terence Hill) come into conflict with the authorities when they turn their missionary into a parrot farm. The Bishop of Maracaibo calls them his 'black ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Rossi
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Africa, many years ago, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant, starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian Zoo's! Slim and Tom must teach this guy a lesson by ... See full summary »

Director: Italo Zingarelli
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Joe Bugner
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, Georges Marchal
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A jazz musician and a stunt man are the spitting image of two millionaire brothers. They take the job to replace them in Rio de Janeiro when someone plans to assassinate them.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, April Clough
Crime Busters (1977)
Action | Comedy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An attempted robbery turns to be an unexpected recruitment when two unemployed men mistakenly break into a police office instead of a store.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, David Huddleston
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major and his henchmen.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias
Adventure | Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a small pacific island, Alan and Charlie try to find a war treasure left behind by the Japanese army in World War II.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, John Fujioka
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1978, $20 million was stolen from a Detroit bank. One of the robbers was caught, one was found dead, and the third disappeared. The money was never found. Seven years later, the robber ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Corbucci
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, C.B. Seay
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Lucy (as Miou Miou)
Robert Charlebois ...
Bill Locomotiva / Steamengine Bill
...
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Sergeant Milton
Piero Vida ...
Jacky Roll
...
Captain (as Rick Battaglia)
Mario Valgoi ...
Thomas Trader
...
Officer at Fort
...
Colonel Pembroke
...
Miriam Mahler ...
Pembroke's Daughter
Clara Colosimo ...
La ruffiana
Carla Cassola ...
Prostitute
Fernando Cerulli ...
Her husband (as Ferdinando Cerulli)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

19 December 1975 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

ITL 3,500,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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")--which it isn't.. 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!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Glory, Glory, Glory
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Sung by Catherine Howe
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A GENIUS, TWO PARTNERS AND A DUPE (Damiano Damiani and, uncredited, Sergio Leone, 1975) **1/2
9 June 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This popular latter-day Spaghetti Western proved a disappointment overall, considering the talents involved; to begin with, I've always been wary of semi-comic genre entries such as this – which stars one of its major exponents, Terence Hill (in fact, I recall having misgivings about even his MY NAME IS NOBODY [1973]): incidentally, that film was produced by the foremost director of Spaghetti Westerns – Sergio Leone – who was also involved with this one in an uncredited capacity (as a matter of fact, the striking and violent opening sequence is attributed to him!).

Anyway, the film clearly owes a huge debt to Leone's THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) – several genre outings, actually, tried to cash-in on that classic by devising (often amusing) variants on its title – though there are so many characters involved that it's hard to determine who the various epithets are referring to! The international cast, then, includes – besides Italian Hill – Irishman Patrick MacGoohan (though playing a U.S. Cavalry officer), French Miou-Miou and Robert Charlebois, and German Klaus Kinski (appearing in a bit early on as a gambler/gunslinger). Director Damiani had dabbled in the genre previously with one of the politically-oriented efforts, A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL (1967); the film under review, though, isn't nearly as stylish or engaging – also, as with a number of examples of its kind, it's overstretched for no real purpose!

Another underwhelming element here is the score by "Euro-Cult" guru/genre stalwart Ennio Morricone – while pleasant in itself and occasionally inventive, it's decidedly forgettable in the long run: it seems he'd been doing it for so long that inspiration had pretty much withered by this time! There's not even that much action throughout the film: it's merely a collection of incidents which sees opportunistic Hill, gruff and dim-witted Charlebois (who's not only unhappy to be constantly reminded of his Indian heritage but he gets to negotiate terms with them over land rights while posing as a U.S. Colonel!), charming Miou-Miou, and shrewd villain MacGoohan (who's wasted here: what was he thinking?!) teaming up and/or double-crossing each other for possession of the proverbial booty (the plot, thin and all-too-typical – as can be surmised – is still separated by a good deal of padding). To be fair, the film is mildly enjoyable as such (a reasonable assessment for an outing emanating so late in the game) – but hardly unmissable as Spaghetti Westerns go…


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
McGoohan Dubbed? patrick_burns1
Where to get the music? DVD-Fan
Problem of this film GrandCherokee
Un génie, deux associés, une cloche frogeye23
Where Can I get the US version of this film da_doc2099
GERMAN AND ITALIAN WESTERNS... leamond-allen

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?