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The killing of a political leader shatters the peace of a small Mexican town. MANCO, the brother of the murdered presidential candidate knows the killer and sets out to exact his revenge. ... See full summary »

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Amigo
Alejandra Prado ...
Harumi
Miguel Gurza ...
Colonel Manco
Óscar Castañeda ...
Camaro
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Sancho
Raul Falomir ...
Old Man
Desiree Rios ...
Blondie
Claudine Sosa ...
Morena
Librado Jiménez ...
Baldy
José Salinas ...
Barkeep 1 (as José A. Salinas)
Luis Chapital ...
Barkeep 2
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Candidate (as Humberto Bustos)
Kokis ...
Drunk
A. Romel Rodríguez ...
1st Agent
Jamie Rodríguez ...
Bar Guy
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The killing of a political leader shatters the peace of a small Mexican town. MANCO, the brother of the murdered presidential candidate knows the killer and sets out to exact his revenge. Arriving to investigate the assassination is special agent AMIGO from the Mexican Intelligence. Amigo quickly strikes up a friendship with a local hotel owner who fills him in on the town's seedy characters and gives Amigo a Single Action revolver. The stage is set for Amigo and Manco to join forces and take down the powerful and dangerous CAMARO family responsible for the murder and the corruption of the town. To gain the confidence of Camaro, Amigo breaks his top henchman out of jail. Amigo is welcomed into the Camaro gang. Camaro soon discovers Amigo's connection with Manco and plots to take him out. The situation reaches a boiling point on the US/Mexican border when Amigo, Manco, and Camaro meet for an old-fashioned Western shootout where truth and justice prevail in one single action. Written by Anonymous

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24 October 1998 (Mexico)  »

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One of the funniest things I've ever seen!
14 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe this movie was ever made! It steals *entire pages* of dialogue and action from "A Fistful of Dollars", "A Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". It's supposed to take place in the present but it's still a Western and the "Hero" carries a single action revolver from the 19th century as his weapon, along with his palmtop computer.

I don't know what they were thinking. I don't know if this was meant to make people laugh or not. There are one or two original ideas (such as using the fat man as a shield) which I guess might have come from Gallardo's association with Robert Rodriguez. But the rest is just a way of ripping off Leone. Director/Star Gallardo's "Amigo" (that's his name) apes Clint Eastwood but is nowhere even close as much fun or authentic. He's not a bad actor in other things, but unfortunately he has not paid attention to Eastwood's comment of "A man's gotta know his limitations". ;-) And for one thing, Ennio Morricone is sorely missed! I didn't think Gallardo was as bad as the villain, though. The villain was a ham and he was terrible! His pale imitation of Gian Maria Volonte was embarassing to watch and a lesson that one should never just copy something. The other problem was the video editing. It was shot on film but edited on video like a cheap mexican soap opera. It's full of terrible transitions which have a totally different look from the finished product.

Amazing that this even got made. I strongly suggest anyone who has seen the who Leone trilogy lately should watch this with friends to laugh at it. As a comedy for those in the know I would give it a 7, as a serious self contained movie, I'd have to give it a negative 1000000 in originality.


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