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Yankee (1966)

A man referred to only as "Yankee" rides into a dying, desolate town in frontier New Mexico which is completely controlled by a man called the "Grand Cougar." Almost immediately, a battle for dominance ensues.


Tinto Brass


Alberto Silvestri (story), Tinto Brass (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Leroy ... Yankee
Adolfo Celi ... Grande Concho
Jacques Herlin ... Filosofo
Tomás Torres Tomás Torres ... Luiz
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Consalvo (as Paco Sanz)
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Faccia d'angelo
Pasquale Basile Pasquale Basile ... Denti d'oro
Giorgio Bret Schneider Giorgio Bret Schneider ... Pittore
Renzo Pevarello ... Portoghese
Antonio Basile Antonio Basile ... Tatuato
Tomas Milton Tomas Milton ... Tom
César Ojinaga César Ojinaga ... Vice sceriffo (as Caesar Ojinaga)
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Garcia
Henriquetta Senalada Henriquetta Senalada ... (as Henriquetta Señalada)
Osiride Pevarello Osiride Pevarello
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A man referred to only as "Yankee" rides into a dying, desolate town in frontier New Mexico which is completely controlled by a man called the "Grand Cougar." Almost immediately, a battle for dominance ensues.

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In addition to wanting to make a comic-book style movie, Tinto Brass endeavored also to take film grammar one step further by the use of visual synecdoche, inspired by Chinese and Japanese pictographic writing, in which a part is used to represent the whole. So instead of showing a gunman, he would show the tip of the gun barrel; instead of showing a horse approaching, he would show the horse's ear; and so forth. These kinds of shots were largely removed from the final film, since the producer, horrified by the dailies, fired Brass just as he was completing the editing, and even got into a fistfight with him over it. See more »


Grande Concho: Easy, boys. I'm not finished with him yet.
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Acceptable Spaghetti/Paella Western coproduced by Italy/Spain surprisingly well directed by Tinto Brass
20 July 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A violent Pasta/Tortilla Western that follows the wake of "Fistful of dollars" considered to be the epitome of the Spaghetti . A so-so Ravioli, Chorizo Western with breathtaking confrontation between the tough starring Philippe Leroy and his enemies : Adolfo Celi and his hoodlums . It stars a Man without name , only nicknamed The Yankee : Philippe Leroy who arrives in a little and desolated town located in frontier New Mexico , being dominated by a nasty gunfighter called Grand Cougar : Adolfo Celi and his henchmen : The Mexican Tomas Torres , the philosopher Jacques Herlin , the good looking young : Franco de Rosa , and other cohorts .

El Yankee packs thrills , shootouts , fights , violence , double-crosses and high body-count .The picture contains typical Spaghetti particularities , as it is filled with sadism , fury , bloodbaths , portentous close-ups of encrusted faces and attractive musical score in Ennio Morricone style .This is a Spanish/Italian co-production , a two country production clearly dominated by the Italian contingent and the traditional leanings of the Spaniard producers of the time that provided their particular stamp on the entire proceedings , especially by producer/writer Alfonso Balcazar who produced and directed lots of Paella/Spaghetti Westernsc. What is most provoking about the Euro-Westerns made in Spain and Italy in the 60s and 70s are the groundbreaking and idiosyncratic ways that the filmmakers came up with limited recourses and short budgets . They delivered a great deal of freedom and gave enough successes for a wide export audience .Unfortunately , most of the 400 to 500 movies made during this cycle were poorly realized. The movie is finely played by two great Italian actors , both of them regular in serious cinema or comedies , though here miscast as Western antiheroes . Furthermore , there appears ordinary secondary players of Spaghetti/Paella western ; as Spaniard actors , such as : Francisco Sanz playing as a barber/undertaker , Victor Israel as a deputy , Cesar Ojinaga as a sheriff ; as well as Italian support cast such as : Pasquale Basile , Franco de Rosa and Jacques Herlin . It displays an atmospheric cinematography and adequate production design by Juan Alberto Soler , shot in Fraga , Huesca , and Balcazar studios , Splugues de Llobregat , Barcelona , Spain , though including an inadequate Romanesque church .

The motion picture was decently directed by Tinto Brass and when he was brought on as filmmaker , he rewrote the script to make it at his peculiar style . However , it was heavily cut by the producers . As Tinto sued the studio and won the right to delete his directorial credit from the film. Brass film debut was In capo al mondo 1963 , afterwards , he went on making such avant garde films as Nersubianco 1969 and L'urlo 1966 . Subsequently , he made a notorious Naziexploitation , Salon Kitty 1976 , his success lead to direct the known adaptation Gore Vidal's Caligula , that Tinto disowned when he watched the botching edition carried out by Bob Guccione , inserting erotic and porno takes . It became an international hit and then Brass was hired to shoot the Euro-spy : Snack Bar Budapest 1988 and following a string of pictures focus on erotic , such as : The secret key , Monella , Cosi fan tute , Paprika , Fallo , The voyeur and many others . And launching careers of erotic girls , as he often cast women with large buttocks , such as Stefania Sandrelli, Serena Grandi , Claudia Koll and Deborah Caproglio. The Yankee was his only Western , though heavily edited results to be a decent Spaghetti .

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Release Date:

25 August 1966 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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1.85 : 1
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