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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.

Director:

Tinto Brass (as Antony Luc)

Writers:

Alberto Silvestri (story and screenplay), Gian Carlo Fusco (dialogue) (as Giancarlo Fusco) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Leroy ... Yankee
Adolfo Celi ... Grande Concho
Mirella Martin Mirella Martin ... Rosita
Tomás Torres Tomás Torres ... Luiz
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Consalvo (as Paco Sanz)
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Faccia d'angelo
Víctor Israel ... Sceriffo
Pasquale Basile Pasquale Basile ... Denti d'oro
Jacques Herlin ... Filosofo
Giorgio Bret Schneider Giorgio Bret Schneider ... Pittore
Antonio Basile Antonio Basile ... Tatuato
Renzo Pevarello ... Portoghese
César Ojinaga César Ojinaga ... Vice sceriffo (as Caesar Ojinaga)
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Garcia
Tomas Milton Tomas Milton ... Tom
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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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Western

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El yankee See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color
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Trivia

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 »

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Yankee: One bullet is enough, if you know how to use it.
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YANKEE (Tinto Brass, 1966) ***
3 April 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This was the notorious Brass’ sole legendary stint at a Spaghetti Western (albeit one he subsequently disowned due to unwarranted interference from production executives): while perhaps not among the very best outings in the genre, it’s nonetheless individualistic enough (featuring zooms, odd angles and flashy editing galore) to intimate that the director should have allowed himself to be more versatile throughout his career (rather than pooling his resources mostly on smutty erotica). I say this judging also by his following effort, the pop art semi-giallo DEADLY SWEET (1967) – which I had watched during the Italian B-movie retrospective at the 2004 Venice Film Festival (with Brass himself in attendance!).

As can be deduced from the title, the leading character is an American – albeit played by a Frenchman, Philippe Leroy (who proves a satisfactory figure under the circumstances, bringing out the lone gunman’s charisma, slyness and agility); he’s identified simply by that epithet, which is a clear nod to Clint Eastwood’s iconic “Man With No Name” from Sergio Leone’s seminal “Dollars” trilogy. In fact, just as in A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), the Yankee here forms an uneasy partnership with the villainous boss (flamboyantly played by an Adolfo Celi sporting a highly atypical dyed black hair-do!) and is eventually punished in memorable fashion – tied to a wheel and encircled by fire – when his ruse is discovered; like Eastwood in the earlier film, too, Leroy finds an unlikely yet convenient ally in the meek local mortician (who performs the duties of barber on the side!). Incidentally, the chief baddie himself is flanked by a person who can best be described as his direct opposite – in this case, “philosopher” Jacques Herlin; of course, there’s a woman involved as well – a shapely fortune-teller who’s subsequently abducted by Leroy and ends up killed by her own boss/lover when she tries to stand up for the American!

Though slightly marred by insufficient plotting (the narrative essentially resolves itself into one long battle-of-wills) and long drawn-out footage of horsemen on the move (it seems that Brass found these outdoor transitions the perfect vessel for Nini Rosso’s wonderfully jaunty score), the film certainly delivers in the action stakes – with plenty of gunfights, brawling, a fiery reprisal on the innocent Mexican villagers, and an elaborate climax (capped by the inevitable showdown between hero and villain) involving an ambush by the bandits on a cache' of gold being transported down river by the U.S. Cavalry.


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