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I Protect Myself Against My Enemies (1968)

Dai nemici mi guardo io! (original title)
A few people are on the search of three one Dollar coins with numbers that Show where a treasure is burried.


Mario Amendola (as Irving Jacobs)


Bruno Corbucci (story), Mario Amendola (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Southwood ... Alan Burton
Julián Mateos ... Hondo
Alida Chelli Alida Chelli ... Juana
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... El Condor
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli ... Cincaro
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Mrs. Garland
Maria Mizar Maria Mizar ... Fortune Teller
Piero Morgia Piero Morgia ... Prieto Friend in Posada
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Deputy sheriff (as Ivan G. Scratuglia)
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino
Vasco Santoni Vasco Santoni
Arrigo Peri Arrigo Peri ... Banquero
Raoul Ricceri Raoul Ricceri
Wladimiro Tuicovich Wladimiro Tuicovich ... (as Vladimiro Tuicovic)
Roberto Biciocchi Roberto Biciocchi


A few people are on the search of three one Dollar coins with numbers that Show where a treasure is burried.

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

16 August 1968 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian Western stars an American actor , Charles Southwood and a Spanish , Julián Mateos , being shot in Almeria , as usual
24 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Fun Western about two drifters who team up to steal three golden coins ; both of whom carry out several adventures , saloon brawls , shootouts and resolve conflicts among nasty robbers that want to take a treasure . Entertaining Spaghetti Western dealing with a greedy mouse-and cat game to take valuable coins in which there are inscriptions to locate the hidden treasure . As a few people are on the search of three one Dollar coins with numbers that show where a Confederate treasure is buried . Alan Burton (Charles Southwood) accused for a crime is jailed in prison , there meets a cellmate , the Mexican Hondo (Julian Mateos). The bandits break out and join forces themselves to discover it and they are frequently fist fighting , and disputing against the nasty El Condor (Mirko Ellis) to keep the treasure for themselves . There are three coins , one of them owns the villain El Condor , another stays guarded at a bank safe box and the third was taken by Burton to a Southern Major in Stagecoach (Guillermo Méndez) . Burton and Hondo become good colleagues , but they cannot get along peacefully . Meantime , a beautiful Posada girl called Juana helps both drifters and plays both sides against each other . El Condor and his henchmen attempt to rob a bank , but he and his cohorts foil the planned robbery . Along the way our two not so upright heroes rob the robbers but, needless to say, Burton get distracted by the gorgeous Saloon girl .

Passable Spaghetti Western about a simple and plain plot , as two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure . As duo protagonist take on a sadistic crime boss , and his black-dressed hoodlums , who attempt to find the Army treasure . This movie is a bawdy , plenty of action Western , not the dark and vengeful kind one might expect from a typical Spaghetti , being more a story of ambition than vengeance . The comic relief in charge of Julian Mateos who gives his role a sympathetic and charming tone , as the humor misses in a couple of parts , but works pretty well in general if you recognize this as a light-hearted film . The story is one of those in which everyone double crosses one another in the search for gold , as a great number of betrayals while hunting the fabulous treasure . It is typical , but engaging and fun . There is a twist at the end , but I saw it coming about 10 minutes into the movie .

This is a serviceable Spaghetti which doesn't take itself too seriously . This good natured spaghetti packing some diverting elements , thrills , shoo'em up , go riding throughout the wonderful Almerian landscapes and results to be quite entertaining . The acting seems about average for a Eurowestern . It stars Charles Southwood , an American who emigrated to Italy and developed a brief career , mostly Pasta Western as ¨Sartana , trades your pistol for a coffin¨ , ¨Roy Colt and Winchester Jack¨ , ¨Gringo, pray to die¨, "Heads I Kill You, Tails You're Dead! They Call Me Hallalujah" . Co-stars Julian Mateos , a famed Spanish actor who played some American/Italian/Spaniard Westerns as ¨Return of the Magnificent Seven¨, ¨Catlow¨, ¨Shalako¨, ¨Four rode out¨, ¨Hellbenders¨. And Alida Chelli is beautiful as Juana , and as well as being so nice to look at . Mirko Ellis steals the show by doing the best acting out of the entire cast, as a villainous killer who goes church , prays , confesses and worships Virgen Del Pilar , as well as torturing contenders by means of Chinese tortures . The film is full of gun-play and fistfight among Charles Southwood , Julián Mateos , Mirko Ellis over who will take the treasure . Support cast is decent with familiar faces : Ivano Staccioli , Guillermo Méndez , Lorenzo Robledo .

This is a slightly funny film with entertaining as well as bewildering events , craziness , twists and lots of fun . There are pursuits , stagecoach attacks , crossfire , fights , heinous cutthroats , and many others things . It's a so-so Western All'Italiana including amusing dialogue , eccentric situations , and turns . Filmmaker often uses disconcerting and twisted incidents to give us a passable movie plenty of violent as well as absurd happenings ; and that , at least , kept me entertained for the almost half an hour of duration . Atmospheric cinematography by Aldo Giordani in Technicolor , Techniscope , though a perfect remastering being necessary . The music score by Carlo Rustichelli is great , including a catching song titled : Where is my fortune ? . The orchestra , trumpets, and guitar music set the proper tone for a western. The motion picture was uneven but professionally directed by Mario Amendola , under pseudonym of Irving Jacobs , though it has flaws and gaps . He was born in Liguria and died in Rome, ¨Lazio¨ where he shot some Westerns . Mario was a prolific writer and director, especially known for Par-Impar (1978), The great silence (1968) , A Friend Is a Treasure (1981). Mario wrote/directed all kinds of genres as Comedy : Pascualino Cammarata, Honeymoons Will Kill You , A Friend Is a Treasure, Banana Joe , Aladino , I'm Getting a Yacht , The Nights of Boccaccio ; Action : Squadra Antigangs , Squadra Antitruffa , The Cop in Blue Jeans , Africa Express , and Western as : Winchester Justice, Bandera Bandits , Terror of Oklahoma and this ¨Dai Nemeci Mi Guardo Yo¨ (1968) . Connoisseurs of the spaghetti western should see it at least once . That having been said, this film is still lots of fun to watch, especially if you are a spaghetti western fan.

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