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Specialists (1969)

Gli specialisti (original title)
A chain mail-clad gunfighter contends with a pacifist sheriff, a seductive banker, a one-armed Mexican bandit, corrupt businessmen and hippies while trying to learn the secret of the money allegedly stolen by his lynched brother.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Sergio Corbucci (story and screenplay), Sabatino Ciuffini (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Hallyday ... Hud Dixon (as Johnny Halliday)
Gastone Moschin ... Sheriff Gedeon
Françoise Fabian ... Virginia Pollicut
Sylvie Fennec Sylvie Fennec ... Sheba
Angela Luce ... Valencia
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Boot
Gino Pernice ... Cabot
Mario Castellani Mario Castellani ... Judge Ham
Remo De Angelis Remo De Angelis ... Romero
Stefano Cattarossi Stefano Cattarossi ... Kit
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Lord
Lucio Rosato Lucio Rosato ... Deputy Sheriff
Andrés José Cruz Soublette ... Rosencrantz (as Andres José Cruz)
Riccardo Domenici Riccardo Domenici ... Mac Lane (as Riccardo Domienici)
Gabriella Tavernese Gabriella Tavernese ... Apache
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A chain mail-clad gunfighter contends with a pacifist sheriff, a seductive banker, a one-armed Mexican bandit, corrupt businessmen and hippies while trying to learn the secret of the money allegedly stolen by his lynched brother.

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

26 November 1969 (Italy) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A thoroughbred Eurowestern as only Corbucci can do it
14 July 2009 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

You gotta love the spaghetti western universe. The vision of a west where good guys get shot point blank with no warning, cartoonish villains chew the scenery in extreme close-ups, and the anti-hero walks away from the girl in the end. A lot of people call Corbucci's films 'depressing'. I find that a bit dodgy as far as descriptions go. I think bleak and unforgiving are more apt mostly because 'depressing' suggests a level of sentimentality almost every Eurowestern director ignored in favour of painting characters in broad strokes.

GLI SPECIALISTI must be seen in all its widescreen glory before it can take its proper place in the Sergio Corbucci canon. It's a beautiful movie. And it makes sense that Corbucci wanted to blow off some steam with COMPANEROS after the unremitting one two punch of THE GREAT SILENCE and this (although he would later revert back to his usual tricks with the foulmouthed SONNY AND JED). There's still a certain amount of caricature that detracts from the overall grimness of the movie, imo it hurts more than does any good to have a needless inclusion of three kids dressed like hippies skulking around town in search of gold and trouble. And it hurts to have Mario Adorf playing Mexican one-handed bandit El Diablo as over the top as he always plays his characters.

Those minor gripes aside there's more than enough here to wet the palate of the spaghetti aficionado. Shootouts galore, the population of an entire town reduced to crawling naked in the dirt, the typical iconic badassitude of the laconic antihero (played by Johnny Halliday), the moral bankruptcy of almost every character in the movie. Corbucci might never receive the acclaim of the more famous Sergio or the American patriarchs of the genre but you and I know that's a gross injustice for a very talented director. His dynamic shot selection, in depth staging with objects sticking close to the camera and receding in the background, his flair for quick pacing and feverish energy in moving a story that wasn't always all that along, the way he photographs open spaces, everything in his work makes me sure that if Corbucci was American and had emerged 15 years later along with Mann and Hawks, the Cahiers du Cinema critics would have lauded him as an auteur worthy of serious critical consideration.


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