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Companeros (1970)

Vamos a matar, compañeros (original title)
A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Yodlaf Peterson
Tomas Milian ... El Vasco
Fernando Rey ... Professor Vitaliano Xantos
Iris Berben ... Lola
José Bódalo ... General Mongo Álvarez (as Francisco Bódalo)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Mexican Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
Karin Schubert ... Zaira Harris
Gino Pernice ... Casino Croupier (as Luigi Pernice)
Álvaro de Luna ... John's Henchman
Jesús Fernández Jesús Fernández ... Teenage Xantista
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli ... Mexican Officer
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Captain Jim
Giovanni Petti Giovanni Petti ... Mexican Border Officer
Gérard Tichy ... Mexican Lieutenant
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone ... John's Henchman (as Giovanni Pulone)
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Storyline

Arms dealer Yolaf Peterson aims to make a sale to guerilla Mongo, but the money is locked in a bank safe, the combination known only to Professor Xantos, a prisoner of the Americans. Yolaf agrees to free Xantos, accompanied by reluctant guerilla Basco, but a former business partner of Yolaf's- John 'The Wooden Hand', has other ideas. Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

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Death was their trademark, money their code of honor, and they're destined to kill each other. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

At one point, Tomas Milian is seen dragging a coffin out of a graveyard. This is a reference to Sergio Corbucci and Franco Nero's previous collaboration Django (1966) in which the title character drags a coffin behind him. See more »

Goofs

When El Vasco (Tomas Milian) tear open the blouse of Lola (Iris Berben) to reveal her breasts, the tan lines from a Bikini are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
El Vasco: [squaring off by a train station, with a statuary of San Bernardino] Penguin... I'm sorry, but you cannot take our Protector away.
Yodlaf Peterson: It's the only thing of any value. I never leave empty-handed.
El Vasco: Then I'm afraid you would not be leaving at all.
Yodlaf Peterson: [narrating] Hm, poor Vasco. He already had a hole in his head where his brain should have been. At least nothing seemed to have grown in that cavity since this whole thing began.
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Connections

Remake of The Mercenary (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Vamos A Matar Compañeros (Titoli)
Music composed by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Sergio Corbucci & Bruno Corbucci
Performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni
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Funny Spaghetti-Western
27 July 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In times of revolution in Mexico, the ignorant Vasco (Tomas Milian) is promoted by the corrupt General Mongo (Francisco Bódalo) to lead his men in the invasion to San Bernardino. Meanwhile the arms trader Yolaf "Swedish" Peterson (Franco Nero) arrives in the village to deal with Mongo; however the money to buy the weapons is locked in a bank safe. The only man that knows the combination to open the safe that was not murdered by Mongo's men is the pacifist Professor Xantos (Fernando Rey) that is prisoner in Fort Yuma in the United States. Swedish offers to release Xantos but the suspicious Mongo asks Vasco to go with Yolaf. The twosome is chased by the followers of Xantos led by the beautiful Lola (Iris Berben) that want to convince the duo to join the revolution; and by the mercenary John (Jack Palance) that lost one of his hands in a betrayal of Yolaf to save his life and uses his smart hawk Marsha to get Xantos to deal with Mongo.

"Vamos a Matar, Compañeros" is a funny spaghetti-western of Sergio Corbutti that has a story very similar to Sergio Leone's "Duck, You Sucker" of 1971 and plays with "Blood for a Silver Dollar". Franco Nero, Tomas Milian and Jack Palance are hilarious, and I laughed a lot with the scene when Marsha becomes a toasted barbecue. The music of Ennio Morricone is excellent, as usual. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Compañeros"


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

April 1972 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,000
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Runtime:

| (Québec French Version) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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