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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

Writers:

Arduino Maiuri (as Dino Maiuri), Massimo De Rita | 3 more credits »
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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 ... 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 ... Xantista
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Captain Jim
Giovanni Petti Giovanni Petti ... Border Officer
Gérard Tichy ... Lieutenant
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone ... (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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Fate brought them together. Greed made them inseparable, and violence made them Companeros! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | West Germany | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tomas Milian improvised the song about Franco Nero's blue eyes for the scene in which he cuts the rope while Nero is standing on a barrel. See more »

Goofs

When El Vasco (Tomas Milian) grabs the glass-covered oil lamp to light up a covered wagon, you can see in the short closeup, that the lamp has no glass around the open fire. See more »

Quotes

Yolof Peterson: If you ever come to Sweden, I'll let you meet my sister.
El Vasco: [singing] Beautiful eyes, just like the sky... just like your sister, huh?
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Connections

Featured in The Spaghetti West (2005) 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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