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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 (screenplay) (as Dino Maiuri), Massimo De Rita (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Yodlaf Peterson
Tomas Milian ... El Vasco
Jack Palance ... John
Fernando Rey ... Prof. Xantos
Iris Berben ... Lola
José Bódalo ... Gen. Mongo (as Francisco Bódalo)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Colonel (as Edoardo Fajardo)
Karin Schubert ... Zaira
Gino Pernice ... Tourneur (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
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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 »

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:

Companeros See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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) 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: Your friend is right, compañero. When you're about to die, don't ask so many questions.
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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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Another fun to watch Spaghetti Western!!!
19 October 2004 | by astrofilms-1See all my reviews

Vamos a Matar Companeros! is an authentic, made in Italy, Spaghetti Western film classic and is a must see movie for anyone who wants to discover the very best of the Spaghetti Western film genre. This Western-Comedy film was directed by Sergio Corbucci, the number #2 Italian director of all time for Spaghetti Westerns, after of course Sergio Leone, for the entire Spaghetti Western genre, which is saying a lot because there were hundreds of films in that genre alone! This film is just plain fun and entertaining to watch! All the actors are charismatic, comical and professional. The all star cast in the film are Jack Palance, Franco Nero and Thomas Milian. The story is basically about the Mexican Revolution of 1910 where a mercenary (Nero) and rebels, lead by rebel leader (Milian), must rescue a idealist professor to lead the revolution who is held hostage in Texas. This film was made during the height of student protests to the Vietnam War in the late 1960's and early 1970's which may explain the political theme. There are many good scenes, too many to list here, but the best scenes and most surreal, in my opinion, are the ones with the pet falcon and the strange one wooden-handed and marijuana smoking villain (Palance).

The cinematography is beautifully filmed by cinematographer Alejandro Ulloa who also filmed other excellent Spaghetti Westerns. The music in the film is by the maestro of Spaghetti Western music and film music in general, Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Companeros includes a theme song and the beautiful classic acoustic and twangy electric guitar riffs invented by Morricone.


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