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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.


Sergio Corbucci




Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Yodlaf 'The Swede' Peterson
Tomas Milian ... El Vasco
Fernando Rey ... Prof. Vitaliano Xantos
Iris Berben ... Lola
José Bódalo ... Gen. 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)


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 »


Action | Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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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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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Great, wonderful "spaghetti-western"
15 June 2000 | by f.gimenezSee all my reviews

Yes, it is. "Vamos a matar, compañeros!" is to me one of the best "spaghetti-westerns" ever made. Starred by the best actors that a movie of this genre may have: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Jack Palance, Fernando Rey. Music by the master Morricone, one of his best compositions. And to boots, directed by the one and only Sergio Corbucci. This team just couldn´t make a bad movie... It´s most enjoyable from its beginning to the end. By the way, the last scene of the movie is what makes it even finer. Obviously I won´t tell you the end...because if you have the chance you must watch this movie.

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