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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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Taglines:

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) tear open the blouse of Lola (Iris Berben) to reveal her breasts, the tan lines from a Bikini are clearly visible. 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

Referenced in Sholay (1975) 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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9/10
4 March 2004 | by 1966nmSee all my reviews

I believe that every film should be judged according to it's nature. For what this film is, it's almost excellent. I can still remember the first time I saw it as a child in a summer time cinema in my town and not only it left a mark in my subconsciousness about the kind of films I was watching at that time, but the music never left my memory and easily comes back without me ask for it. And I don't mind at all. But enough about me!!! Like so many other Italian western films, it actually is... a political film. Yes! And a very obvious one. The Mexican revolution as pictured here, has little in common with the real stuff. Also the basis of the Mexican food is corn! But that's not important. What matters is the hope that so many Europeans had in that time for some kind of revolution here also. So, Mexico is just an excuse.

The movie plays with the sentiments of the viewer, who slowly finds that he wants to be a part of it, even if he is a money loving European like Yolaf Peterson. In the (incredible) end, when everything about this wonderful, crazy song you hear all the time makes sense, you are so captivated that you would never forgive Yolaf for making any other choice than the one that you also would have made given the chance. When can I see this film again?


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