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Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)

Los amigos (original title)
PG | | Western | 29 March 1973 (Italy)
In 1836, an agent of the now independent Republic of Texas who can't hear or speak, and his hearing companion, infiltrate a rebel pocket who oppose to the integration of Texas to the United States. Can they save the Republic?

Director:

Paolo Cavara

Writers:

Oscar Saul (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Johnny Ears
Anthony Quinn ... Erastus 'Deaf' Smith
Pamela Tiffin ... Susie the hooker
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Hester McDonald Morton
Adolfo Lastretti ... Williams
Franco Graziosi Franco Graziosi ... Gen. Lucius Morton
Antonino Faà di Bruno Antonino Faà di Bruno ... The Senator
Renato Romano ... J.M. Hoffman
Francesca Benedetti Francesca Benedetti ... Mrs. Porter the Madame
Conchita Airoldi ... Rosita McDonald (as Cristina Airoldi)
Romano Puppo ... Bull, Morton's Goon
Franca Sciutto Franca Sciutto ... Bess
Enrico Casadei Enrico Casadei ... Barrett
Lorenzo Fineschi Lorenzo Fineschi ... James
Mario Carra Mario Carra ... Corey
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Storyline

In 1836, right after the now independent Republic of Texas separated from Mexico, the Governor, Sam Houston, sends his trusted agent who can't hear or speak, Erastus "Deaf" Smith, to infiltrate General Morton's rebel pocket who oppose to the integration of Texas to the United States. Accompanied by Johnny Ears, the travelling companion and his ears, Smith soon discovers the conspiracy; however, having already intercepted the government's communications, Morton's forces keep their eyes peeled for deaf-mute strangers. Can Smith and Johnny save the Republic? Written by Nick Riganas

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1800s | west | texan | republic | free | See All (107) »

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He lives to kill. And he's gonna live it up tonight. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 March 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Sinatra originally bought the rights as a vehicle for himself in 1969. See more »

Goofs

The ONLY revolver available in the 1830's was the Colt Paterson. "Deaf" Smith's revolver shows details 15+ years newer. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Ears: I can't understand why the you want to die. Maybe I'm nobody, but I like being alive.
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Crazy Credits

At opening:

The war with Mexico over, the new Republic of Texas is born. President Houston is actively working to have the new Republic join the United States of America. But Rebel forces, aided by foreign powers, are plotting against him. Houston, busy reorganizing the exhausted forces of Texas, sends his faithful scout Erastus Deaf Smith, and his companion, Johnny Ears to put down the plotters. See more »

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Referenced in Red Dead Revolver (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Even If You're Not the First One
Performed by Ann Collin
Written by Collin and Patucchi
Recorded by CAM
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Passable Spaghetti Western with great duo protagonist , Anthony Quinn/Franco Nero and shot in Almeria , Spain , as usual
27 September 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The war with Mexico over , the new republic of Texas is born . Set in 1836's Texas just after the Republic won its independence from Mexico. President Houston is actively working to have the new republic join the United States of America . But rebel forces , aided by a foreign power , are plotting against him . Houston , busy reorganizing the exhausted forces of Texas sends his faithful scout Erastus . As President Sam Houston instructs one of his agents to put down the plotters , the tough deaf-mute Erastus Smith (Anthony Quinn and based on real-life character) to carry out a dangerous mission . Deaf Smith is the man who hears with his eyes and speaks with his gun . Accompanying him is his best friend the sex-obsessed Johnny Ears, (Franco Nero) who falls for a beautiful prostitute (Pamela Tiffin) , Susie the ¨hooker¨ . But the rebels and the general Martin (Franco Graziosi) have intercepted a message that a deaf-mute spy is in their midst . At the beginning ,there takes a place a massacre executed by rebel henchmen (Romano Puppo , Luciano Martino) against McDonald family and things go wrong .

Pasta Western picture is set post American-Mexican war but ignores the wealth of the authentic history and becomes yet another action/adventure/humor Western and this decent production delivers what it should . However , it relies heavily on the peculiar relationship between Deaf Smith/Anthony Quinn and Johnny Ears/Franco Nero . Here there are some historical remarks about Texas , as the Republic's future is in doubt, with various factions and foreign powers hoping to sway matters to their own advantage . And based on facts , as Deaf Smith was a soldier in Houston's army distinguished for destroying a bridge and there's actually a Deaf Smith County in Texas . Although it has some anachronisms as an out of time machine gun and hokey historical events . It is a decent Western with comedy , tongue-in-cheek , action and plenty of shoot'em up , gun-play , explosion , and some moments results to be quite entertaining . Including a spectacular ending when our protagonists using a machine gun and a lot of dynamite execute a slaughter in which they take down themselves the enemy army . Anthony Quinn gives over-acting as the deaf-mute Erastus "Deaf" Smith , to infiltrate and put down one of the growing rebel factions and sympathetic acting by Franco Nero as his companion Johnny Ears who must not only do Smith's hearing for him, but must also conceal Smith's handicap . Acceptable support cast full of ordinary Spaghetti secondaries as Luciano Rossi , Goffredo Unger , Tom Felleghi , Renato Romano and Romano Puppo .

It packs an anti-climatic musical score by Daniel Pattucci and attractive ¨ballad of Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears¨ sung by Ann Collin . And an atmospheric cinematography in Eastmancolor by Tonino Delli Colli , though a perfect remastering is necessary , being shot on location in Gelato falls , El Lacio , Rome and Almeria , Spain , as usual . The motion picture was regularly directed by Paolo Cavara , a craftsman who made all kinds of genres . As Paolo directed Giallo as ¨Black belly Tarantula¨ , ¨E Tanta Prava¨, Drama/war : ¨La Cattura¨, ¨comedy : "Virility" , ¨Il Lucamone¨, ¨La Lacandiera¨ and especially shock-documentary as ¨L'Occhio Salvaggio¨, ¨Mondo cane¨ , ¨La Donna Nel Mondo¨, ¨Witchdoctor in Tails¨, and ¨I Malamondo¨ .


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