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Shoot First... Ask Questions Later (1975)

Il bianco il giallo il nero (original title)
In the 19th century, when the Japanese Emperor sends a gift pony to the US President it gets stolen and ransomed by Indians but Sheriff Gideon aided by an inept Japanese servant offers to deliver the ransom.


Sergio Corbucci


Antonio Troiso (story), Marcello Coscia (story) | 6 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Blanc de Blanc / Stetson
Tomas Milian ... Sakura
Eli Wallach ... Sheriff Edward 'Black Jack' Gideon
Manuel de Blas ... Major Donovan
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Kelly Butler
Romano Puppo ... Kady
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Sgt. Donovan (as Nazareno Zamperla)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Captain
Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Yamoto (as Ideo Saito)
Frank Nuyen Frank Nuyen ... Japanese Consul
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Colonel
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Shannon (as Giovanni Petti)
Tito García ... Watson Brother
Franco Tocci ... Soldier Guard on Train
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... Robinson Watson 'Grasso' (as Chris Huerta)


In the 19th century, a Japanese delegation arrives in the USA to present the American president with a gift pony from the Japanese Emperor.The Japanese consider the pony to be divine and it is guarded by Japanese Samurai.A tribe of renegade Indians attack the train and steal the pony with the intention of ransoming it.In order to retrieve the pony, the Japanese delegation offers one million dollars in ransom money, to be delivered to the Indians by the local Sheriff Gideon assisted by the inept Japanese servant Sakura, who believes he is a true Samurai.On the way, the duo runs into the drifter Blanc De Blanc, who is Swiss and has plans of his own concerning the ransom money. Written by nufs68

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The Samurai sword and the gun join forces with unbelievable results!! See more »


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In the opening scene of film, Sheriff Edward Gideon (Eli Wallach) has an argument with her wife (María Isbert) and all the dialogue are phrases that include many western movies titles. See more »


Cleme: [Opening lines from Italian version] For a fistful of dollars. For a miserable fistful of dollars that are not even already your share! At least I did that for a few dollars more... but "vamos a matar", compañeros! Always around in the good, the bad and the ugly times! Head down, dear; you're at the day of reckoning, now!
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References Django (1966) See more »


White Yellow And Black
Written by Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis and Susan Duncan Smith
Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis (as Dilly Dilly)
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Not Corbucci's best, but definitely one of his weirdest.
8 August 2002 | by misanthropist76See all my reviews

Don't go into this film expecting a typical Corbucci high body count shoot 'em up. This time around the famous `other Sergio' takes a stab at the comedy/spaghetti sub-genre which was ever so popular in the waning days of the Euro Western. `Bianco, il giallo, il nero, Il' is more or less a bizarro take on the East meets wild West classic `Red Sun'. Eli Wallach plays `Black Jack Gideon', a straight and narrow lawman who reluctantly gets mixed up in a quest to recover a prize Japanese show pony that's being held for ransom by a renegade band of army deserters with a penchant for dressing up like Indians. Accompanying him on his journey are the notorious bandit and womanizer `Swiss', played by Giuliano Gemma and `Sakura' the dung handler turned Samurai played by Tomas Milian. Many unintentional laughs and moments of genuine surreal weirdness set to the equally strange Guido & Maurizio De Angelis score almost guarantee this film to delight fans of the genre and confuse and frighten the average viewer.

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Release Date:

17 January 1975 (Italy) See more »

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Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »


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$200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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