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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.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

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

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 Nazzareno Zamperla ... Sgt. Donovan (as Nazareno Zamperla)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti
Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Yamoto (as Ideo Saito)
Frank Nuyen Frank Nuyen ... Japanese Consul
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Colonel
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... (as Giovanni Petti)
Tito García ... Watson Brother
Franco Tocci ... Soldier Guard on Train
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... Robinson Watson 'Grasso' (as Chris Huerta)
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 January 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring Around the Horse's Tail See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,005,885, 31 December 1975
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Bump (Uba-Lega-Uga-La)
(uncredited)
Written by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis (as Dilly Dilly)
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My copy was just about unwatchable.
13 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many of the problems I had with "Shoot First...Ask Questions Later" (a.k.a. "Samurai") had nothing to do with the original production. The DVD I got from Netflix was among the very worst discs I have ever seen--and that's saying a lot since I have rented thousands of their films. In fact, it might just be THE worst. It appears as if someone took an old videotape and literally filmed it with a home videocamera! The picture was super-blurry and crooked throughout. Ugly is perhaps the kindest thing I can say about the DVD!

As far as the film goes, it's not a good film either. It's all about some 'Japanese' folks in the West. Some might just have been Japanese but the main one was played by the Cuban-American Toma Milian and it's undoubtedly one of the most embarrassing roles he ever took. Seeing the guy in a goofy wig, mustache and kimono looked utterly stupid. Unfortunately, the film itself never rose much above this. Probably not worth your time unless you insist on seeing EVERYTHING made by Sergio Carbucci AND you can find a better DVD copy.


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