COMPANEROS (vamos a matar, companeros!; zwei companeros) (1970 ITALY SPAIN W. GERMANY) D/W: SERGIO CORBUCCI W: DINO MAIURI/MASSIMO DE RITA/FRITZ EBERT EXEC P: ANTONIO MORELLI
A better re-tread of Corbucci`s THE MERCENARY. Franco Nero is The Swede, who wanders into San Bernardino during the Mexican Revolution. A corrupt bandit leader (Jose Bodalo) wants him to cross the border into the U.S. and break Professor Xantos (Fernando Rey) free from cavalry Fort Yuma (with the help of bordello madame Karin Schubert), because he has the combination to a safe full of treasures. Vasco (co-star Tomas Milian in bandit mode) tails along with him. On their trail is Jack Palance as a ruthless merc with a metal hand and a pet falcon called Marsha (not to mention a weird accent i think is supposed to be Irish). Rey turns out to be a smart, pacifist humanitarian and scholar with true revolutionary student followers (including a very cute short-haired Iris Berben, from Germany), and soon Milian has to re-think his loyalties. It may seem a little slow at times, but the overall effect is culminative, and this is a fine, rousing western. Ennio Morricone`s soundtrack includes the brilliant title theme, among the genre`s finest signature tunes. Alejandro Ulloa was the Cinematographer. With Eduardo Fajardo, Alavaro de Luna, Lorenzo Robledo, Giovanni Petrucci, Gerard Tichy, Gianni Pulone, Jose Canalejas, Vic Israel and Tito Garcia. The uncut (English dubbed) Anchor Bay DVD has some scenes in Italian with no subtitles, but it won`t affect your viewing pleasure.

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