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Okay, for a start, I have to just say that Franco Nero and Tomas Milian are both just a fucking DELIGHT in this film, which is peppered throughout with some impressive gunplay and humor. Jack Palance plays a vicious villain and I just dug this one from start to finish.
Well worth a rental if you get the chance.
Corbucci spesso viene paragonato vicino a Sergio leone, mi spiace per Corbucci ma Leone è un vero genio, lui sicuramente sa fare il suo lavoro ma la carica che riesce a mettere nelle scene Leone è qualcosa di incredibile.
Non ho visto molti film di questo regista, ma sicuramente tra quelli che ho visto questo è quello più riuscito.
Why does the Swedish guy talk with a Mexican accent?
An unbelievable soundtrack from Morricone. One of the most memorable screen villians in Jack Palance's 'John' and a bloody finale with Franco Nero and a Multiple barreled machine gun. Spaghetti Western gold.
Only for the few, not for the mass, not for the irrelevant. For those who know and probe into the past!!
â~Companerosâ(TM) is a far more polished and glossily produced spaghetti western then â~Djangoâ(TM) or â~The Great Silenceâ(TM), director Sergio Corbucciâ(TM)s other well known films. Thereâ(TM)s an actual Hollywood movie star, in the person of Jack Palance, playing a marijuana smoking bad guy whoâ(TM)s into falconry and torture, along with some much nicer sets and big explosions. Even the gatling gun that recalls Djangoâ(TM)s weapon of choice looks like a much more realistic prop gun. But all these improvements in production values seem to come at a cost in terms of Corbucciâ(TM)s artistry and personal vision. I donâ(TM)t want to say heâ(TM)s sold out exactly. This film has some of the same cynicism of Corbucciâ(TM)s earlier masterpieces but I donâ(TM)t think the earlier Corbucci would have blown up a character like the diabolical one played by Palance, sending his screw-on hand flying through the air. And the revolutionaries who articulate a humane vision for the future of Mexico make surprising progress in this film. But it does have many excellently staged shootouts, torture scenes and a brilliantly realized cynical take on humanity which is only to be expected in a Sergio Corbucci film. Less full of gritty low-budget delights than his earlier films, this is nonetheless a very good spaghetti western.
This is my personal favorite (non-Leone) Spaghetti Western. The movie never takes itself seriously but never crosses the "too corny" line. The film is a more humurous Western than most but does not downplay it's serious message on the nature of the Mexican revolution. Nero and Milian play great off each other and Jack Palance is perfectly hammy. The morricone score, while not being his best, is perfect for the film and the main theme is definitely one of his most memorable (once you've actually heard it). western fans looking to find a new gem would do well to check this one out.
COMPANEROS has that totally crazy over-the-top attitude that the best mid-period spaghetti westerns have, you could put this one right up there next to Sergio Leone's delightfully bonkers DUCK, YOU SUCKER! Directed by Sergio Corbucci hot off of his masterful THE GREAT SILENCE, COMPANEROS is not the somber tale its predecessor was.
Set during the upheaval of the Mexican Revolution, the film is about a Swedish arms dealer named Yolaf (genre icon Franco Nero) who is about make a big sale to a rebel general named Mongo (not the one from the planet Zambodia I'm afraid). Unfortunately Mongo's funds are locked in a safe, and the man with the combination, a peacenik intellectual leader named Xantos, is being held hostage by the Americans. Yolaf teams up with one of Mongo's underlings, a fiery soldier named Basco (the incredible Tomas Milian), and the two set out to kidnap Xantos, leading to a series of shenanigans that make this the closest thing the genre has to a buddy cop movie.
Unfortunately for them, they are being hunted by Yolaf's old jilted business partner, John, who is one of the most bizarre villains in the movie history. John is a dapper American who is always seen with a doobie in one hand, and his flesh-eating pet hawk on the other, which is made of wood. Why is his hand made of wood? Because Cubans crucified him after a bad arms deal, and his pet hawk saved him...after it chewed his hand off. Oh, and he's played by insane actor Jack Palance, I imagine the only direction he received from Corbucci was "be yourself."
COMPANEROS is an underrated gem of the spagetti western genre, full of colorful characters, lived-in locations and scenery, and wacky, drawn-out action sequences. The final shoot-out is like the finale of THE WILD BUNCH, minus the whole "everyone dies" thing, this ain't a dark movie, it's just crazy fun.