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Vamos a Matar, Companeros

Companeros
Lasst uns töten, Companeros / Zwei Companeros

Italy/Spain/West Germany 1970
produced by
Antonio Morelli for Atlántida Films, Tritone Cinematografica, Terra Filmkunst
directed by Sergio Corbucci
starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey, Jack Palance, Iris Berben, José Bódalo, Eduardo Fajardo, Karin Schubert, Gino Pernice, Álvaro de Luna, Jesús Fernández, Claudio Scarchilli, Lorenzo Robledo, Giovanni Petrucci, Gérard Tichy, Gianni Pulone, Simón Arriaga, Tito García, Víctor Israel, Vicente Roca
story by Sergio Corbucci, screenplay by Sergio Corbucci, Massimo De Rita, Fritz Ebert, Arduino Maiuri, music by Ennio Morricone, conducted by Bruno Nicolai

review by
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When arms dealer Peterson (Franco Nero), called the Swede, comes to revolution-torn Mexico to make a deal with General Mongo (José Bódalo) - who like him is really only after the money in the vault of the bank of San Bernadino -, he almost immediately is at odds with the General's Commandante El Vasco (Tomas Milian) - which eventually ends with him buried in theground to the neck and being stomped to death by the 'Commandante's horses ... but ultimately the two of them not only have to realize they are fighting on the same side (more or less), they are also teamed up to go to Yuma, USA to free Professor Xantos (Fernando Rey), who is actually Mongo's opponent and who preaches non-violence - but he is also the only one who knows the combination to the San Bernadino vault.

Now freeing the Professor as such isn't much of a problem, the Swede and El Vasco just set Fort Yuma on fire to do so, but getting him back to Mexico is, since John (Jack Palance), the Swede's former business partner turned enemy, is after the Swede for some sadistic personal vendetta, and he doesn't mind if a few others are killed along the way as well (actually he prefers it), American soldiers are looking for the Swede, American and Mexican soldiers are looking for the Professor, and the Professor's revolutionaries led by Lola (Iris Berben) are looking for him too, and they are not too happy that he is in the clutches of General Mongo's men.

Somehow however, El Vasco and the Swede make it back to Mexico, and they can persuade the Professor's men not to kill them and actually join forces ... when Mongo sets up a trap for the Professor, who is only just saved by El Vasco and the Swede, while Mongo is gunned down by the Professor's men who don't take his pledge to non-violence too seriously.

Somehow, the Swede persuades the Professor to tell him the combination to the vault, but he finds it empty but for a few corncobs sympolizing the wealth of Mexico. To not leave San Bernadino empty-handed, the Swede then steals a statue of San Bernadino - much to the dismay of El Vasco, who even threatens to kill him for that ... but then the two have to gang up once more to fight off John and his henchmen, a showdown that is ultimately only resolved when the Professor dies a hero's death and John is blown up with the Swede's wagonload of weapons ...

The Swede, an armsdealer out of money and goods, decides to stay with El Vasco and the ÖProfessor's revolutionaries, to wait for his next big chance ...

 

A light-hearted, light-footed, good-natured and pretty violent epic about the Mexican revolution. Sure, it's not quite as good as Sergio Leone's Duck You Sucker, which didn't come out until one year later but which would quickly become the film allother epics about the Mexican revolution would be judged by, but then again, Companeros is an extremely well-crafted and very entertaining film, carried by plenty of exciting action as well as great performances by Franco Nero, Tomas Milian and especially Jack Palance as the mad-as-a-hatter sadistic gunman, a persormance that has to be seen to be believed.

Definitely recommended !

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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