Friday, November 27, 2009


Quién sabe? – Italian title
Dios perdona…¡yono! – Argentinean title
Gringo – Brazilian title
Uma Bala Para o General – Brazilian title
Naurava paholainen – Finnish title
El Chuncho – French title
Töte Amigo– German title
Gringo – Polish title
Kula dla generala – Polish title
O Mercenário - Portuguese title
Yo soy la revolución – Spanish title
El Chuncho quien sabe? – Spanish title
För några smutsiga dollar – Swedish title
Zlatni metak – Yugoslavian title
Gringo Desperados – English title
Who Knows? – English title
Viva Bandito – English title
A Bullet for the General – USA title

A 1966 Italian production [M.C.M. (Rome)]
Producer: Bianco Manini
Director: Damiano Damiani
Story: Salvatore Laurani
Screenplay: Salvatore Laurani, Franco Solinas, Damiano Damiani
Cinematography: Tony Secchi (Antonio Secchi) [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Luis Bacalov
Song: “Ya me voy” sung by Ramon Mereles
Running time: 135 minutes

“El Chuncho” Munoz - Gian Maria Volontè
Bill Tate/Il Gringo/El Nino - Lou Castel (Ulv Quarzell)
El Santo - Klaus Kinski (Nikolaus Nakaszynski)
Adelita - Martine Beswick
General Elias - Jaime Fernández
Don Felipe/Feliciano - Andrea Checchi
Cirillo - Spartaco Conversi
Picaro - Joaquín Parra
Pedrito - Guy Heron (Guy Heroni)
Raimundo - José Manuel Martín (Jose Perez)
Guapo -Santiago Santos
Chico - Antonio Ruiz (Antonio Sambrano)
train engineer - Valentino Macchi
Rosaria - Carla Gravina
Lieutenant Alvaro Pereda - Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
hotel clerk - Vicente Roca (Vincente Roca)
bandit - Sal Borgese (Salvatore Borgese)
narrator - Richard McNamara
journalist - Damiano Damiani
with; Bianca Manini

This 1966 film stars Lou Castel as the ugly American who's gone to Mexico to assassinate a charismatic general leading a revolt of the Mexican peseants. He befriends a Mexican bandit named El Chuncho and the two become friends. “El Chucho” who raids Federal trains to steal weapons for Senor Elias, Chucho makes the acquaintance of a young American whom he dubs “Nino” and who joins this gang of bandits. It is not long before “Nino’s” ideas permeate Chucho’s band and one bloody but successful raid after another nets a large cache of rifles, ammunition and even a machine gun for Senor Elias, all of which should bring a colossal reward. It is at the height of their achievement that members of Chucho’s bunch of hooligans begin to have different thoughts about their aims and their futures, even as it becomes obvious that “Nino” has his own unfathomable plans. Deception, murder and avarice combine to tear apart El Chucho’s mob even as the big payday approaches. El Chucho soon learns that social revolution is more important than mere money. In the end he turns the tables on his friend and returns to his life as a bandit.



  1. Is it El Chuncho, or El Chucho? I thought it was the former, but I could be wrong. If I am, it's a first.

  2. "Running time 135 minutes"?
    I thought this was an urban legend...

  3. Sartana - I guess you can add El Chucho as that is how it sounds but every book I've referenced has is spelled El Chuncho. Chuncho could be the correct spelling but it's pronounced El Chucho.

    Breccio - I always put the longest referenced time I can find as I learned this from "Once Upon a Time in the West", as you know the U.S.A. version was cut. There just could have been or be a 135 minute version out there.

  4. Thanks Antonio title added to post.

  5. If you see the movie in italian, title is 'El chucho, Quién sabe?'.
    But during the movie, they call him most of the time Chuncho and sometimes Chucho.
    Spanish and italian sentences are mixed all along the movie.
    By the way, the version I watched is 147 min long.