Friday, April 2, 2010


Vamos a matar, companeros! – Italian title
Los Compañeros – Spanish title
Laßt uns töten, Companeros – German title
Zwei Compañeros – German title
Vamos a matar compañeros! – Brazilian title
Petturit hirteen Companeros – Finnish title
Companeros – French title
Les compagnons de la gloire – French title
Petturit hirteen Companeros – French title
Companheiros – Portuguese title
Död åt Companeros – Swedish title
Companeros, ro hit med stadskassan – Swedish title
Companeros! – U.S.A. title

A 1970 Italian, Spanish, German co-production [Tritone Cinematografica (Rome), Atlántida Films S.A. (Spanish), Terra-Filmkunst (Berlin)]
Producer: Antonio Morelli
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Story: Sergio Corbucci
Screenplay: Sergio Corbucci, Massimo De Rita, Fritz Ebert, Dino Maiuri (Arduino Maiuri)
Dialogue: José Frade
Cinematography: Alessandro Ulloa (Alejandro Ulloa) [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Ennio Morricone
Song: “Vamos a matar companeros” sung by I Cantori Moderni
Running time: 118 minutes

Yodlaf “Penguin” Petersen - Franco Nero (Francesco Sparanero)
El Vasco - Tomás Milian (Tomás Rodriguez)
John Svedese - Jack Palance (Volodymyr Palahnyuk)
Zaira Harris - Karin Schubert
Professor Vitaliano Xantos - Fernando Rey (Fernando Vega)
colonel - Eduardo Fajardo
Lola - Iris Berben
Pepito Tigrero/Tiger - Tito García (Pablo Gonzalez)
Tournier - Luigi Pernice
General Mongo Alvarez - Francisco Bódalo (Francisco Zuffoli)
lieutenant - Gérard Tichy (Gérard Wondzinski)
Captain Jim - Lorenzo Robledo
Mongo’s henchmen - Simón Arriaga, Rafael Albaicin (Ignacio Escudero), José Canalejas
Rosenbloom henchmen - Victor Israel (José Vilanova),
John’s man - Álvaro De Luna (Álvaro Blanco)
corporals - José Marco (José Rosello), Vicente Roca (Vincente Roca)
with; Jesús Fernández (Jesús Martinez), Giovanni Petti (Giovanni Petrucci), Gianni Pulone (Giovanni Pulone), Claudio Scarchilli, Pablo González, Ramón Fernández Tejela (Jorge Tejela)

During the Mexican Revolution, a peasant named El Vasco starts a revolt in his village by killing the army colonel in charge. Rebel leader and self-appointed General Mongo soon arrives on the scene and hires El Vasco to his revolutionary gang. However, Mongo is more interested in gaining fortune for himself than for his country. Yodlaf Peterson, a Swedish mercenary arrives in Mexico to sell guns to General Mongo. The safe containing the money is locked and only Professor Xantos knows the combination. Xantos is the leader of a student counter-revolution that opposes violence, and is held in a prison by the U.S. army, after he tried to find funding from the U.S. and did not agree to give the monopoly of his country's entire oil wealth in return.

El Vasco dislikes the suit-wearing Peterson and calls him a "penguin", but at the suggestion of General Mongo, the two reluctantly join forces and set out to capture Xantos. Their task is made harder by the American army and a wooden-armed American named John, who wants to exact revenge on Peterson, his former business partner. Peterson had left John to die after he was crucified, and his pet hawk had to peck his right hand off in order to save him. In order to maximize their personal gain and to support Xantos' rebel fighters, El Vasco and Peterson have to double-cross Mongo. They receive help from Lola, the leader of Xantos' rebel group, to whom El Vasco develops a crush, and her group of young revolutionaries.


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