Friday, November 25, 2011


Storia di karatè, pugni e fagioli - Italian title
La ley del karate en el Oeste - Spanish title
Siete contra todos - Spanish title
Karatê, Murros e Feijão - Brazilian title
Du ka karate mig her og der - Danish title
Karatekauhu lännessä Karate - Finnish title
Fäuste, Bohnen und... Karate! - German title
Karate i vilda västern - Swedish title
Karate, yumruk ve Fasulye hikayesi - Turkish title
The Friendly One - English title
Story of Karate, Fists and Beans - English title
Karate, Fists and Beans - English title

A 1973 Italian, Spanish co-production [National Cinematografica (Rome), P.C. Balcazar (Barcelona)]
Producer: Sergio Borelli
Director: Tonino Ricci
Story: Alfonso Balcazar
Screenplay: Arpad De Riso, Giovanni Scolaro
English dialogue: Ted Rusoff
Cinematography: Jaime Deu Casas [Eastmancolor]
Music: Juniper (Guido & Maurizio De Angelis)
Running time: 92 minutes

Sam - Dean Reed
Buddy Piccolo/Small - Cris Huerta (Crisanto Brieva)
Moikako Fujibashi - Iwao Yoshioka (Ivao Yoshika)
Colonel Randolf Quint - Alfredo Mayo (Alfredo Martinez)
Tired Finger - Pino Ferrara (Giuseppe Ferrara)
Ken Goldenhand - Sal Borgese (Salvatore Borgese)
farmer - Dante Cleri
Clint Goldenhand - Ángel Aranda
sheriff - Luis Induni (Luigi Radici)
Morgan - Renato Malavasi
Mexican dancer - Carla Mancini
Espartero - Fernando Sancho (Fermando Les)
‘Baby’ Morgan - Francesca Romana Coluzzi
Johnson - Gustavo Re
Freddy - Freddy Unger (Geoffredo Unger)
Espartero henchman - Franco Ukmar
with: Ivan Torres, Gaspar González, Irene d’Astrea, Claudio Ruffini, Antonio Almorós (Ramón Almorós) Ángel Lombarte

Sam and Buddy Piccolo, two highwaymen, go to a convent to find food, instead they find the golden hand of St. Quirinus missing and chase, Colonel Randolf Quint who is disguised as a guardian and has stolen the hand. They end up becoming allies with him when they find out he is working with the banker Morgan to rescue his kidnapped daughter held by Espartaco and his gang. The hand was going to be given to the kidnappers as ransom. Another plan was to have Tired Finger a forger make and sell fake dollars to Espataco but it does not succeed. The forger’s two sons Kent and Clint as well as a Japanese chef named Moikako join Quint, Sam and Buddy. The band enters the hideout of Espartero, with Sam posing as the famous "Brain" while Moikako proposes to capture the outlaw using his karate skills. Baby Morgan is liberated, by the band and Espartero is captured and imprisoned.


  1. "Zwei linke Brüder auf dem Weg zur Hölle" is not an alternative title. It's a similar, but different film made by Ricci in 1977, using the Robin Hood story and not the Western setting to tell a beat-them-all-up story with techniques and personnel of Hong Kong Easterns.

  2. Thanks Fatman it has been removed.