Tuesday, November 26, 2019

50th Anniversary of “The Specialist”

50 years ago today on November 26, 1969 “The Specialist” (aka Drop Them or I’ll Shoo) premiered in Rome, Italy. The film was directed by the other Sergio, Sergio Corbucci and starred French singing idol Johnny Hallyday. The Supporting cast was headed by Mario Adorf, Francois Fabian and Serge Marquand. The film’s story revolves around a stranger named Hud (Hallyday) who comes to Blackstone, a town where his brother had been falsely accused of robbing a bank. Hud is determined to avenge his brother, who has been hanged without a proper court hearing. Eventually Hud finds out it was one of the town's most dignified citizens who really robbed the bank. That puts him in great danger. The Italian, French, German co-production was later released in Germany on April 10, 1970 and in France on April 22, 1970.

Gli specialisti - Italian title
Le spécialiste - French title
Die Spezialisten - German title
Fahrt zur Hölle, ihr Halunken - German title
Lännen spesialisti - Finnish titl
A szakérto - Hungarian title
El especialista - Spanish title
Drop Them or I’ll Shoot - English title

A 1968 Italian, French, German co-production [Adelphia Cinematografica (Rome), Les Films Marceau (Paris), Neue Emelka (Munich)]
Producer: Sergio Corbucci
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Story: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci
Screenplay: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci
Cinematography: Dario Di Palma [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: A.F. Lavagnino (Angelo Francesca Lavagnino)
Running time: 104 minutes

Hud Dixon/Brett/Brad - Johnny Hallyday (Jean-Philippe Smet)
Francisco Rafael Fatorro/El Diablo - Mario Adorf
Virginia Pollicut - Françoise Fabian (Michele Fabianera)
Sheba - Sylvie Fennec
Valencia - Angela Luce (Angela Savino)
Boot - Serge Marquand
gambler - Gino Pernice (Luigi Pernice
Deputy Sheriff Gideon - Gaston Moschin (Gastone Moschine)
barman - Mimmo Poli (Domenico Poli)
Pedro - Pietro Ceccarelli
Judge Ham - Mario Castellari
Mac Lane - Riccardo Dominici
Rosencranz - Andrés José Cruz
Buddy - Christian Belegue
Mix - Stefano Cattarossi
Apache - Gabrielle Tavernese
Doctor Logan - Lucio Rosato
El Diable henchman - Riccardo Pizzuti
Lord/Oscar - Renato Pinciroli
townsman - Elio Angelucci, Ettore Arena
with: Brizio Montinaro, Franco Marletta (Francesco Marletta), Kim Dimon (Kiem Diemon)

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