Combustible Celluloid
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With: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey, Jack Palance, Iris Berben
Written by: Sergio Corbucci, Massimo De Rita, Fritz Ebert, Josˇ Frade, Dino Maiuri
Directed by: Sergio Corbucci
MPAA Rating: R
Language: English/Italian with English subtitles
Running Time: 120
Date: 12/18/1970

Compañeros (1970)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Bosom Bloodies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Sergio Leone's lesser-known colleague Sergio Corbucci was an equal at every level, even stooping a little further down into edgy darkness. His explosive, exciting film Compañeros (1970) is one of my all-time favorite Westerns, featuring one of composer Ennio Morricone's finest scores. In the film, Swedish arms dealer Franco Nero reluctantly teams up with Mexican revolutionary Tomas Milian to rescue a professor (Fernando Rey) who knows the combination to a safe full of money. Jack Palance plays the marijuana-smoking, one-armed villain who keeps a trained falcon by his side.

Anchor Bay's DVD release presents the film completely restored, though certain scenes were never dubbed into English, and so they are presented with subtitles. The disc also comes with interviews and talent bios.

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