The Mercenary / A Professional Gun / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)


(Novecento) #121

hmmm, guess I’ll have to rewatch it. I do remember him being very upset about Sebastian’s death and also choosing to go completely butt naked when Sergei and Paco send him on his merry way. But I also remember him being surrounded by those “two ladies” at the beginning which he used as his queens in the card game.

I hope Koch keeps the english audio or I don’t think I’ll be upgrading unless they do find a longer version which I doubt exists.


(Dillinger) #122

Homosexuality in SWs seems to be topic in a couple of threads these days. Maybe it would make a thread itself…

I like that one ;D


(Rififii) #123

I showed a bunch of friends the duel on Youtube during a random Youtube session and it was weird the division of enjoyment…The youngest of my friends found it awesome another was unimpressed and it went alot like that with everyone else. But everyone loved the music. Morricones music has a pretty much universal love like the Beatles.


(I...I...Idiot) #124

I actually saw Companeros first but as I’m watching I’m asking myself which I like better. The score & the duel with curly put it over the top for me. The blood from the flower was one of the best duel moments ever. This was one of the last on the sw top 20 for me to see but worth the wait. Tony Musante was great in this movie & I don’y think Millian would have done a better job. As for Pallance’s curly being gay, he did have a perm & the fact that he was surrounded by beautiful women shouldn’t mean he’s not gay. He could be overcompensating.


(Starblack) #125

The majority of male fashion designers are gay and they spend most of their lives surrounded by beautiful women…

This was one of the first SWs I can remember seeing and it’s never let me down; each time I revisit it, the entertainment and the intensity strikes me anew. It’s uneven like most of Corbucci’s films (and like 99% of SWs), but remains a firm favourite.


(Novecento) #126

This is repeated by Alex Cox in “10,000 Ways to Die” who specifically cites Marco Giusti as stating this scene to have originally been included.


(Frank Talby) #127

This is one of my favorites by Sergio. Nero is great and Palance is as well. I also like Musante in the peasant turned revolutionary.
I too saw Companeros first but this one is better (I am not a huge Milian fan). The music is far superior even though Morricone did both soundtracks and I like Nero’s and Palance’s characters in this one a lot more.


(Pacificador) #128

I just finished watching this and it’s the best SW I’ve seen in quite some time…makes my personal top 15 for sure. It’s my second favourite Corbucci (first is Il Grande Silenzio) and, I would say, edges out Companeros.

Fantastic score, excellent cast, very few flaws in this one.


(Stanton) #129

Glad you liked it.

Did you already make a top 20? It was a bit calm at the voting front the last months.


(Spaghetti Monkey) #130

[quote=“Pacificador, post:128, topic:177”]I just finished watching this and it’s the best SW I’ve seen in quite some time…makes my personal top 15 for sure. It’s my second favourite Corbucci (first is Il Grande Silenzio) and, I would say, edges out Companeros.

Fantastic score, excellent cast, very few flaws in this one.[/quote]

Couldn’t agree more, almost makes up for your flawed opinion of BLOOD AT SUNDOWN. ;D


(Dillinger) #131

I’ll wait to rewatch it ntil the KOCH release arrives. This will be the best way to enjoy it once more.


(Pacificador) #132

ha ha ! heyo… ;D


(Silence) #133

Call me crazy but I didn’t like it that much. Sure, great music, actors, settings, directing, everything but it didn’t work for me. It doesn’t have this revolutionary mood of Companeros.


(autephex) #134

Blasphemer!


(klinteastwood) #135

mabye i’ll finally get to see this film with this Koch release coming up…exicted! seen most corbuccis but for some reason i could never find this fucking movie


(Bill san Antonio) #136

[quote=“Silence, post:133, topic:177”]Call me crazy but I didn’t like it that much. Sure, great music, actors, settings, directing, everything but it didn’t work for me. It doesn’t have this revolutionary mood of Companeros.[/quote]same here, it’s a great movie but somehow I never got that into it. I’d easily give it 4/5 stars but it’s not a personal favorite.


(korano) #137

For now, I’m agreeing with silence. It had great potential and a welcome large budget but I found it a bit disjointed. However, the cheap direct source US DVD I first saw it on (and paid a $200 deposit to my vid store as it’s apparently out o’ print) could be to blame for this as it was fullscreen (I think) and possibly cut. Either way, I still can’t put it high on my rewatch pile.


(Chris_Casey) #138

OK…you are crazy! :smiley:

I like COMPANEROS, but nowhere near as much as I like THE MERCENARY.
I am completely opposite of Bill san Antonio’s view of these two films.
THE MERCENARY is in my Top 3 or 4 among SW’s…whereas COMPANEROS is just barely in my Top 25.


(autephex) #139

bought a bootleg copy of the japanese disc off ebay a long time ago, one of the first spaghettis I bought… have loved it ever since.

its long overdue for a rewatch, but waiting for the Koch release


(Phil H) #140

[quote=“Chris_Casey, post:138, topic:177”]OK…you are crazy! :smiley:

I like COMPANEROS, but nowhere near as much as I like THE MERCENARY.
I am completely opposite of Bill san Antonio’s view of these two films.
THE MERCENARY is in my Top 3 or 4 among SW’s…whereas COMPANEROS is just barely in my Top 25.[/quote]

Could this be down to the ‘Milian Factor’ for you Chris?