The Specialists / Gli specialisti (Sergio Corbucci, 1969)


(ION BRITTON) #61

A great one, deep and more intelligent than your average SW. The mountainous scenery is simply goosebumping as far as i am concerned, Hallyday is cool and it’s surely a good thing that he doesn’t talk much. The ending leaves questions unanswered, but what the heck, a wounded hero who dares to face 4 armed persons without any bullets left is two thumbs up for me in any case. 4/5 stars


(chuck connors brother) #62

I just love the bullet proof vest scene… its so well done, I watch that more than the movie itself


(YourPallbearer) #63

That and the gunfights in this are the best Corbucci ever produced.
Quality film that is slightly flawed (personally I think the ways Hud figures out who murdered his brother are just ridiculous. And there should have been more gunfights in mu opinion).
A flawed Corbucci masterpiece.
4/5.

After giving him a copy of the film Mr. Nero told me that he was to star in this movie but he was busy in America making “Camelot” for a full year (he told me the same for why he couldn’t star in THE GREAT SILENCE).
I don’t see how this is possible since Camelot was finished in 1967 but I’m sure Mr. Nero is just confused.


(Stanton) #64

At least Mr. Nero’s filmography would have benefited from both, while the best he got from Camelot was Miss Redgrave.


(Phil H) #65

[quote=“YourPallbearer, post:63, topic:243”]After giving him a copy of the film Mr. Nero told me that he was to star in this movie but he was busy in America making “Camelot” for a full year (he told me the same for why he couldn’t star in THE GREAT SILENCE).
I don’t see how this is possible since Camelot was finished in 1967 but I’m sure Mr. Nero is just confused.[/quote]

I’m pretty sure it was Preparati la Bara that he was lined up for when he went off to make Camelot. Which is why they got a Nero lookalike (Terence Hill) to do the role instead. Whether he was lined up for a Corbucci too? Who knows, but, you’re right, there was plenty of time for him to make The Great Silence or Gli Specialisti if he’d wanted. These actors often don’t have as good a memory of such things. They should really just ask us geeks. ;D


(YourPallbearer) #66

I asked about this as well and he told me that, that story is rubbish.
Had he turned down Camelot he would have done a few movies for Corbucci instead.
He turned down the role for VIVA DJANGO so I guess the next choice was Hill.

Of course, this is what the man said.
I’m more inclined to believe him for that.
Except for the whole “I turned down Specialist to do CAMELOT” bit. ;D


(korano) #67

I have recently had my eye on this ne. Great looking sceary ala shobary’s site and nice, spaghetti touches such as the bullet proof vest. Looks good. The music sounded quie a bit like Greek music in MO. Are there any english friendly DVD-Rs or Region 1 releases of this out there?


(Silver) #68

I think there are a couple of dvd-rs. I saw one mentioned on the European Trash Cinema site which said it was also uncut…but not fantastic quality. And i think there is a fan dubbed one of the French dvd (which is the one i have…the French, not the dvdr ;)).


(ENNIOO) #69

Correct of course ;).


(Bluntwolf) #70

Watched the uncut Kinowelt release today. Still nothing too special but I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit.


(korano) #71

How is the horror theatre place’s DVD-R of this? Is it in english? Does it have subs?


(scherpschutter) #72

I’m not completely sure about that, The Specialists is a reaction to the failure of the '68 student uprising in Paris, and for a time I thought Corbucci blamed the hippies for the failure. According to some left-wing ideologists - they were ‘parasites’ (they talked about revolution, but did nothing). But when I was preparing a review of the movie some time ago, I found out it was Johnny Halliday - and not Corbucci - who hated the hippies (he even wrote a song about them, expressing his disgust - I translated the lyrics, they’re somewhere on the forum). I couldn’t find more about the subject immediately and wrote another Corbbucci review instead (still have to do this one). It’s not impossible that Corbucci afterwards felt that this ‘hippie thing’ was a bit overdone and wanted it removed. I’ll keep looking for evidence.


(Stanton) #73

Hmm, cutting out the end would make all the other scenes with the hippies a bit superfluous. This would destroy the whole film.
The Specialists was indeed accused in Germany to be an anti hippie polemic.

Anybody here who has Corbucci interviews in german or english? There were at least 2 in Germany, one in “Film” and one in “Konkret”, both from 69, shortly after the releases of Silence and Mercenary.


(Silvanito) #74

Later on in the 70s some of these hippies became really nasty terrorists though :o


(Tigrero) #75

Lots of the ultra PC, animal loving, veggie, peace and love types I know appear to think that anybody who doesn’t agree with them should be shot…a viewpoint I would generally associate with fascists.
Best be apathetic I say…oh sod it who friggin’ cares anyway…


(Silvanito) #76

[quote=“Tigrero, post:75, topic:243”]Lots of the ultra PC, animal loving, veggie, peace and love types I know appear to think that anybody who doesn’t agree with them should be shot…a viewpoint I would generally associate with fascists.
Best be apathetic I say…oh sod it who friggin’ cares anyway…[/quote]

Not your fault Tigrero, but that is typical politically correct bullshit, calling everyone who is militant and uses violence for political purposes a “Fascist” :smiley:

Anyway, I was mainly refering to Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades) and Rote Arme Fraktion (Red Army Faction) the Marxist-Leninist terrorists in Italy and the former West-Germany, who had their roots in the student uprisings of 1968, and who commited some horrible acts of terror in the 70s and 80s.


(scherpschutter) #77

The review of this movie has arrived:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/The_Specialists_Review

(For frontal nudity see the movie)


(Reverend Danite) #78

Booo! … we have a thread for this :wink:

[Edit - hang about … is it all blokes? I’ve jus’ seen the pic in the review :P]


(Reverend Danite) #79

That is an awesome review scherps - again.
I’ve yet to watch this film but am really looking forward to it!
(… and btw thanks for the ‘heads up’ on the … Serpent review - another excellent piece of writing.)


(scherpschutter) #80

[quote=“Reverend Danite, post:78, topic:243”]Booo! … we have a thread for this :wink:

[Edit - hang about … is it all blokes? I’ve jus’ seen the pic in the review :P][/quote]

No, Françoise Fabian and - briefly - Gabriela Tavernese (the hippy girl) too,

http://imageshack.us