COMPANEROS
VAMOS A MATAR, COMPANEROS
1970, 118 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Corbucci

Electrifying showdown between greats Franco Nero and Tomas Milian begins, but so does the flashback: Swedish gunrunner Nero has a trainload of arms, with his payoff locked in a safe that only pacifist rebel leader rival Fernando Rey can open. But joint-puffing Jack Palance and his flesh-loving falcon bear a grudge. In Italian with English subtitles.


TEPEPA
1969, 136 min, Italy, Dir: Giulio Petroni

Brit doctor John Steiner saves revolutionary hero Tomas Milian from Colonel Orson Welles’ post-revolutionary firing squad - so he can kill Milian for himself! The betrayals mount up en route to two climactic shocks. Co-written by Franco Solinas (BATTLE OF ALGIERS). Quentin Tarantino lists this film as one of his 20 favorite spaghetti Westerns. In Italian with English subtitles. Not available on Region 1 DVD.


THE BIG GUNDOWN
1966, Sony Repertory, 110 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Sollima

Ruthless Texas lawman Lee Van Cleef pursues fugitive Cuchillo (Tomas Milian), a peasant who has been framed for a child's murder. Working from a story by screenwriter Franco Solinas (THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS), director Sergio Sollima infuses the standard spaghetti Western formulas with a conscious sense of class-driven politics - and plenty of brutal action. In Italian with English subtitles.


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