The Five Man Army

Un Esercito Di Cinque Uomini

(1969)

 

Dutchman - Peter Graves

 

Mesito - Bud Spencer

 

Augustus - James Daly

 

Luis - Nino Castelnuovo

 

Samurai - Tetsuro Tamba

 

Also Starring: Claudio Gora, Carlo Alighiero, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Dan Sturkie, José Torres, Marino Masé, Annabella Andreoli, Daniela Giorado

 

Directed by - Don Taylor

 

Kills: 71

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Reviewed version - Shoarma Digital DVD

Five outlaw men with a mission to rob $500.000 in gold for the Mexican Revolution. The gold is transported on a train by the Mexican Army.

Not that suprising plot and outcome guessable. We have the boss, the muscleman, the dynamite expert, the acrobat and the samurai. Each playing their own part in the plan. The train scene is exciting and pretty well directed elsewhere too. An American director makes it feel a bit more American than Italian. Still Italian production and a wonderful score by Morricone makes up for this. Some minor comedic elements, we even get a eating scene almost in the style of Hill/Spencer. Makes me wonder if the Luis role was written for Terence Hill. Enzo Barboni was the cinematographer but all this was pre-Trinity.

Acting is decent, no one steals the show and the five men stays equivalent.

Simple, but fun and easy to watch and enjoy.

 

Some dialogue:

Durchman: "-Some men die for money, some for causes. -They die for us."

Music clip: Un Esercito Di 5 Uomini.mp3

 

 

 

17 February 2007