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Genio, due compari, un pollo, Un

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Un genio, due compari, un pollo (Italy, France, West Germany 1975 / Director: Damiano Damiani)

  • Runtime: 126 min
  • Release Date: 16.12.1975

Also known as

Nobody ist der Grosste (Germany) | A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (U.S.A.) | The Genius (Australia) | Mitt namn är fortfarande Nobody (Sweden) | Ingen är som Nobody (Sweden) | Nobody on nerokkain (Finland) | Un génie, deux associés, une cloche (France) | Un genio, dos compadres, un pollo (Spain) | El genio (Spain) | Intikam Gunu (Turkey) | Nobody i indijanci (Yugoslavia) | Et Geni, tua polare ochy ben hona | Nobody's the Greatest | Chytrák a dva společníci (Czech Republic) | A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot | Trinity Is Back Again

Cast and Crew

  • Cast: Terence Hill (Joe Thanks), Miou-Miou (Lucy), Robert Charlebois (Locomotive Bill), Patrick McGoohan (Major Cabot), Raimund Harmstorf (Sergeant Milton), Piero Vida (Jelly Roll), Rik Battaglia (Captain), Mario Valgoi (Thomas Trader), Mario Brega (coach driver), Friedrich von Ledebur [as Frederick von Ledebur](Don Felipe, the priest), Jean Martin (Colonel Pembroke), Klaus Kinski (Doc Foster), Clara Colosimo (madam), Ferdinando Cerulli (the madam's husband), Benito Stefanelli (Mortimer), Renato Baldini (sheriff in saloon), Furio Meniconi, Pietro Torrisi (Mortimer henchman), Roy Bosier (Jeremy), Gerard Boucaron (village idiot), Miriam Mahler (Pembroke's daughter), Carla Cassola, Vittorio Fanfoni (duped guard), Armando Bottin, Valerio Ruggeri, Karl Braun (poker player)(uncredited), Lina Franchi (Mary Gomez, prostitute)(uncredited)
  • Story: Ernesto Gastaldi, Fulvio Morsella
  • Screenplay: Damiano Damiani, Fulvio Morsella, Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cinematography: Giuseppe Ruzzolini [Technicolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Ennio Morricone
  • Song: "Glory, Glory, Glory" sung by Catherine Howe
  • Producers: Fulvio Morsella, Caludio Mancini, (and Sergio Leone)

Synopsis

An amiable con man sets out to land a big score from a man even less honorable than himself in this comic spaghetti western. Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) is a swindler and quick-draw artist who wanders into a dusty little town after literally falling out of a stagecoach while asleep. After besting card-sharp Doc Foster (Klaus Kinski) in a public shootout, Joe reconnects with his old friend, Steam Engine Bill (Robert Charlebois), who is traveling with his beautiful but dizzy-headed girlfriend, Lucy (Miou-Miou). Joe has learned that an officer in the U.S. Cavalry, is escorting a $300,000 fortune that's been earmarked for Indian relief efforts; however, the commanding officer of the local fort, Major Cabot (Patrick McGoohan) has no intention of actually delivering the cash, so Joe hatches a scheme to take it for himself.

Comment

While his name does not appear in the credits, Sergio Leone had produced Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo (aka A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe) via his shareholding on the production company Rafran, and also directed the pre-credit sequence (which bears a few of his directing trademarks without being anything special), with Damiano Damiani helming the rest of the picture and receiving the screen credit. "It was an amusing script, directed by someone with no sense of humour at all" (producer Fulvio Morsella).

In contrast to My Name Is Nobody, Leone never got suspected of being the actual director, and most probably also never wanted to be. "The film disappointed me so much that I decided to produce no more westerns" (Sergio Leone). - by Stanton

Trivia

  • In several countries Un genio was directly marketed as a sequel to My Name is Nobody, but it is not exactly so.
  • Some of the original film negative was stolen during production and the film had to be finished with alternate takes. According to Fulvio Morsella "the entire film is made up of alternative takes".

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