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La banda J. & S. cronaca criminale del Far West

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La Banda J. & S. cronaca criminale del Far West (Italy, Germany, Spain 1972 / Director: Sergio Corbucci)

  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Release Date: 11.8.72

Also known as

J. and S. - storia criminale del far west (Italy) | Bandera Bandits (U.K.) | Far West Story (France) | Los Hijos del día y de la noche (Spain) | J & S: Criminal Story of an Outlaw Couple | Die Rote Sonne der Rache (Germany) | Sonny and Jed (U.S.A.) | Lännen karhukopla (Finland) | Grym revansch (Sweden) | The Gang of the Far West | Jed & Sonny | J & S: The Criminal Story of an Outlaw Couple

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Thomas Milian (Jed), Susan George (Sonny), Telly Savalas (Franciscus), Rosanna Yanny (Linda), Eduardo Fajardo (Don Garcia), Alvaro de Luna, Herbert Fux (Merril), Franco Giacobino (Aparacito), Laura Betti (Dona Aparacito), Werner Pocath (killer), Dan Van Husen (bounty hunter), Gene Collins (hotel clerk), Victor Israel (Felipe), Simon Arriaga (Mexican village henchman), Jose Canalejas (Don Garcia henchman), Raphael Albaicin (Garcia henchman), Alvaro de Luna (Lawman in bowler), Lorenzo Robledo (roulette croupier), Francesco Arcuri, Luis Aller, Pilar Climent, Mario Talleri, Ruggero Fedozzi
  • Story: Sergio Corbucci
  • Screenplay: Sergio Corbucci, Sabatino Ciuffini, Mario Amendola, Adriano Bolzoni, José Maria Forqué
  • Cinematography: Luis Cuadrado [Technicolor, Cinescope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Ennio Morricone
  • Song: "Sunny" sung by I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
  • Producer: Roberto Loyola


Jed (Tomas Milian) is an unlikely hero in this Italian western. As thoroughly unlikeable a robber as ever walked the West, he nonetheless robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Not only is he a murderous, ill-tempered sort, he is bad-mannered, too. When Sonny (Susan George) decides he should be her man and teach her how to be a proper outlaw, sparks fly.


"Sergio Corbucci doesn't have much luck with his lout westerns lately. This cumbersome Bonnie and Clyde model presents Tomas Milian and Susan George as shaggy yobs in a stone age look, who rake the propertied class, let churl speech through their teeth and resist their treacherous enemies. But this is neither especially funny nor super adventurous. Only semi rude and pretty confuse." (Ponkie)

At least Corbucci's then famous visual framing is still recognizable in this SW, which he probably made with "the little finger of the left hand". (by Stanton)

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