Esercito di Cinque Uomini

Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini

Director: Don Taylor, Italo Zingarelli

Cast: Don Taylor, Italo Zingarelli, Peter Graves, James Daly

     
 
Five Man Army can best be described as a marked-down Magnificent Seven. Peter Graves, James Daly, Bud Spencer, Testuro Tamba and Nino Castelnuovo play the quintet of the title. Caught in the middle of the 1914 Mexican Revolution, the five men pool their individual skills in hopes of incapacitating the enemy. With Mission: Impossible star Graves

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Five Man Army can best be described as a marked-down Magnificent Seven. Peter Graves, James Daly, Bud Spencer, Testuro Tamba and Nino Castelnuovo play the quintet of the title. Caught in the middle of the 1914 Mexican Revolution, the five men pool their individual skills in hopes of incapacitating the enemy. With Mission: Impossible star Graves in the lead, it's only natural that the plan involves the "impossible" task of relieving a nasty general of a large gold shipment. Set in Mexico but filmed in Italy, this spaghetti western was bankrolled by MGM, the same folks who brought you the popular The Dirty Dozen and who were undoubtedly hoping that lightning would strike twice.

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This serviceable Italian Western from American director Don Taylor packs the required action sequences, especially a terrific train robbery, but is sorely missing the stylistic flourishes and Byzantine plotting that earmarks many of the subgenre's better-known titles. The presence of spaghetti Western regulars Bud Spencer (here speaking without English dubbing) and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart also can't make up for Peter Graves' bland lead or Nino Castelnuovo's clichéd hothead youth, but the film's lack of drive cannot be attributed to one particular source. The enervation starts with Taylor and trickles down to Dario Argento's script and the performances. Too bad, as it wastes one of Ennio Morricone's most rousing Western scores. Though Taylor receives sole credit as director, he only worked a single day on the film; conflicting sources attribute the remaining footage to everyone from Argento to Guilio Questi to producer Italo Zingarelli.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
UPC:
0883316639887
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
32,886

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Graves Dutchman
James Daly Augustus
Bud Spencer Mesito
Nino Castelnuovo Luis Dominguez
Tetsuro Tamba Samurai
Claudio Gora Manuel Estaban
Jack Stuart Mexican Officer
Marc Lawrence Carnival Barker
José Torres Spy
Marino Masé Engineer
Annabella Andreoli Perla
Daniela Giordano Maria
Carlo Alighiero Gutierrez

Technical Credits
Don Taylor Director
Italo Zingarelli Director,Producer
Dario Argento Screenwriter
Enzo Barboni Cinematographer
Enzo Bulgarelli Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Michettoni Set Decoration/Design
Sergio Montanari Editor
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Marc Richards Screenwriter
Luciano Sagoni Costumes/Costume Designer

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