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The Mercenary

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With an all-star cast featuring spaghetti western staples Franco Nero and Jack Palance, Sergio Corbucci’s thrilling and ultra-violent political fable is a key work of the “Zapata” subgenre.

Nero plays the titular mercenary who, in a typical Corbuccian (as well as Brechtian) flourish, stumbles upon his on-again-off-again friend (Tony Musante), reigniting a florid brothers-in-bloodshed partnership.

Sometimes overlooked in favour of the director’s more sombre and deeply fatalistic The Great Silence, this is an incisive and eminently entertaining addition to both the “spaghetti canon” and the oeuvre of one of its most important proponents.