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Shoot First... Ask Questions Later (1975)

Il bianco il giallo il nero (original title)
In the 19th century, when the Japanese Emperor sends a gift pony to the US President it gets stolen and ransomed by Indians but Sheriff Gideon aided by an inept Japanese servant offers to deliver the ransom.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Antonio Troiso (story), Marcello Coscia (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Blanc de Blanc / Stetson
Tomas Milian ... Sakura
Eli Wallach ... Sheriff Edward 'Black Jack' Gideon
Manuel de Blas ... Major Donovan
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Kelly Butler
Romano Puppo ... Kady
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Sgt. Donovan (as Nazareno Zamperla)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti
Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Yamoto (as Ideo Saito)
Frank Nuyen Frank Nuyen ... Japanese Consul
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Colonel
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Shannon (as Giovanni Petti)
Tito García ... Watson Brother
Franco Tocci ... Soldier Guard on Train
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... Robinson Watson 'Grasso' (as Chris Huerta)
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Storyline

In the 19th century, a Japanese delegation arrives in the USA to present the American president with a gift pony from the Japanese Emperor.The Japanese consider the pony to be divine and it is guarded by Japanese Samurai.A tribe of renegade Indians attack the train and steal the pony with the intention of ransoming it.In order to retrieve the pony, the Japanese delegation offers one million dollars in ransom money, to be delivered to the Indians by the local Sheriff Gideon assisted by the inept Japanese servant Sakura, who believes he is a true Samurai.On the way, the duo runs into the drifter Blanc De Blanc, who is Swiss and has plans of his own concerning the ransom money. Written by nufs68

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You'll Laugh Your Saddle Off! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 January 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Shoot First... Ask Questions Later See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the trio makes camp for the night the Swiss is asking Sheriff Gideon to respect the rules of the Geneva Convention and feed him supper(0:43:26).The Swiss is referring to the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field of 1864. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Edward Gideon: [about to be hanged by a gang] I'll never die without my boots on, and a star on my chest.
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White Yellow And Black
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Written by Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis and Susan Duncan-Smith
Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis (as Dilly Dilly)
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Light hearted Samurai parody in the West
7 June 2019 | by eugeniocllSee all my reviews

Not every movie is made to become legendary and this is definitely one of them, so don't expect anything outstanding from this title. However, things are made for a purpose and "il bianco, il nero, il giallo" fully reaches its own. It's in fact a light hearted comedy with some puns and surrealism that you want to watch with your children on an ordinary quiet evening (eg. nobody ever gets hurt and the happy ending is served).

The novelty of the movie is represented by the exaggerated nonsensical samurai portray, brilliantly played by Milian who is the real star in here (and so much at ease!). Some great moments are the spit in the eye which is probably the best spit I've seen (it kept me laughing for a week at least!) and the identification of the pony Shimbè.

The movie has a feel good attitude all the time and some wanna-be morality is displayed, quite similarly to They call me Trinity. Noticeably, Sakura and Blanc the Blanc fulfil their dreams, while Black Jack retires after being prized, and the Indians are saved.

Good vibes have the power to take a bit of your soul and this movie does just that. I recommend to watch it without great expectations and to relax your mind.


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