|Directed by||Paolo Cavara|
|Produced by||Joseph Janni
|Written by||Lucia Brudi
|Music by||Daniele Patucchi|
|Cinematography||Tonino Delli Colli|
|Editing by||Mario Morra|
|Running time||91 min.|
Los Amigos (Punto e Capo, also known as Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears) is a 1973 spaghetti western film starring Anthony Quinn and Franco Nero in 1972. The film is loosely based on the life of Deaf Smith, with direction of Paolo Cavara.
The Republic of Texas has just gained its independence from Mexico. However, President Sam Houston fears the various rebels and interest groups that may take advantage of the Republic's newly won independence. He sends Erastus 'Deaf' Smith (Quinn) to put down one of the rebel groups led by Mexican general, Lucius Morton (Graziosi). Smith brings along his friend Johnny Ears (Nero) to help him. Ears must do his best to hide Smith's handicap, and to prevent their exposure when the rebel groups learns that a deaf-mute spy is among them.
|Anthony Quinn||Deaf Smith|
|Franco Nero||Johnny Ears|
|Pamela Tiffin||Susie, the Hooker|
|Franco Graziosi||Gen. Lucius Morton|
|Tom Felleghy||Von Mittler|
|Renato Romano||J.M. Hoffman|
About the director
Good morning from Rome: «This is not a spaghetti western,» director Paolo Cavara insisted on the set of Los Amigos, or, as it may be called, Deaf Smith and Johhny Ears, or perhaps Two men. The two men are Anthony Quinn and Franco Nero – and the girl, Pamela Tiffin, by the way… «I’m not one of those western directors,» Cavara adds. «The day of those blood–and–guts oaters made over here is over. They have to something else–and this one is a “psychological western.”» (…) «The Italians prefer their U.S. pictures dubbed,» director Cavara confirmed. Three of the four theatres SRO–showing The Godfather here show dubbed versions, one with subtitles. «We have been dubbing here for 25 years and do it perfectly,» he said. He was shooting most of this film with sound, rare for these h’yar parts. And was using a very lightweight, easily portable 35m Arriflex camera. Director Cavara had filmed many Mondo Cane scenes in the US, and ironically, last year was about to shoot a film, "Getting Off", in N.Y.. with a promising stage actor – Al Pacino. But after four months’ preparation, the film deal fell through. He hopes to be able to nab Pacino for a future project. One coming up is "Men A" to film in N.Y., Africa and Orient. It’s a story about man and pollution, a subject which now seems to be as universal as westerns, spaghetti or otherwise. «But, – Cavara smiles – whatever the film I make, it is always the same – about human relationship.» He wants Nero to star again for him… (Excerpt from Variety Wed, October 18, 1972)
- Some parts of the soundtrack, composed by Daniele Patucchi, are featured in the videogame Red Dead Revolver.
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