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A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (Italian: Un genio, due compari, un pollo is a 1975 spaghetti western comedy film directed by Damiano Damiani[1] and Sergio Leone, who directed the opening scene.[2]

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Damiano Damiani
Sergio Leone
Produced by Fulvio Morsella
Claudio Mancini
Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi
Damiano Damiani
Fulvio Morsella
Story by Ernesto Gastaldi
Fulvio Morsella
Sergio Leone
Starring Terence Hill
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Charlebois
Raimund Harmstorf
Jean Martin
Klaus Kinski
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited by Nino Baragli
Rafran Cinematografica
Rialto Film Preben Philpsen
Distributed by Titanus Distribuzione (Italy)
Release date
  • 16 December 1975 (1975-12-16)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Italy
West Germany
Language Italian


Alternate NamesEdit

The film has been released under various names including Trinity Rides Again, Nobody's The Greatest, and A Genius, Two Friends and an Idiot in order to capitalize on other previous and more-successful Spaghetti Westerns that starred Terence Hill, namely My Name Is Nobody and They Call Me Trinity and Trinity Is Still My Name.


Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) is a genius conman. He conducts various schemes with his two friends: Half-breed Steam Engine Bill (Robert Charlebois) and his girlfriend Lucy (Miou-Miou). Lucy loves both men, and they in turn both vie for her affection.

Joe formulates an extremely elaborate plan to steal $300,000 from Major Cabot (Patrick McGoohan), an Indian-hating cavalry man, and in doing so save the Indian land he is trying to steal. Every time the plan seems to be failing, Joe has another trick up his sleeve. The movie climaxes with a stagecoach chase and a gigantic explosion.



Parts of the film were shot at the San Juan River and Monument Valley in Utah.[3]


  1. ^ "Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 25, 2004). "Un genio, due compare, un pollo (A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe)". DVD Talk. 
  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874. 

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