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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[2] and Sergio Leone, who directed the opening scene.[3]

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
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Directed byDamiano Damiani
Screenplay by
Music byEnnio Morricone[1]
CinematographyGiuseppe Ruzzolini[1]
Edited byNino Baragli[1]
  • Rafran Cinematografica S.p.A.
  • A.M.L.F.
  • Rialto Film Preben Philipsen GmbH & Co. KG[1]
Release date
  • 16 December 1975 (1975-12-16) (West Germany)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • France
  • West Germany[1]


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.[4]


A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe was released in West Germany on December 16, 1975 as Nobody ist der Größte.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nobody ist der Größte". (in German). Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 25, 2004). "Un genio, due compare, un pollo (A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe)". DVD Talk.
  4. ^ 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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