A Bullet for the General (1967)
aka ¿Quien sabe?

Directors: Damiano Damiani
Starring: Gian Maria Volonté and Klaus Kinski

Genre: Spaghetti Western


"At the height of the Mexican Revolution, a mysterious young American (Lou Castel of Fist In His Pocket) joins a gang of marauders led by El Chucho (Gian Maria Volonte of A Fistful Of Dollars) on a series of savage raids to steal guns for a powerful rebel general. But when the Gringo brings his own cold-blooded ideals to the bandits, El Chucho discovers that the real weapons of war belong to no army. In a land ravaged by poverty and violence, can true freedom be bought with a single bullet?

Klaus Kinski (For A Few Dollars More) and Martine Beswick (Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde, Thunderball) co-star in this legendary western directed by Damiano Damiani from a powerful screenplay co-written by Oscar®-nominee Franco Solinas (The Battle Of Algiers, The Big Gundown). Also known as Quien Sabe, this thrilling epic features some of the most surprising performances, radical politics and shocking violence of any "Spaghetti Western" ever made." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
It's a good story that moves along slowly, but without getting boring. The relationship between the two main characters is interesting. And even though Kinski wasn't really in it that much, he manages to make an impression non-the less, and his character is really great. I also liked the El Chuncho character, where Volonté did a good job. I just love the Italian western "heroes".
Also including a few humorous scenes, including the scene where El Chucho is trying to teach some poor village people how to fire a rifle. Also look out for the nice ending!
All in all a very good western which is part of the "Once Upon a Time in Italy, Spaghetti Western Collection, but it doesn't quite reach the level of the best one in the collection, Compañeros. It's essential viewing for all fans of spaghetti western though!

My rating:

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