A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
|A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe|
|Directed by||Damiano Damiani, Sergio Leone|
|Produced by||Claudio Mancini
Rafran C. Rialto
|Written by||Damiano Damiani
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography||Giuseppe Ruzzolini Technicolor, CinemaScope|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (Italian: Un genio, due compari, un pollo, also known as Nobody's the Greatest) is a 1975 spaghetti western comedy film directed by Damiano Damiani and, in the opening scene, Sergio Leone. It is notable for being the last western that Leone worked on.
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.
- Terence Hill as Joe Thanks / Nobody
- Miou-Miou as Lucy / Lilla
- Patrick McGoohan as Major Cabot / Harris
- Robert Charlebois as Steam Engine Bill / Paul Lambet
- Klaus Kinski as Doc Foster
- Jean Martin as Colonel Pembroke
- Miriam Mahler as Colonel Pembroke's daughter
- Raimund Harmstorf as Sergeant Milton
- Benito Stefanelli as Mortimer
- Pietro Vida as Jerry / Jelly Roll
- Roy Bosier as Jeremy
- Frederick Ledebur as Don Felipe
- Renato Baldini as Sheriff
- Mario Brega as Krutscher
- Lina Franchi as Mary Gomez
- Mario Valgoi as Thomas
- Rik Battaglia as Captain
- Pietro Torrisi as Mortimer henchman
- Gerard Boucaron as Town idiot
- Elio Angelucci as Brothel man
- Furio Meniconi
- Clara Colissimo
- Fernando Cerulli
- Carla Casola
- Vittorio Fancfoni
- Armando Bottin
- Bonnie Miles
The music was composed by Ennio Morricone. His work here is very similar to his score for My Name is Nobody, with an upbeat pop tune serving as the main theme, an adaptation of a classical song (in this case Für Elise) combined with the wailing from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly used for the stagecoach chase, and a sentimental, lyrical theme for the three protagonists.
Thanks to the popularity of Terence Hill, the film was quite successful at the European box office. However, it was very negatively received by critics, and has not gained a higher reputation over time.
These feelings extended to those who made the movie as well. Though Leone had co-directed, produced, and come up with the idea, he was disappointed in the final outcome and chose to remain uncredited.
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