A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot

1975

Comedy / Western

2
IMDb Rating 6.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MARIO GAUCI ([email protected]) 5/10

This popular latter-day Spaghetti Western proved a disappointmentoverall, considering the talents involved; to begin with, I&#39;ve alwaysbeen wary of semi-comic genre entries such as this &#150; which stars one ofits major exponents, Terence Hill (in fact, I recall having misgivingsabout even his MY NAME IS NOBODY [1973]): incidentally, that film wasproduced by the foremost director of Spaghetti Westerns &#150; Sergio Leone&#150; who was also involved with this one in an uncredited capacity (as amatter of fact, the striking and violent opening sequence is attributedto him!).<br><br>Anyway, the film clearly owes a huge debt to Leone&#39;s THE GOOD, THE BADAND THE UGLY (1966) &#150; several genre outings, actually, tried to cash-inon that classic by devising (often amusing) variants on its title &#150;though there are so many characters involved that it&#39;s hard todetermine who the various epithets are referring to! The internationalcast, then, includes &#150; besides Italian Hill &#150; Irishman PatrickMacGoohan (though playing a U.S. Cavalry officer), French Miou-Miou andRobert Charlebois, and German Klaus Kinski (appearing in a bit early onas a gambler/gunslinger). Director Damiani had dabbled in the genrepreviously with one of the politically-oriented efforts, A BULLET FORTHE GENERAL (1967); the film under review, though, isn&#39;t nearly asstylish or engaging &#150; also, as with a number of examples of its kind,it&#39;s overstretched for no real purpose! <br><br>Another underwhelming element here is the score by &quot;Euro-Cult&quot;guru/genre stalwart Ennio Morricone &#150; while pleasant in itself andoccasionally inventive, it&#39;s decidedly forgettable in the long run: itseems he&#39;d been doing it for so long that inspiration had pretty muchwithered by this time! There&#39;s not even that much action throughout thefilm: it&#39;s merely a collection of incidents which sees opportunisticHill, gruff and dim-witted Charlebois (who&#39;s not only unhappy to beconstantly reminded of his Indian heritage but he gets to negotiateterms with them over land rights while posing as a U.S. Colonel!),charming Miou-Miou, and shrewd villain MacGoohan (who&#39;s wasted here:what was he thinking?!) teaming up and/or double-crossing each otherfor possession of the proverbial booty (the plot, thin andall-too-typical &#150; as can be surmised &#150; is still separated by a gooddeal of padding). To be fair, the film is mildly enjoyable as such (areasonable assessment for an outing emanating so late in the game) &#150;but hardly unmissable as Spaghetti Westerns go&#133;

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Reviewed by hannibalmcnee

Bit of a disappointment this one, although it was always bound to betoo good to be true.<br><br>Just think of it! A spaghetti western directed by the great DamianoDamini (A Bullet for the General) and the greater Sergio Leoni,starring legendary actors Patrick McGoohan and Klaus Kinski, with musicby Ennio Morriconne. How could it go wrong?<br><br>Well let's start...<br><br>The opening sequence at least (directed by Leone) is brilliant andpromises a terrific film. A promise that is not kept. The sequence haslittle or no bearing on the rest of the film, an action comedy aboutthe conning of a racist cavalry Major (McGoohan) out of three hundredthousand dollars and the love triangle between the three con-artists,led by Terence Hill.<br><br>There seems to be something about most Italian comedy that simplydoesn't work when playing to a British or American audience and here itis the same. Most of the film is buffoonery that falls flat, madeincreasingly worse by the decision to give most of the co-stars sillyvoices in the dubbing room. Klaus Kinski comes off the worst in histiny cameo, looking great, out-acting everyone on the screen, butsounding like an ancient hillbilly. Miou-Miou's squeaky toddler voiceis unbearable.<br><br>McGoohan too sounds bizarre, somewhere between an English toff and WCFields (all the stranger still, because the voice is actually his).<br><br>The music tends towards the comical of course, and as such is not inMorricone's best work.<br><br>However, there are some diamonds among the rough. McGoohan'sperformance is great, in spite of the voice.Terence Hill makes a fairlyengaging lead, whose description of a duel is a classic moment forspaghetti westerns. The climax too, an energetic chase, accompanied toMorriconne's reworking of Beethoven's Fur Elise, ending with atremendous explosion that leaves McGoohan covered in white dust atophis horse like an imposing alabaster statue (worth the admission pricealone) is evidence that there is some real talent at work here.<br><br>In a perfect world, A Genius would be the very best of the spaghettiwesterns. As it stands, it is a failure that I'm very pleased to haveseen.

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Reviewed by EyeDunno

I purchased this PAL DVD (my Macintosh computer plays theformat) and a region- free, NTSC/PAL DVD player (connected to aregular NTSC tv) so I, NOT THE STUDIOS, can choose what Iwant. The PAL disc was the only version I found available, and Iwill submit DVD info when I find time. Look for the widescreen/letterboxed format (which &quot;Genius&quot; is), instead of the horrid panand scan, because letterboxed (or matted) is what the directorintended viewers to see! Please keep an open mind aboutspaghetti westerns. Sometimes viewers comment with suchharsh criticism that it can turn someone away when they should beprompted to look for a title in the genre they are interested in. I'vesuddenly grown a fascination in macaroni that I'm finding moviesthat I've never been interested in before. I swore on Clint/Eli/Cleef/Leone/Ennio flicks yet didn't notice people like Nero and Milian.And now I'm discovering not to be so hard on my boy Terence Hill.Okay, so he doesn't take it so seriously. At first, that's what turnedme away from his flicks. It wasn't Eastwood enough. But geez,what a kick you can get from &quot;Genious.&quot; Initially I didn't care forEnnio's music, but it seeps into you. And there's something aboutthe camera placement and movements that draw me into the film,which was just the right length -- not too long or short. The funnymoments and comments throughout, plus the explosion (a veryreal and powerful one) somewhere in the flick made me decideon 8 stars. I judge these the same way as kung fu action. It can beso easy to pick apart and be literal, but these generally are simplypasta and lo mein noodle- type movies. Just enjoy sucking it intoyour system. You'll love getting full, and soon you'll want anotherhelping.

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