A Bullet for the General (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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 (THUNDERBALL) co-star in this legendary western directed by Damiano Damiani (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION) 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. Freshly transferred in handsome High Definition, A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL is now presented here in both its U.S. and International Versions for the first time ever!Extras:
A Bullet for the Director - Interview with Director Damiano Damiani
Poster & Still Gallery
Gian Maria Volonte: Un Attore Contro (112 Mins.)
'Ranks Alongside Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST And Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH!' --DVD Drive-In
'A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL Has One Of The Best First 20 Minutes In Film History!' --Movie Feast
Top Customer Reviews
There isn't much more on the Blu-ray disc which is fairly filled with the two films but we still get a A Bullet for the Director - Interview with Director Damiano Damiani running 50 minutes in Italian with English subtitles, plus some trailers and a stills and poster gallery.Read more ›
the overtly political screenplay is by franco solinas, rare for so good a writer to be employed on a spaghetti western, rather than extreme violence this film is a thoughtful meditation on themes both political and personal, concerning friendship is very touching though the film makes sure where it stands on the issue of politics and friendship conflicting with the end. the film as a whole carries surprisingly heavy emotional weight.
The best of damiano damiani's mise en scene is breathtaking and in this dvd version the photography is finally appreciable . With morricone involved in the music (though not writing it,luis enrique bacalov using some of his score from django, himself a fine composer for film)there is a lot of audio fun to be had with this film too.
There is a wonderful ending and a casualness that reminds me of films like the roaring twenties, when volonte shoots a comrade for threatening the life of his new friend a subordinate asks him 'but why? guapo was your friend too?' volonte replies 'eh, guapo is no more'.Read more ›
If the first half is the usual running with the rebels territory, the film becomes more complex as it progresses. It is clear from the beginning that the gringo is working to his own agenda, and throughout the course of the film he steers the group towards it. Not interested in women, he professes to be interested only in money, yet at one point kills a rebel paymaster and throws away his cash. Yet even after his objective and the bandito's part in it become clear, the film manages to take the characters even further in an intriguing epilogue.
Both may be mercenary, but finally choose their own executioners, although in very different ways. Castel inadvertently because, despite ruthlessly killing those on both sides to achieve his end, he is ultimately not ruthless enough, Volonte voluntarily, passing judgement on himself when he realises the consequences of his actions.
Castel is a fairly anonymous lead as the 'ugly American', a potential flaw which the director manages to turn to the film's advantage. A moral void, he has no ideals and no scruples but is instead a remorseless pragmatist.Read more ›
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A BIG FAN OF THIS MOVIE. And the star Gian Maria Volonte is so much fun to watch...Very, very good copy.Published 6 months ago by saenzcat
Even though I was not expecting a Sergio Leone level film, I was still a bit disappointed in "A Bullet for the General. Read morePublished 9 months ago by RONALD LUNSFORD
'Bullet For The General' is typical of the material that was screened during the 'Spahetti-Western' era during the late
60's into the early 70's. Read more
According to his director, Damiano Damiani, A bullet for the General (1966; aka: Yo soy la revolución) did not mean to be truly a Western, nor even a Sergio Leone Spaghetti... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nostalgicman
A Bullet for the General is a great example of a Zapata western, a western set in Mexico during the revolution. It is pretty much the opposite of Duck You Sucker. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anonymous Rogue
A Bullet for the General is a Spaghetti Western that neither looks nor sounds like the things that have distinguished the sub-genre. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Julian Pope
QUIEN SABE! Aka A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL (ITALY-SPAIN 1967) directed by DAMIANO DAMIANI starring Gian Maria-Volante, Lou Castel and Klaus Kinski is a well structured political... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Roy Garrett
Damiano Damiani had one of his exceptional successes with 1966's "A Bullet for the General" (AKA: "El Chucho, Quien Sabe?"). Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by V. Risoli