Sergio Corcucci is the greatest spaghetti western directors along with Sergio Leone. He directed great films as 'Django' and ' The Great Silence' and about 35 films in total. He also directed three films about the mexican revolution that score composer in them was Ennio Morricone: ': Il mercenario'(1968), 'Compañeros'(1970) and '
The year is 1915 and the story of The Mercenary takes place in the middle of the Mexican revolution. The Mercenary opens and closes is a similar fashion like Corbucci’s Compañeros where the first scene of the movie is the last scene that dissolves into a flashback that comes full circle at the end of the film. The Mercenary was one of the first Spaghetti Westerns films to inject comedy without spoofing itself.
The ever reliable Ennio Morricone is the composer for The Mercenary and he once again creates a score that not only makes the films better, but it perfectly fits the films mood.
Vamos A Matar, Compañeros
Compañeros is one of Corbucci's best-known westerns, as well as one of the best-known spaghetti westerns altogether. Like most Corbucci westerns there is a political undertone to the film and the plot revolves around the Mexican revolution (similar to The Mercenery which Corbucci directed 2 years earlier). Che Guevara look-a-like Thomas Milian is superb as the comical revolutionary Vasco and Corbucci regular Franco Nero is excellent as his ultra-cool Swedish mercenary partner. Add to the mix a marijuana-smoking psychopath played by Jack Palance and you have one explosive concoction of a western. Pulling all this together is another masterful score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. I guarantee you will still be singing the theme tune a week later!