A Bullet for the General


2h 15m 1968

Brief Synopsis

El Chuncho's bandits rob arms from a train, intending to sell the weapons to Elias' revolutionaries. They are helped by one of the passengers, Bill Tate, and allow him to join them, unware he is an assassin working for the Mexican government

Film Details

Also Known As
Quien sabe?
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
War
Western
Release Date
Sep 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening:: 30 Apr 1969
Production Company
M. C. M.
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

During the 1910 Mexican revolution, a band of guerrillas led by El Chuncho attack a train carrying government arms, troops, and munitions. Bill Tate, an American passenger, helps the revolutionaries by killing the train's engineer. El Chuncho then seizes the munitions and rides off, taking along Tate, whom he has been told is a criminal awaiting execution. With Tate now part of his rebel army, El Chuncho steals more weapons and sets out to sell them to General Elias of the revolutionary army. En route the guerrillas stop at San Miguel, a revolutionary stronghold that is facing a military attack. Tate and several other guerrillas, convinced that the town will be destroyed, desert their leader. El Chuncho is persuaded to leave and proceeds to General Elias's camp with the weapons. At the general's headquarters, however, El Chuncho is accused of treason and sentenced to death. Accepting his fate, El Chuncho asks that he be executed by his brother El Santo, a religious fanatic. But Tate kills El Santo and shoots General Elias with a golden bullet, thereby revealing that he was hired by the Mexican government to kill the revolutionary general. Tate receives a reward and offers to share it with El Chuncho, provided the latter will help to form a civil union. El Chuncho refuses to compromise his principles, however, and while singing a revolutionary hymn, he kills the startled American.

Film Details

Also Known As
Quien sabe?
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
War
Western
Release Date
Sep 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening:: 30 Apr 1969
Production Company
M. C. M.
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Filmed in Spain. Released in Italy in 1967 as Quien sabe?; running time: 135 min.