The Magnificent Bandits

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The Magnificent Bandits

rebel village oil cangaço brazilian northeast

The Magnificent Bandits

Release Date: December 23, 1969

Year    :   1969
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Western
Production Companies    :   Producciones Cinematográficas D.I.A., Medusa Distribuzione, Tritone Cinematografica
Director    :   Giovanni Fago
Producers    :   
Writers    :   Bernardino Zapponi, Rafael Romero Marchent, Rafael Romero Marchent, Antonio Troiso, Giovanni Fago, José Luis Jerez, José Luis Jerez
RunTime    :   102 mins.

Brazil, the 1920s. The sadistic colonel Minas massacres the hometown of a famous cangaceiro (a kind of revolutionary bandit). The only survivor is a young farmer called Espedito; he is nursed back to health by a (crazy?) hermit who thinks he has been sent (= espedito) by God and therefore baptizes him the Redeemer. Espedito/The Redeemer forms his own gang of cangaceiros but doesn’t really understand what he’s doing until he befriends the proverbial European intellectual, a Dutch Oil prospector, who introduces him to important people. Espedito is hired (and of course double-crossed) by the Dutchman and a corrupt local governor, but then the Dutchman changes sides …


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