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  • 1966
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.6  (458)

Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, Yankee is a 1966 Italian-French western film directed by Tinto Brass. The film stars Philippe Leroy as George Hilton, a former soldier who flees to Mexico amidst the chaos of Reconstruction-era America. Upon arriving in Mexico, Hilton finds himself embroiled in a world of corruption and violence. He is befriended by Hernandez, a Mexican patriot who is fighting against the oppressive regime of Emperor Maximilian. Together, Hilton and Hernandez embark on an audacious plan to steal a shipment of gold from the French army, which will be used to finance Maximilian's war effort.

Their plan is complicated by the presence of various unsavory characters, including a conniving French general (Adolfo Celi) and a scheming American mercenary (Jacques Herlin). These nefarious individuals are also after the gold, and as the story progresses, tensions mount and the stakes get higher.

The film is an interesting mix of Western and historical epic. It deals with themes such as betrayal, patriotism, and redemption, and features some thrilling action sequences. The cinematography is also noteworthy, with some stunning shots taken in the sweeping Mexican landscape.

Philippe Leroy delivers a captivating performance as George Hilton, a man caught between two worlds in the wake of the Civil War. His portrayal of the character's internal struggle is nuanced and powerful. Adolfo Celi is equally impressive as the villainous French general who will stop at nothing to maintain his power.

Jacques Herlin provides some comic relief as the opportunistic American, injecting a much-needed dose of humor into the proceedings. The rest of the ensemble cast also delivers strong performances, adding depth and texture to the film's richly realized world.

Overall, Yankee is a thrilling and engaging film that seamlessly merges the conventions of the Western genre with the historical realities of 19th-century Mexico. It provides a unique and nuanced look at a tumultuous period in American and Mexican history, and its story of courage and sacrifice still resonates with audiences today.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    5.6  (458)