Film: A Bullet For The General
A Bullet for the General aka El Chuncho, quién sabe? is a Spaghetti Western from 1966, directed by Damiano Damiani.A gang of bandits led by El Chuncho rob a train, and one of the passengers, a young American called Tate, ends up joining the gang. Chuncho nicknames him Niño, and they gradually become friends.Chuncho intends to sell the guns they acquired through the robbery to a revolutionary Mexican general, and Tate helps the gang plan and carry out several raids to get more guns. Despite his original mercenary motives Chuncho becomes more and more invested in helping the villagers fight their oppressors, but it becomes apparent that the manipulative Tate had his own reasons for joining the gang - and aiding the revolutionaries wasn't one of them.The cast includes Gian Maria Volontè (who played the villain in A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More), Klaus Kinski, and Lou Castel.
This film provides examples of:
- Batman Gambit: How Tate gets the gang to leave San Miguel.
- Decoy Protagonist
- Emotional Bruiser: Chuncho.
- Fake Nationality: Many "Mexican" characters.
- Marked Bullet: The golden one Chuncho finds in Tate's valise. It's intended for the revolutionary General Elías, whom Tate's been hired to kill.
- Mexicans with Machine Guns
- New Meat: How the gang initially think of Niño/Tate.
- The Quiet One: Tate.
- Rebel Leader: General Elías.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni
- Religious Bruiser: El Santo, Chuncho's obsessively religious brother.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In the end Chuncho rejects both Tate's money and his friendship. Instead he kills him, both for leading him to betray the cause and for killing Santo.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Tate.
- South of the Border
- Spaghetti Western
- Spicy Latina: Adelita
- Strawman Political: Arguably the point of the movie.
- Subverted Trope: Tate's character is similar to the Man With No Name, and Chuncho resembles both Volontè's characters from The Dollars Trilogy and Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Chuncho is the good guy.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers
- Would Hit a Girl: Tate slaps the wealthy landowner's wife to make her stop yelling.
- You Killed My Brother