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You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)

During the 1922 Turkish Civil War, two Americans and a group of foreign mercenaries offer their services to a local Turkish governor who hires them as guards for a secret transport.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Leo Gordon (as Leo V. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Adam Dyer
Charles Bronson ... Josh Corey
Michèle Mercier ... Aila (as Michele Mercier)
Patrick Magee ... The General - Ataturk
Fikret Hakan ... Colonel Elci
Grégoire Aslan ... Osman Bey (as Gregoire Aslan)
Leo Gordon ... Bolek
John Alderson John Alderson ... U.S. Army Major
Tony Bonner ... Reese
Horst Janson ... Wollen
John Acheson John Acheson ... Davis
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney
Salih Güney ... Capt. Enver (as Salih Guney)
Yüksel Gözen Yüksel Gözen ... Papadopoulos (as Yuksel Gozen)
Erol Keskin ... (as Erol Koskin)
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Storyline

Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey. They are hired by Osman Bey, a local governor, to escort his three daughters to Smyran and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany them. Nobody is aware that Elci, a local colonel, plans to steal the gold for himself, while a rebel general pursues all parties involved. Written by Anonymous

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SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE . . . dealing in death and destruction - for a price See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldiers of Fortune See more »

Filming Locations:

Said Halim Pasha Manor, Turkey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, SRO See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1922. See more »

Goofs

When the biplanes strafe the trucks they let out the iconic 'jericho trumpet' sound of a WWII Stuka dive bomber. Also, they should hardly be over-revving anyway in a strafing and bombing role. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE AEGEAN SEA 1922 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein
Performed by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra (uncredited)
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If you like westerns and if Bronson and Curtis are your favorites...
30 December 2010 | by elsinefiloSee all my reviews

Set against the backdrop of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) Soldiers of Fortune tells the story of two opportunist former U.S. Army soldiers Adam Dyer(Tony Curtis) and Josh Corey (Charles Bronson). The two joins a group of Turkish mercenaries to protect the daughters of an Ottoman sultan and a train that carries gold. This is the first movie in cinematic history that portrays Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (even briefly by Patrick Magee) who is the founder and the first president of modern Turkey. Believe it or not, the rumor has it that one of the Turkish journalists wanted to interview Charles Bronson after the production of the movie but he was just vehemently rejected by Bronson. So the embittered journalist just started a smear campaign against the movie, that's why the movie has never been available on DVD here and unfortunately the only way that you can watch this movie in Turkey is to get hold of a pirate VHS copy. You Can't Win 'Em All may not have sounded realistic or historically accurate but it would not be fair at all to expect complete historical accuracy from an adventurous western movie. The filming locations do not really follow a logical order either. For instance, the mercenaries set out their adventurous odyssey in İzmir (formerly Smyrna)At first they camp in the Cappadocia region (east-central Turkey) Later on you see them in Ephesus and Didim (which is at the far west)I guess Peter Collinson must have thought he should show a few places that a tourist must see in his/her visit to Turkey. You Can't Win 'Em All may not be the best movie but if you like westerns and if you are real fans of Curtis and Bronson there is not a reason why you shouldn't like this one.


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