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An American working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits.

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Manuel Silvera / 'El Gato' / Barbossa
Ursula Thiess ...
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Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Cristino
Salvador Baguez ...
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An American Rancher takes a small herd of Brahma bulls to Brazil where he has sold them for a small fortune. There, he finds himself in the middle of a range war......and in love. His concern, who are really his friends and who are his enemies? Written by WesternWildcard

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Adventure in Brazil!

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24 March 1955 (Portugal)  »

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Americano  »

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Arthur Kennedy had begun filming when the money ran out and shooting had to be discontinued. When the funding was finally found, Kennedy was working on another project, so he had to be replaced with Frank Lovejoy. See more »

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When Dent first meets the federal police he asks if any of them speaks Engish and the head policeman says he does. Later, after the head policeman is shot, Dent is walking with two of the other policemen and Gato when they enter the barn. Dent says, "Spread out" and the two policemen immediately go left and right, without having to wait for the phrase to be translated by Gato. See more »

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[first lines]
Stevie: Pa, how far is Brazil?
Barney Dent: That's a long way away, Stevie - clear across the world.
Daughter: Is it as far as Amarillo?
Barney Dent: Yeah, farther!
Stevie: Why are our bulls going to Brazil?
Barney Dent: Because we sold 'em to a rancher down there.
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The Americano
Lyrics by Tom Smith
Music by Xavier Cugat and George Rosner
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The Setting and Performances Make It Worth Watching
14 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Americano (1955)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

William Castle's Western is pretty familiar on many grounds but it's also a lot different on others, which makes it worth checking out. American Sam Dent (Glenn Ford) heads to Brazil to sell his cattle so that he and his brother can live better but once there he gets in the middle of a land owner (Frank Lovejoy) and a "bandit" (Cesar Romero) who are battling each other. THE AMERICANO, story wise, really doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen countless times before so if you're looking for something original then you're certainly not going to find it here. Based on story alone this film would be worth skipping but what makes it so entertaining and worth watching are the locations. The Brazilian jungle really makes for an interesting setting and I must admit that it was a lot of fun seeing some routine Western scenes "updated" for the location. How many times have we seen a scene where the cowboy must take the cattle across some water? Well, in the scene here the problem is that there are crocodiles and piranhas in the water. How many times have we seen the cowboy beat or threaten a bad guy into telling the truth about something? Well, in this film those same piranhas are used to get him to talk. I really enjoyed seeing these familiar scenes updated to the setting and throw in the Technicolor and this really makes the film worth seeing. It also features some good performances with Ford leading the way playing a good guy like only he can. Lovejoy was extremely entertaining and steals every scene he's in and Romero is also very good in his role. Castle's direction isn't anything ground-breaking but he does a good job piecing everything together and keeping the film flowing at a nice pace.


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