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The Savage Guns (1962)
"Tierra brutal" (original title)

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In Sonora, in a lonesome valley near the border of Arizona: ex-major Summer tries to forget about the horrors of the war of independence on his farm. He has foresworn to violence. His ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Fallon
Paquita Rico ...
Don Taylor ...
Mike Summers
Danny Pose
Manolita Barroso ...
Juana (as Maria Granada)
José Nieto ...
María Granada ...
Don Hernán
Félix Fernández ...
José Manuel Martín ...
Francisco Camoiras ...
Rafael Albaicín ...
Alfonso Rojas ...
Antonio Fuentes ...
Captain Báez
Sergio Mendizábal ...


In Sonora, in a lonesome valley near the border of Arizona: ex-major Summer tries to forget about the horrors of the war of independence on his farm. He has foresworn to violence. His intention is put to the test when a gang of villains ravages the small town. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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In that killer's paradise...some men carried the savage guns...and some women carried the savage hungers! (original USA poster) See more »


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Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Savage Guns  »

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ESP 6,922,551 (Spain)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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Ortega: I don't make war on women and children.
Danny Pose: No, you just leave them as widows and orphans!
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Very early spaghetti western, if not the first.
27 February 2006 | by (Santa Rosa, California, USA) – See all my reviews

In 1961 Michael Carreras was looking to become an independent producer, breaking away from Hammer Films, purveyors of high-quality Gothic horror movies, which was a family business owned by James Carreras, his father. His idea, a new one, was to film a European western, using the desert area of Almeria, Spain, to fill in for the American southwest. Along with another Hammer regular, Jimmy Sangster, he signed American actors Richard Basehart, Don Taylor, and Alex Nicol, all of whom had acted for Hammer, to play the protagonists. The result, SAVAGE GUNS, is one of, if not the first, spaghetti westerns of the modern age. It has the look, the low sandy desert, adobe houses, the sneering bandidos, and the iconic mysterious gunslinger who finds himself between warring factions. The music is not quite there yet, very American in style, as is the action, but it has its moments. As a prototypical Euro-western, it's of interest to students of the genre, but probably too slow for typical western fans. Lots of talking. Capricorn, Carreras' and Sangster's company, didn't last long, and most likely because of the failure of this film, Hammer remained uninterested in adding westerns to their roster of Gothic Horror, Adventure, and Thriller movies.

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