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The Savage Guns (1962)

Tierra brutal (original title)
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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Steve Fallon
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Franchea
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Mike Summers
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Danny Pose
Manolita Barroso ...
Juana (as Maria Granada)
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Ortega
María Granada ...
Juana
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Don Hernán
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Paco
José Manuel Martín ...
Segura
Francisco Camoiras ...
Manolo
Rafael Albaicín ...
González
Alfonso Rojas ...
Ruiz
Antonio Fuentes ...
Captain Báez
Sergio Mendizábal ...
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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 intention is put to the test when a gang of villains ravages the small town. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The gunfighter and the spitfire meet and love...in a wild wind-lashed land where the law ends...and the one they thought was afraid, surprised them the day the bandidos came! (original USA poster) See more »

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1 October 1962 (USA)  »

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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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Passable Western with historical interest , being the first filmed in Almeria , Spain
3 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Acceptable Chorizo Western co-produced by Spain/England/USA with a British director and two Hollywood B-actors as Richard Basehart and Don Taylor and numerous Spanish secondaries . A good example of Latino western genre from Spain . In Sonora, 1870 in a lonesome valley next to the frontier of Arizona , there appears ex-Confederation officer named Summer (Don Taylor) , now a farmer married a beautiful Mexican (Paquito Rico) living in Rancho Summer and he tries to forget about the horrors of the war of independence on his farm. He is a peaceful man and has foresworn to violence . His intention is put to the test when a band of nasties ravages the ranch . There arrives a gunslinger (Richard Basehart) who being wounded and healed by the family ; later on he join forces with the farmer to take on a land baron (Jose Nieto) and his underling (Alex Nicol) .

Paella/British/US Western co-produced between Spain, England and doesn't follows the Sergio Leone wake , but it is proceeded in American models . It's an exciting western with breathtaking gunfight between the protagonist Richard Basehart against the heartless Alex Nicol and his nasty hoodlums , in addition a stirring ending fight between the three main protagonists , Basehart , Nicol and Taylor . This movie is a lot of fun to watch . It's an acceptable story with a touch of peculiarity , some great characters, and an amazing music score . The picture is a tale of justice and revenge , as a Pistolero seeks to help a family against a restless cattle baron . Richard Basehart is passable though miscast , he plays as a gunfighter who attempts to forget his past . Basehart's performance in the movie is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character , a Shane/Alan Ladd-alike , but the fantastic performance by Alex Nicol as the slimy, menacing outlaw make up for , here in his ordinary role as bandit and in a cruelly baddie character , he is terrific as a villain hoodlum giving a fine acting similarly his role in ¨The man of Laramie¨. There appears as secondary actors the habitual in Spanish/Italian Western such as Jose Nieto , Jose Luis Martin , Xan Das Bolas , Alfonso Rojas , Rafael Albaicin , Fernado Sanchez Polack , Rafael Vaquero , Jose Riesgo , Victor Israel and Fernando Rey in his customary character as an intellectual man .

The film packs violence , shootouts , high body-count and is quite entertaining , though sometimes results to be slow-moving . There are thrills ,romance , drama and action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the final gunfight . The movie gets the Western ordinary issues , such as avengers antiheroes , violent facing off , exaggerated baddies and spectacular duels , among them . Well produced by Jimmy Sangster , Hammer's usual screenwriter , and Jose G . Maesso who produced several Western such as ¨The ugly ones , Minnesota Clay , Django , A train to Durango , Hellbenders¨ . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors , dirty and rocky landscapes under a glimmer sun and cool settings by expert set designer Francisco Canet who designed several Westerns as Spanish as international ones . The musician Anton Garcia Abril composes a nice soundtrack and well conducted , this turns out to be one of the most memorable parts of the movie; as it's full of enjoyable sounds and haunting musical background . The soundtrack contributes tremendously to the atmosphere of the film, including an emotive leitmotif, the music score is perhaps the best part of this film . Striking cinematography by Alfredo Fraile , though is necessary a correct remastering . Outdoor sequences with barren and rocky exteriors , and including Mediterranean Sea filmed in Spanish places located in Aguilas , Alhamilla and desert of Almeria. The motion picture was professionally directed by Michael Carreras , though with no originality . He was a prestigious director, screenwriter and producer for Hammer Films . He Gradually introduced science-fiction into Hammer's output . Executive producer , Managing director and Chief Executive at Hammer Films until he forced to resign in 1979, when the company failed to secure finance and fell into receivership. Rating : 5,5 . The picture will appeal to Eurowestern buffs .


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