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Gunfight at Red Sands (1963)

Duello nel Texas (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 19 September 1963 (Italy)
An avenging stranger guns down a gang of ruthless bandits in revenge for the murder of his family.

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Ricardo 'Gringo' Martinez
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Lou Stedman (as Barta Barry)
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Juan Guardo (as Ald Sambrell)
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Rosa Cardena (as Bruna Simoniato)
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Composer Dan Savio is Ennio Morricone, using one of the two pseudonyms he used for early work. See more »

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A Gringo Like Me
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Landmark Spaghetti Western
21 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Richard Harrison is a gringo raised by a family of poor Mexican farmers, who have recently discovered gold on their property. He returns home from a war in Mexico to find his father shot down by three strangers looking to take his treasure, leading to a showdown with several local bigots and friction with the town's new sheriff.

Although definitely not the first western shot in southern Spain nor the first Italian-made western, this may have been the first real "spaghetti western" (albeit with American co-writer Albert Band), by Jolley Film of Rome, the studio that made A Fistful Of Dollars the following year.

Some say that El Sabor de la Venganza, released the same year, came before. However, I'm not entirely convinced, as this is the one that's acknowledged as the film debut of Spanish genre star Aldo Sambrell, an actor who appeared in both films.

Harrison, better known for starring in a slew of Italian sword and sandal features, is pretty good playing the sullen, lone-avenger type in this typical but entertaining flick, that benefits greatly from a fast-pace, good action, and gun-play.

This is also notable for being the first western film scored by the great Ennio Morricone. It's not his best, but there's a few good moments, including the catchy main-theme "A Gringo Like Me", featuring a truly odd vocal performance that was changed and made more mainstream for it's CD appearances!


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