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James Donald Prindle (story)
Albert Band (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 September 1963 (Italy) See more »
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An avenging stranger guns down a gang of ruthless bandits in revenge for the murder of his family. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Richard Harrison ... Richard - Ricardo 'Gringo' Martinez
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Sheriff Lance Corbett (also as G.R. Stuart) (as Giacomo Rossi Stuart)
Mikaela ... Maria Huertas
Sara Lezana ... Elisa ' Lisa' Martinez
Daniel Martín ... Manuel Martinez (as Dan Martin)
Barta Barri ... Lou Stedman (as Barta Barry)

Aldo Sambrell ... Juan Guardo (as Ald Sambrell)
Agustín González ... Risitas Wilson (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Barbara Simon ... Rosa Cardena (as Bruna Simoniato)
Ángel Solano ... Miller (as Mike Solano)
Gonzalo Esquiroz ... King Wilson (as Gonzalo Ezquiro)
Rodolfo del Campo ... Doctor (as Sam Field)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillermo Vera ... Mexicano
Xan das Bolas ... Barbero (uncredited)
José Calvo ... Francisco (uncredited)
José Luis Chinchilla ... Hombre del sheriff (uncredited)
Tito García ... Herrero (uncredited)
Rufino Inglés ... Jugador (uncredited)
Alfonso Rojas ... Don Esteban (uncredited)
Rafael Vaquero ... Tendero (uncredited)

Directed by
Ricardo Blasco  (as Richard Blasco)
 
Writing credits
James Donald Prindle (story) (as J. Prindle)

Albert Band (screenplay) and
Ricardo Blasco (screenplay) (as Richard Blasco)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
José Gutiérrez Maesso .... executive producer (as J.G. Maesso)
José Gutiérrez Maesso .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone  (as Dan Savio)
 
Cinematography by
Massimo Dallamano  (as Jack Dalmas)
 
Film Editing by
Rosa G. Salgado  (as Rosy Salgado)
 
Set Decoration by
Francisco Canet 
 
Makeup Department
Franck Puyol .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Miguel Ángel Martín Proharán .... production supervisor (as M. A. Proharam)
Jack Smith .... production manager (as John Smith)
Guillermo Zuñiga .... production manager (as Guillermo Zuniga)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Arambillet .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddy Gillot .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Dicky Jones .... composer: song "A Gringo Like Me"
Ennio Morricone .... musical director (as Leo Nichols)
 
Other crew
Elisabeth Campo .... continuity
Peter Coll .... production assistant
John Gracia .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Duello nel Texas" - Spain (original title)
"Gunfight in Red Sands" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Gunfight in the Red Sands" - USA
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Runtime:
97 min | Spain:95 min | West Germany:80 min
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Film debut of Aldo Sambrell.See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Shape Of Things To Come, 17 November 2005
Author: boardwalk_angel from United States

1963...Sergio Leone had done 1 film as credited director..."Colossus of Rhodes"..; Clint Eastwood was still best known as "Rowdy Yates" on "Rawhide". Duello Nel Texas was released in Italy in Sept. 1963...Filmed in Northern Spain....using the set that would later be used as the town in FOD & FAFDM. Ricardo Blasco ..directed 8 other films..a couple of Zorro movies...most of his work was as Second Unit Director or Assistant Director. Massimo Dallamano, the cinematographer, went on to be director of photography on both Fistful Of Dollars and FAFDM.

Richard Harrison..had appeared in 1 previous "pre-spaghetti" Western..."El Sabor de la Venganza" (1963) (Gunfight at High Noon (USA) )....& went on to play Ringo in "$100,000 for Ringo"....Rocco in "Vengeance" (.Joko invoca Dio e muori).. & starred in "I'll Forgive You, Before I Kill You" .... .."Aquasanta Joe" & others. Gunfight at Red Sands is also noteworthy for being the first Italian Western to feature a Ennio Morricone score...& if my instincts are correct......a collaboration w/ Bruno Nicolai.

Harrison is Ricardo..a/k/a "Gringo"......who returns from an unsuccessful campaign fighting w/ guerillas in Mexico...& now just wants peace.......to discover that his adoptive father has been killed & the family's gold stolen. So he's gotta..avenge his father..& get the gold back.

This is Harrison without the stubble..not quite the antihero...an avenger...but not "The Stranger"...although he has been away for 4 years.

As for Ennio Morricone's first Western score.....parts of it are quite nice...others are just...OK...Hollywood-style stuff, as requested by the film's producers. ..Of course, early Morricone is very interesting...the title song (A Gringo Like Me) is a different version than the one that's become somewhat familiar...an earlier version w/ a different vocalist. He is also credited as musical director under the name of "Leo Nichols"...which for me is too close to Bruno Nicolai..that I suspect that to be a mistake..& Nicolai to be the true musical director.

The Italian Western was still very much an American Western imitation..but we see the SWlike quirk here & there..a lot of "roots" of what was to come in many films....the weird villain type (giggling..twitching guy)............& there's gold..Mexican revolutionaries...a corrupt sheriff who hates Mexicans....more than a few killings..a couple of not very well done fistfights..a final showdown that's OK.......minor red herrings & misdirection..pretty straightforward. Good bit early..the shootout w/ the Federales...although it does come off as too theatrical. Check out the scene early on when a jeep drives by in the background. Rest of the cast ranges from pretty awful to pretty good... nice turn by Sara Lezana as Lisa..who gets to show off some action chops that a year later became traditionally not done by women in SW.

Gunfight At Red Sands is really a PRE-Spaghetti Western....in tone... & spirit....dramatically & musically. It has more in common with the Hollywood knockoffs produced in Italy pre '64...but SW devotees will definitely notice & appreciate the elements of future films that are there...

The style hadn't arrived yet......nor the twinkle in the eye..but something quite unique and wonderful was just about to be born.

Spaghetti Western? Maybe an Antipasto Western.

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