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Gunmen of Rio Grande (1964)

Desafío en Río Bravo (original title)
Famed marshal Wyatt Earp is sent to clean up a lawless mining town on the Mexican border.



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Credited cast:
Wyatt Earp / Laramie
Fernando Sancho ...
Pancho Bogan
Jennie Lee
Gérard Tichy ...
Zack Williams
Carolyn Davys ...
Clementine Hewitt
Beni Deus ...
Olivier Hussenot ...
Massimo Serato ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Román Ariznavarreta ...
Xan das Bolas ...
Álvaro de Luna ...
Juan Maján
Evar Maran ...
(as E. Maran)
Dario Michaelis
Hollis Morrow ...
(as H. Morrow)


Famed marshal Wyatt Earp is sent to clean up a lawless mining town on the Mexican border.

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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duel at Rio Bravo  »

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Acceptable Spaghetti/Paté/Paella western co-produced by Italy-France-Spain
8 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

A sweeping drama of the untamed West! 1885 , famed marshal Wyatt Earp (Guy Madison) is sent to clean up a lawless mining town on the Mexican border . The famous lawman Wyatt Earp (Madison) , who finished with Clanton at the OK Corral, is hired by Jennie Lee (Madeleie Lebeau, the French singer who sang "La Marseillaise" in the unforgettable and emotional scene " Casablanca ") , the owner of the saloon of Rio Bravo , in order to end the excesses of Zack Williams (Tichy) , one of the most influential men in town , who supported by a band of outlaws led by Pancho Mexican Bogan (Fernando Sancho), intend to take with all the supplies of local mines . Meanwhile , Earp becomes involved with Clementine Hewitt (in his only film, Carolyn Davies) owner of a mine and Zack object of desire .

There is plenty of action and thrills in the movie , guaranteeing shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . This Spaghetti was filmed in 1964, a notorious year in the development of European western that almost doubled since former year with movies filmed in Spain and involving Spanish producers (thirteen Western were filmed westerns in 1963 and almost thirty in 1964 ); it consolidated this trend the following year with the shooting of more than forty. This rise was due not only to the landing of U.S. producers seeking to reduce costs and to compete with the burgeoning TV series set in the West , but, above all , the change in the policy of subsidies, priority from now at the box office and encouraged co-productions . The film so we can fit within "urban western " prevailing at this time in Western films shot in Spain, whose films were characterized by a very similar plot structure in which the hero, characterized by his skill with firearms, stop in a population temporarily hit by a crime wave affecting, among others, to a girl who will protect and then fall in love with her , while unmask the villain .

Moreover, and as usual in these early productions in Europe, shows a clear influence of the western U.S. and is also seen in the characters . Thus, as would be usual in this type of products, the main character is a historical figure, in this case the sheriff Wyatt Earp who participated the most famous duel occurred in the western town of Tombstone in 1881 that has been brought to the big screen many times as in the classic "My Darling Clementine" in 1946 directed by John Ford, the famous " Duel of Titans" (1957) by specialist John Sturges who would resume the same story in "The Hour of the Gun" (1967) ; the demystifying "Doc" (Frank Perry, 1971) or the more modern "Tombstone: The Legend of Wyatt Earp" (George P. Cosmatos, 1993) and Wyatt Earp (Lawrence Kasdan, 1994). Also noteworthy in this respect the figure of the drunken sheriff again refers to "Rio Bravo" and, specifically, the character played by Dean Martin similarly to Massimo Serato . Finally you can trace the footprint of several American westerns in the approach of the film and in some situations. Regarding the approach to "Wichita" (excellent western filmed by Jacques Tourneur in 1955 in which a young Earp-McCrea put order in the city the title taken by outlaws). But despite its lack of originality and not hide influences , I think the film works reasonably well thanks to the work of the cameraman , musician , enough budget that results in a more than acceptable work setting and filming in numerous locations with highlights about the planning of the various scenes, offering nicely filmed several sequences mainly the action, as a remarkable and realistic showdown .

As for the cast, as was also usual, at the top, we found an American actor decided to try his luck in European cinema . In this case the character brought to life , legendary Earp , well starred by Guy Madison , actor who had his first major role in "Until the End of Time" a drama directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1946 to then changed in action roles , mainly series B westerns , get some success with the series "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" and ends up traveling in Europe in the sixties where he made many Euro-westerns . The rest of the cast , we find the two negative characters to which the director gives a different treatment : firstly the Mexican outlaw Pancho Bogan to be described in some respect , as he is a villain but with his own code of honor , the German living in Spain Gerard Tichy giving life to the greedy Zack Williams , a devious individual , devoid of honor , who never shows his face, uses others to do the dirty work and attempts to hide true intentions ; role he repeated in many westerns . But let us look at the film that had a pretty big budget for this type of film and whose production was responsible Italo Zingarelli, producer, director and screenwriter who used to guarantee the quality of his products . The Argentinian , nationalized Spanish writer/filmmaker Tulio Demicheli so consistently mixed the good with the mediocre that it became quite impossible to know what to expect from him next . He directed Gazpacho Western as ¨Tequila¨, ¨Arriba Sabata¨ and ¨Man and a colt ¨ . Demicheli had a long , prolific career , working from the 40s , he directed all kind of genres as drama as ¨Herida Luminosa¨ , Thriller as ¨Ricco¨ , adventures as ¨Son of Captain Blood¨, ¨First adventure¨ , Spy sub-genre as ¨¨Il Nostro Agente a Casablanca¨, ¨Dirty game in Panama¨ , ¨Misión Lisboa¨ , Giallo as ¨Coartada en Disco Rojo or Two faces or fear¨ , Horror as ¨Monstruos De Terror or Assignment Terror" ¨ .

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