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Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)

Un dollaro bucato (original title)
Giuliano Gemma plays a confederate soldier who returns from the war to fight one at home. Unbeknownst to him, his brother has become the infamous gunfighter "Black Jack" to defeat the local... See full summary »

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(as Calvin Jackson Padget), (as George Finley)
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Giuliano Gemma ...
Gary O'Hara (as Montgomery Wood)
Ida Galli ...
Judy O'Hara (as Evelyn Stewart)
Pierre Cressoy ...
McCoy (as Peter Cross)
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Donaldson (as John Mac Douglas)
Franco Fantasia ...
Sheriff Anderson (as Frank Farrel)
Tullio Altamura ...
Peter (as Tor Altmayer)
Massimo Righi ...
Brad (as Max Dean)
Andrea Scotti ...
Hombre de McCoy (as Andrew Scott)
Nazzareno Zamperla ...
Phil O'Hara (as Nicholas St.John)
Benito Stefanelli ...
James (as Benny Reeves)
Franco Lantieri ...
Slim (as Frank Liston)
Gino Marturano ...
(as John Martin)
Nello Pazzafini ...
(as Peter Surtess)
Bernard Farber ...
Hombre de McCoy (as Benny Farber)
Luigi Tosi ...
Herrero
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Giuliano Gemma plays a confederate soldier who returns from the war to fight one at home. Unbeknownst to him, his brother has become the infamous gunfighter "Black Jack" to defeat the local bullies. Gemma agrees to ambush and kill Black Jack, only to discover too late who the outlaw really is. With vengeance in his heart he turns on his employers, who then shoot him. Written by Cristian Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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Italian Made Old Style Western - Worth a Fair Few Dollars
20 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Confederate soldier Gary O'Hara (Guiliano Gemma) and his brother Phil are released from a prisoner of war camp following the end of the civil war, the barrels of their guns removed by their captors. Gary returns home to his wife Judy (Evelyn Stewart) whilst Phil is not ready to live such a quiet life and heads off west.

Gary soon decides to follow his brother to the town of Yellowstone, and to find work to support his family. On arrival, his combat prowess is soon put to practice, which brings him to the attention of local banker McCory (Pierre Cressoy). McCory offers him a ranch and money if he can kill local outlaw Blacky, which he agrees to do. Gary is taken to the local saloon and advised that Blacky is the man at the bar with his back to him. On confrontation, Blacky turns around, firing his gun - and revealing himself to be Phil O'Hara. McCory and his men open fire, leaving both brothers dead.

By a stroke of good fortune, Gary survives the ambush, his life saved by the single silver dollar in his pocket. He sets out to discover why McCory wanted Blacky dead, and to aid the local villagers that are suffering at the hands of a group of marauding bandits. Meanwhile, Judy O'Hara travels to Yellowstone in search of her husband, and soon finds herself in the unwelcome company of McCory.

As with Gemma's role in his two Ringo films, the character of Gary O'Hara would sit quite comfortably in an American made western. This is no bad thing, and he does always make for a likable hero. The same point could be levelled at the film in general - it is a likable flick, with a true old American western feel. That said, Ferrio's enjoyable whistled score clearly sits within the euro-western genre, and it does share a level of violence with its fellow Italian movies.

The story itself has a few clichés (for one thing, a fair few screen characters have been saved over the years by an inanimate object conveniently placed on their person) but does that really matter? Clearly not. And there are some great scenes, particularly both the opening (great gun-play as the brothers are released) and final sequence. From a personal perspective, I was also intrigued to note a great visual likeness between Evelyn Stewart and my own girlfriend!!! Not that that should be of any real relevance to this write up.

In summary, this is one of those nice easy to watch movies (legs up on the sofa, with a wine or beer for company), and certainly worth a few silver dollars of anyones money.


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