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$1,000 on the Black (1966)

1000 dollari sul nero (original title)
Twelve years ago, Sartana framed his brother Johnny for murder and stole his girlfriend. Now the town's undisputed boss and doted over by his possessive mother, Sartana seems safe - until, his sentence served, Johnny rides back into town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steffen ...
Johnny Liston
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Erika Blanc ...
Joselita Rogers
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Judge Waldorf (as Charles Angel)
Sieghardt Rupp ...
Ralph
Angelica Ott ...
Mary
Daniela Igliozzi ...
Manuela Holt
Franco Fantasia ...
Sheriff
Gianni Solaro ...
Gino Marturano ...
Angry Man in Bar
Olga Solbelli ...
Woman begging for Mercy
Gaetano Scala ...
Sartana Henchman
Mario Dionisi ...
Sartana Henchman
Roberto Miali ...
Jerry Holt (as Jerry Wilson)
Ettore Arena
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Twelve years ago, Sartana framed his brother Johnny for murder and stole his girlfriend. Now the town's undisputed boss and doted over by his possessive mother, Sartana seems safe - until, his sentence served, Johnny rides back into town.

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$1,000 on the Black  »

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First appearance of the Sartana character. See more »

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Referenced in If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968) See more »

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Necklace of Pearls
Written by Michele Lacerenza (music) and at Gancarossa
Performed by Peter Boon
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Brothers Anthony Steffen and Gianni Garko have a score to settle
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anthony Steffen has done 12 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit but his brother Gianni Garko did. Garko is Sartana in his first appearance, and he's a very bad brother indeed. He and his large gang hold several towns in thrall. Garko has forced Steffen's girl friend of years back to be his wife. Steffen has no blood lust against his brother but he does aim to stop him, and he's badly outnumbered and outgunned. He slowly but surely makes some allies among the ordinary folks. The mother of the two brothers lives in a big house and exerts some influence on them, but she's rather bitter.

The film delivers some rousing fist fights and some big shootouts. The main thing is that no one anywhere is at ease or quite right. Everyone seems to have something gnawing at them. Almost everyone. The sheriff fears Sartana. Garko's wife hates him and broods. Steffen can't get any respect. He looks constantly pained. The judge under Sartana's thumb is craven. The daughter of the man who was slain, Erika Blanc, is still bitter about his death. There is a young man who is mute because of psychological trauma. The people of the town are scared and intimidated. Laughter and joy are unknown in these very dry locales, except perhaps for the clerk of one store and the undertaker and these moments are brief. Well, Sartana is enjoying himself in his mercurial moods, but he's the boss. Mostly there's lots of plotting and riding back and forth, with occasional bouts of cruelty and killing. Yet it all hangs together, helped along by an excellent score with that real spaghetti western trumpet going into the high register and Spanish themes. The title, by the way, has nothing to do with the story. There's no roulette gambling in sight.

I'd add that you cannot help but enjoying seeing Garko on the screen, Steffen too has his unique appeal.


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