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Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated  |   |  Western  |  25 November 1966 (Italy)
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An Indian warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

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Mervyn 'Vee' Duncan - Bandit Leader (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Nicoletta Machiavelli ...
Estella (Mrs. Lynne's maid)
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Father Rattigan
Tanya Lopert ...
Maria (saloon girl)
Franca Polesello ...
Barbara (saloon girl)
Lucia Modugno ...
Geraldine - Wounded saloon girl
Pierre Cressoy ...
Dr. Chester Lynne (as Peter Cross)
Roberto Paoletti
Mario Lanfranchi ...
Jefferson Clay (Esperanza mayor) (as Mario Lanfranchi)
Nino Imparato ...
Chuck Holloway - Banjo Player (as Antonio Imparato)
Ángel Álvarez ...
Oliver Blackwood (bank manager)
Lucio Rosato ...
Jeffrey Duncan - Member of Duncan's Gang
Rafael Albaicín ...
Mexican scalphunter
Valeria Sabel ...
Hannah Lynne
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An Indian warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

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Relentless in his vengeance! Deadly in his violence! See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

25 November 1966 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Dollar a Head  »

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Gross:

ESP 17,706,559 (Spain)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Producer Dino De Laurentiis made this spaghetti western with the intention of replicating the success of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) after that movie had become a box-office hit. De Laurentiis wanted to find an American actor to rival Clint Eastwood's popularity. Reynolds had appeared in TV westerns and was part Cherokee Indian. De Laurentiis persuaded Reynolds to sign on. See more »

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When the telegraph man announces that the only telegraph line has been cut, the next scene clearly shows high-line wires behind Burt Reynolds' head. See more »

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Sheriff Elmo Reagan: But you can't, an Indian sheriff? Only ones elected in this country are Americans.
Joe: My father was born here, in the mountains. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Where was your father born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Ulp, what's that to do with it?
Joe: I said, where was he born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Uuh, in Scotland.
Joe: My father was born here, in America. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Now which of us is American?
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Navajo Nearly No!
14 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Navajo Joe is directed by Sergio Corbucci and collectively written by Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro and Piero Regnoli. It stars Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tanya Lopert and Fernando Rey. Music is by Ennico Morricone and cinematography by Silvano Ippolitti.

Though Reynolds would say it's the worst film he ever made, anyone who has followed his career will know that simply isn't the case! It's an odd Spaghetti Western that sees Reynolds play the title character, who strides out for revenge against the ragamuffin varmints who slaughtered his woman and tribe. Cue blood letting galore as Joe enacts said revenge with bloodthirsty glee as the hints of anti-racism struggle to show their heads above the pasta strewn pulpit.

Narratively there's nothing else to add, it's simplicity 101 and at times it becomes laborious. Where the film doesn't lack for interest is with the technical aspects. Corbucci hones his skills as a purveyor of brutal set pieces, each striking for entertainment purpose. Ippolitti adds his own brand of cinematography, gracing the story with a pizazz it doesn't deserve, whilst Morricone provides a wonderfully catchy musical score. As for Reynolds? He does OK. Veering close to being pantomime and showing a lack of interest, his all round brooding charisma shines bright and gives the picture a macho edge.

Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, the script is just too lazy, but it is above average and Spaghetti Western fans can find enough here to gorge on for a satisfying meal. 6/10


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