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Face to Face (1967)
"Faccia a faccia" (original title)

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History Professor Brad Fletcher heads west for his health, but falls in with Soloman Bennett's outlaw gang. Fascinated by their way of life, Fletcher finally takes over the gang, leading ... See full summary »

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Professor Brett Fletcher
William Berger ...
Jolanda Modio ...
Maria
Gianni Rizzo ...
Williams
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Cattle Annie
Ángel del Pozo ...
Maximilian de Winton
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Zachary Chase (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Nello Pazzafini ...
Vance
José Torres ...
Aaron Chase
Federico Boido ...
The Sheriff of Purgatory City (as Rick Boyd)
Guy Heron
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Fair Woman with Fletcher
Antonio Casas ...
Wild Bunch Member
Frank Braña ...
Jason
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History Professor Brad Fletcher heads west for his health, but falls in with Soloman Bennett's outlaw gang. Fascinated by their way of life, Fletcher finally takes over the gang, leading with a new 'efficient' ruthlessness. Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

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ESP 56,188,659 (Spain)
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German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc. See more »

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Colt Single Action Army Revolvers (Peacemakers), and self-contained cartridges are used. Both did not make an appearance until after the Civil War, where the film takes place. See more »

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Professor Brett Fletcher: In pain, eh. You must know that torture is important, Wallace, because it lifts the morale of the torturer. Were you not taught that at the university? You were trapped by your higher education. It leaves its own smell on you, I know it too well.
Wallace: I know you do and I can't imagine how a man of your background could.
Professor Brett Fletcher: On the contrary, what is surprising is that a man like me could remain all those years watching life as a spectator before he discovered the force that was in him, but... Do you have...
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A Pitch Perfect Spaghetti Western.
5 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Face to Face" (1967), directed by Sergio Sollima, who made only three Spaghetti Westerns, all now considered classic in the genre, the other two being "The Big Gundown" (1966) and "Run Man, Run" (1968), is a great Western, Spaghetti or otherwise, with a trio of great performances from Gian Maria Volonté, Tomas Milian and William Berger.

The plot, an allegory on the rise of Fascism in Europe, concerns a sickly teacher from New England called Brad Fletcher (Volonté), who is kidnapped by by a wounded outlaw, Solomon "Beauregard" Bennet (Milian), and they form a friendship, and eventually Fletcher joins Bennet's gang, which unleashes Fletcher's inner "heart of darkness", while Bennet starts to question his role as a bandit.

With a potent script by Sergio Donati and himself, Sollima loads the screen with great action scenes, gunfights and duels, all the while showcasing Volonté's brilliant performance, as his character completely transforms for the wore, as Milian's role shows him going the exact opposite way. It is a stark tale of contrast, powered by an epic Ennio Morricone score (conducted by a composer of not inconsiderable talent, Bruno Nicolai), grand direction, and photography (by Emilio Foriscot and Rafael Pacheco) and editing (by Eugenio Alabiso), with art direction by Carlo Simi, who worked on Sergio Leone's masterly "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966). A Spaghetti masterpiece, which is one for the Top 10 Western lists.


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