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Director:
Writers:
Warren Kiefer (story)
Mino Roli (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
March 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Outlaw Sheriff - Within the Law, Without the Law, Beyond the Law.
Plot:
A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it. | Add synopsis »
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one of the worst Italian westerns See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Lee Van Cleef ... Billy Joe Cudlip
Antonio Sabato ... Ben Novack

Gordon Mitchell ... Burton

Lionel Stander ... Preacher

Bud Spencer ... James Cooper
Graziella Granata ... Sally Davis
Herbert Fux ... Eustaccio / Denholm
Carlo Gaddi ... Bandit #2
Ann Smyrner ... Lola / Betty
Enzo Fiermonte ... Sheriff John Ferguson
Hans Elwenspoek ... Mr. Davis
Adriana Facchetti ... Hotel owner
Romano Puppo ... Sam - Burton Bandit
Günther Stoll ... Burtons Right Hand
Valentina Arrigoni ... Lola
Ferdinando Poggi
Nino Nini ... Old Man in Stagecoach
Salvatore Billa ... Diego - Burton Henchman
Sergio Ferrero
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Castellano ... Miner (uncredited)
Enrico Chiappafreddo ... Pistolero (uncredited)
Al Hoosmann ... Preacher's associate (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... (uncredited)
Giovanni Ukmar ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Sergio Ukmar ... Cowbpy (uncredited)

Directed by
Giorgio Stegani 
 
Writing credits
Warren Kiefer (story)

Mino Roli (screenplay) &
Giorgio Stegani (screenplay) &
Fernando Di Leo (screenplay) &
Warren Kiefer (screenplay) &
Inge Hilger (screenplay)

Produced by
Henryk Chroscicki .... producer (as Enrico Chroscicki)
Alfonso Sansone .... producer
Luggi Waldleitner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Enzo Serafin 
 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
Edith Schuman 
 
Production Design by
Franco Bottari 
Wolf Englert 
 
Set Decoration by
Rosa Cristina 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Baroni 
 
Makeup Department
Armenio Marroni .... hair stylist
Mimma Pomilia .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Franco Palaggi .... production manager
Luciano Pesciaroli .... production supervisor
Nicolò Pomilia .... general manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Günther Klein .... assistant director
Vito Minore .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Massimo Giustini .... property master
Rosalba Gristina .... set dresser
Mimma Pomilia .... assistant property master
Nicola Tamburo .... assistant production designer (as Nicola Tamburro)
 
Sound Department
Elio Pacella .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francesca Panicali .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Nadia Bonifazi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
 
Other crew
Marina Chierici .... script supervisor
Raffaello Forti .... administrative secretary
Lamberto Palmieri .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Al di là della legge" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min | Germany:109 min (DVD version)
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1970) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Anachronisms: When handed a rifle, Ben Novack says it's a little bigger than the one he used in Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was not a country until 1918; this movie never states the exact year it takes place but it's clearly in the 1800s.See more »
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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
one of the worst Italian westerns, 31 August 2011
Author: Sandy Petersen from Rockwall, Texas

Not really a "spaghetti' western, though filmed in Italy. No one wears a duster, and it's not really very violent till near the end. The movie has a weird "European" feel to it, as if the makers had no idea what the Wild West was really like. The "villagers" of Silvertown have an Old World style festival, for instance, everyone polkaing and playing happy music that would have been perfect for Oktoberfest.

Other errors are rife. One of the heroes claims to come from "Czechoslovakia"!? (A nation that didn't exist at the time - anyone who came from the area would have said they were from Bohemia, Moravia, or Austria-Hungary). Bullets are stopped by thin wooden slats. Pistols outshoot rifles. Guns can't hit a man less than 30 yards away because he's "too high up". A guy is hit by a bullet wound right in the middle of his left chest, and the wound is declared to be "not serious". A saloon singer sings, and behaves, like a European cabaret star. A western stable names a horse Taras Bulba. It's unintentionally hilarious.

Sadly when the movie tries to be funny, it catastrophically fails. The "humorous" bible-quoting crook has a long unfunny scene with a group of kids that makes no sense at all in my dubbed version. Maybe it was funnier in Italian.

There are also errors of plot. Lee Van Cleef is first seen on horseback. But a major theme for the next 45 minutes of the movie is how he needs to get himself a horse. There is a big scene where Van Cleef defends the dubious virtue of a dance hall girl, but then he never picks up on a potential romance with her. She just gets discarded along with other plot points.

Van Cleef is fun to watch as always. The other actors are varying degrees of suckitude, and the movie, in general, makes little sense. There are a couple of reasonably good scenes, which I guess is reason enough to watch this if you got it in a pack of 20 Westerns, which I did. But it sure as heck isn't worth looking up on its own, unless you are writing a book on Lee Van Cleef or something.

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