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God Was in the West, Too, at One Time (1968)

Anche nel west c'era una volta Dio (original title)
A man gains access to a treasure map and persuades a guide (Juan Chasquisdo) to accompany him in his search to recover it. Both are pursued by bandits.

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(as Dario Silvestri)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Juan Chasquisdo
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Father Pat Jordan
Ennio Girolami ...
Marco Serraldo
Folco Lulli ...
Colonel Bob Ford
Raf Baldassarre ...
Batch
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Marta
Roberto Camardiel ...
Uncle Pink
Humberto Sempere ...
Teddy
Luis Barboo ...
Zed
Gonzalo de Esquiroz ...
(as Gonzalo Esquiroz)
Rocco Lerro
José Luis Lluch
Mirella Pamphili
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xan das Bolas
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Storyline

A stranger being chased by bandits dies in an accident, but not before he has had a chance to hide a treasure map the bandits wanted. A boy witnesses where it was hidden, retrieves it and passes it on to the local preacher. The preacher recognizes that much of the treasure was likely that from a local mission. He sets out to get it before the bandits find it. Written by Fryingham

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An orgy of bloodletting that very few will survive.

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Western

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R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 October 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

God Was in the West, Too, at One Time  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 52430 delivered on 2-10-1968. See more »

Connections

Referenced in O faflatas (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart Of Stone
Composed by Carlo Savina
Vocals Performed by Raul Lovecchio (as Raoul)
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God was in the West, too, at one time
11 September 2016 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 1968 and directed by Marino Girolami, "Between God, the Devil and a Winchester" (originally titled "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time") is an Italo oater starring Richard Harrison as a pacifist in the Southwest who obtains a map from a boy that leads to a treasure allegedly stolen from a mission. Several other people want the treasure too, like Juan Chasquisdo (Gilbert Roland), but likely for less noble purposes. The story's (supposedly) based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which I've never read.

"Between God, the Devil and a Winchester" has the limitations of most Spaghetti Westerns, like dubious dubbing, awkward editing, laughable sound effects and caricatures rather than characters. But, if you can look beyond these flaws, it has several attributes, like the noble Harrison as the protagonist, which is in contrast to the amoral characters (caricatures) typical of Italian oaters.

The first act takes place at a Western Inn and is highlighted by the stunning Dominique Boschero as Marta. Dominique is so breathtaking she's almost worth the price of admission; unfortunately, she's removed from the story by the end of the first act. Roland as Chasquisdo is memorable, if for no other reason than the iron gauntlet on one hand.

The next two acts involve searching for and finding the treasure and aren't as good as the opening act. For one, there are a few nighttime sequences that are too dark to tell what's happening. But the ending is decent and satisfying. Too bad they omitted Marta from the last two acts.

The film runs 98 minutes and was shot in Spain.

GRADE: C+


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