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Day of the Evil Gun (1968)

 -  Western  -  1 March 1968 (USA)
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A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lorn Warfield
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Owen Forbes
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Jimmy Noble
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Captain Jefferson Addis
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Sheriff Kelso
Nico Minardos ...
DeLeon
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Sergeant Parker (as Dean Stanton)
Pilar Pellicer ...
Lydia Yearby
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Willford
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Dr. Eli Prather
Ross Elliott ...
Reverend Yearby
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Angie Warfield
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Storekeeper
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Olan Soule ...
Dr. Marsh (Adamsville) (scenes deleted)
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A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.

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They had one enemy even more deadly than the Apaches... each other! See more »

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Western

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1 March 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Evil Gun  »

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| (Turner Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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(Metrocolor)

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Warfield jumps from standing to being mounted on his horse between shots. See more »

Quotes

Captain Jefferson Addis: I'll take the horse. Don't be a fool, Mr. Forbes. Turn around! Alive, you can still walk. Dead, you can only lay down.
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VERY grim !
13 August 2007 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

I like Glen FORD and consider this western a minor classic. Pretty unknown and still waiting to be recognized even by movie buffs this little gem has definitely not yet the reputation it deserves.

"Directed with lazy assurance" as the TIME OUT FILM GUIDE correctly writes, by veteran director Jerry Thorpe, and played with laid back gusto by all involved, this western offers a very grim and dark view on the "old west", more influenced by the Italo-western (which was in full bloom in the later 60ies) than the classic US-flick. Gunfighter FORD, aged, bored, tired and with "have-seen-it-all" eyes, comes back home just to find his wife and 2 small daughter carried away by Apaches. Arthur KENNEDY claims his wife was about to marry him and after an incredibly tough fist-fight they team up (unwillingly) to rescue them.

What follows is an odyssey through some very bizarre situations, staged with the aforementioned lazy assurance, situations, which one does not happen to see in many other US-western: everything is dark, depressing, cynical and void of any sympathy. Whereas THE SEARCHERS had some hope underneath, this is more than 10 years later and the characters, scripted by veteran scriptwriter Charles Marquis Warren, are driven by the urge to do what has to be done, but equipped with little hope. FORD plays the "lost character" in an old west with dark cynical humor, one of his best later performances. Kennedy is fine, too, and also very worth mentioning is the character played by Nico Minardos, whom you would more expect to find in any Quentin Tarantino movie than in a B-western from the later 60ies. Great rough music by Jeff Alexander! All in all a very watchable outing, made by experts, each of whom must have had a dozen or more western to his credit at the time, when they teamed up to put DAY OF THE EVIL GUN on celluloid.

Watch out for this and don't miss it, it's very well worth a viewing !


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