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Johnny Hamlet (1968)

Quella sporca storia nel west (original title)
PG | | Drama, Western | May 1972 (USA)
On his way back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father who lets him know that he has been murdered and who asks him to avenge him. Back in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrea Giordana ...
Johnny Hamilton (as Andre Giordana)
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Horace
Horst Frank ...
Claude Hamilton
Ennio Girolami ...
Ross
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Guild (as Pedro Sanchez)
Françoise Prévost ...
Gertry
Stefania Careddu ...
Betty
Manuel Serrano ...
Santana
Franco Latini ...
Il becchino
Giorgio Sammartino ...
Polonio - il sheriff (as Giorgio Sanmartin)
Gabriella Boccardo ...
Emily (as Gabriella Grimaldi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ugo Adinolfi
John Bartha
Franco Leo
Claudio Trionfi
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On his way back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father who lets him know that he has been murdered and who asks him to avenge him. Back in the family ranch, Johnny finds that not only has his father been killed but that Gertrude, his mother, has married her late husband's brother Claude. The latter is now the owner of the ranch and of all the properties of the deceased. Polonius, a ruthless bandit, is supposed to have killed Johnny's father. But couldn't it be Claude...? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Western

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May 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Loosely based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Find The Man
Written by Francesco De Masi, Alessandro Alessandroni and Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maurizio Graf
Produced by Edizioni CAM
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Highly enjoyable
28 December 2005 | by (Cologne, Germany) – See all my reviews

This underrated spaghetti western, based on an idea by Sergio Corbucci and directed by Enzo Castellari of Keoma fame, sports excellent cinematography, a nice soundtrack by the recently deceased Francesco De Masi and an impressive cast. While the protagonist, played by Andrea Giordani, is the usual spaghetti 'avenging hero' fare, the highly charismatic Horst Frank and the rest of the cast do a great job. The 'Hamlet' theme injects a lot of originality into the vengeance story, the intro dream sequence being very surreal and creative. And while you will not find a deep, meaningful version of 'Hamlet' here, lots of religious metaphors are around and, along with the healthy dose of humor (which not everyone will appreciate) make this one of the more intelligent euro westerns around. Definitely recommended.


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