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Johnny Hamlet (1968)
"Quella sporca storia nel west" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Western  |  May 1972 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Andrea Giordana ...
Johnny Hamilton (as Andre Giordana)
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Horace
Horst Frank ...
Claude Hamilton
Ennio Girolami ...
Ross
Ignazio Spalla ...
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)
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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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Nice Spaghetti freely based on Shakespeare play and being well directed by Enzo G Castell
27 March 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Decent Spaghetti adaptation of Hamlet with thrills , violence , shoot'em up and well set . This Ravioli Western packs violence , shootouts , high body-count and it's fast moving and some moments genuinely entertaining . On his way back from the American Civil War (1861-1865) , Johnny (Andrea Giordana) is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father who lets him know that he has been killed and who asks him to revenge him . Back in the family mansion , Johnny aware that not only has his deceased father has been murdered but that Gerty /Gertrude (Françoise Prevost) , his mummy , has married her late husband's brother Claude Hamilton (Horst Frank) . The latter is now the proprietary of the ranch and of all the ownerships of his daddy . Santana/Polonius, a nasty Mexican outlaw , is supposed to have murdered Johnny's father. Then Johnny seeks vendetta against Santana , Claude and his underlings (Ennio Girolami , Pedro Sánchez) .

Interesting Spaghetti packs drama , thrills , action , and lots of shots and gunplay .It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonists and hoodlums . There is a huge shootout in the ranch and a breathtaking face off between Andrea Giordana and Horst Frank . Good cast as Andrea Giordana who starred ¨Massacre at Grand canyon¨ , "The Dirty Outlaws" and this ¨Johnny Hamlet¨ at his best . Nice acting by Gilbert Roland as Horace ; he starred some Spaghetti such as Sonora, Goldseekers , Any Gun Can Play and Between God , the devil and a Winchester . Horst Frank as a cruelly baddie role is terrific, he steals the spectacle as a crazed psychopath ; former and subsequently he would play similar characters in various oaters . Furthermore, there appears usual Macarroni secondary actors such as John Bartha ,Ennio Girolami , director's brother , and Ignazio Spalla or Pedro Sanchez who used to play similar roles to great Fernando Sancho . This widely deemed picture , unlike most conventional Spaghetti Western , contains exceptional setting , colorful images with an atmospheric cinematography by Angelo Filippini . Agreeable musical score by Francesco De Massi , Spaghetti's usual , including catching and evocative songs by Alessandro Alessandroni , usual collaborator to Ennio Morricone .

The motion picture was professionally filmed by Enzo G Castell . Director Enzo G achieved in "Johnny Hamlet " possibly one of his best works of an important career , with some memorable scenes , appropriate camera movement and descriptive close-ups . Enzo usually makes experimental editing techniques such as unbroken transitions from one scene to another and a cameo appearance in his films . Castellari often works with Guido and Maurizio De Angelis and uses to do slow motion shootouts and choreographic death scenes . Enzo is a good a craftsman working in all kind of genres , as he made Western especially . His first one was ¨Some dollars for Django¨ co-directed by Leon Klimovsky , but actually, for the most part of its filming by the disagreements arising with Klimovsky was realized by Enzo G. Castellari, which this film was his directorial debut in a sub-genre that became one of its greatest representatives ; in fact if you compare the beginning of "7 Winchester for a massacre" which would direct the next year and the end this one seem to be similar direction . After that , he went on directing ¨ Johnny Hamlet¨ , ¨Kill them everybody and came back alone¨, ¨Tedeum¨ , ¨Cipolla colt¨ and the masterpiece : ¨Keoma¨ and finally its inferior sequel ¨Jonathan of the Bears¨ also with Franco Nero . Some of them are serious , others are goofy and plenty of slapstick and slapdash . This ¨Johnny Hamlet¨ (1968) is a bewildering story , enjoyable in lots of parts and it will appeal to Spaghetti Western fans . It's an acceptable film , and better than a lot of the ulterior spaghetti western to come .

Other Spaghetti Westerns freely based on famous novels and plays are the followings : ¨Apocalypse Joe¨ by Leopoldo Savona with Anthony Steffen that takes elements from ¨Hamlet¨ and ¨Macbeth¨ of Shakespeare . Other Spaghetti freely based on notorious play by Shakespeare is ¨The Fury of Johnny Kid¨ by Gianni Puccini with Peter Lee Lawrence and Cristina Galbo from ¨Romeo and Giuletta¨ along with "Bullets and the Flesh" by Marino Girolami . Other Spaghetti based on known and classic plays and novels are : ¨The return of Ringo¨ by Duccio Tessari inspired on the ¨Odyssey¨, and ¨John Il Bastardo¨(1967) based on books from Zorrilla and Moliere ; ¨Long days of vengeance¨ by Florentano Vancini with Giuliano Gemma and Francisco Rabal , being based on classic novel titled ¨The count of Montecristo¨ written by Alexandre Dumas and ¨between God , the devil and a Winchester¨ based on Treasure island , being directed by Marino Girolami , father of Enzo G Castellari , with Richard Harrison , Gilbert Roland and Roberto Camardiel .


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