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The Big Gundown (1966)

La resa dei conti (original title)
Approved | | Western | 29 November 1966 (Spain)
Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

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Cast

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Walter Barnes ...
Nieves Navarro ...
Gérard Herter ...
Baron von Schulenberg (as Gerard Herter)
María Granada ...
Rosita Sanchez
Roberto Camardiel ...
Sheriff Jellicol (as Robert Camardiel)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Chet Miller (as Angel del Pozo)
Luisa Rivelli ...
Willow Creek Prostitute
Tom Felleghy ...
Father of Chet Miller (as Tom Felleghi)
Calisto Calisti ...
Mr. Linch
Benito Stefanelli ...
Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini ...
Ex-Union Outlaw
Antonio Casas ...
Father Smith & Wesson
José Torres ...
Paco Molinas
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Storyline

Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia, translated by Philip-12

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Mr. Ugly hits town! BIG action! BIG excitement! See more »

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Also Known As:

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(Westrex Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite having played on US television over the years, the film never received a physical home release in America until 2013. See more »

Goofs

At around an hour and twenty minutes into the movie there is a scene where a girl is carrying a tray with 6 glasses of which 5 are full and 1 is empty. In the next shot however there are 7 glasses on the tray of which 3 are full and 4 are empty. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Corbett: [after discovering that he has been tricked by Cuchillo into thinking he was bit by a snake] If you don't kill me right now... it'll be the last mistake you ever make.
Cuchillo Sanchez: But to kill you is a big mistake. If I kill you, they'll just send another man after me who's much smarter, MUCH.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Man, Run
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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A FINE TASTE OF SPAGHETTI.
19 February 2000 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

Sergio Sollima's gripping and operatic spaghetti western is one of the greatest in this under-rated sub genre.Lee Van Cleef was never better than here as Jonathan Corbett,a legendary gunfighter and would be congressman who is hired to track down a child murderer.His pursuit of this man played with panache by Thomas Milian is plagued by doubts that maybe this is not the man he should be chasing;these doubts are well realised and lead to the final big gundown that gives the film its title.The music by Ennio Morricone is rousing and memorable and gives this exciting film its own identity.This is a tale of rugged men who live by rugged codes in a rugged country.Get rugged and join Van Cleef in his relentless mission.


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