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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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. Lynch
Benito Stefanelli ...
Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini ...
Hondo - Ex-Union Outlaw
Antonio Casas ...
Brother 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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Western

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29 November 1966 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Gundown  »

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| (edited) | (original U.S. theatrical release) | (Blu-ray extended special edition)

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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

Cuchillo Sanchez: By yourself, you couldn't catch a limping snail!
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Connections

References Seven Samurai (1954) 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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Excellent Spaghetti Western with a rousing score.
3 July 2001 | by (Nottingham) – See all my reviews

What I liked about this film was an intriguing storyline, superb music by Ennio Morricone and Lee Van Cleef. The action scenes are almost on a par with Leone's films and Van Cleef is top-notch (more convincing as a 'good guy').

After watching my tape of this film, I found out that it was a (badly-cut-by-Columbia) 84 min version. This would explain some confusing sections of the dialogue/narrative.

I'm told that the fuller versions (there is one of 114 min) are superior. Let's hope this film gets a decent treatment on DVD (hello Sony-Columbia) - it certainly deserves it more than most.


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