An American drifter becomes involved in a deadly family dispute. A powerful Mexican rancher orders the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. Jones earns the wrath of the father when he finds the body and buries it.

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Chris
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Jones
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Maggie
Roberto Camardiel ...
Don Diego
Mariano Vidal Molina ...
Ed Gray
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Barbara
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
(as Ken Wood)
Attilio Dottesio ...
Sheriff Bill
Sergio Mendizábal ...
Doctor
Sergio Colasanti
Angelo Dessy
Alejandro de Enciso ...
(as José Antonio López)
Ferdinando Poggi
Angelo Botti
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An American drifter becomes involved in a deadly family dispute. A powerful Mexican rancher orders the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. Jones earns the wrath of the father when he finds the body and buries it.

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21 March 1970 (Italy)  »

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A Dollar and a Grave  »

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2.35 : 1
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Maggie: Love is the only form of death you can recover from.
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An Unusual and Interesting Spaghetti Western.
3 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"La sfida dei MacKenna" (1970), also known as "Challenge of McKenna" and "Badlands Drifter", is a Spaghetti Western directed by León Klimovsky. The story is thus: an ex-preacher, now a drifter (played by John Ireland) gets into a deadly dispute with powerful Mexican rancher Don Diego (Roberto Camardiel). This is quite a bizarre Western for its genre: there is little action (most of which is well-staged, apart from the anti-climatic final confrontation) and has a lot of Catholic symbolism (the dramatic and striking first scene for example, where a man is hung on a cross against the skyline). The acting, for this wordy movie is excellent: Ireland, while too old for the part is believable and moving as a man who has lost his faith and Robert Woods as Chris, son of Diego, is in one of his best roles. The film is well-served by Klimovsky's direction and the screenplay is strange but riveting. Only one thing blot's this film, and that is the romantic sub-plot that is totally redundant and unnecessary. However, apart from that, this is an unusual Spaghetti Western well-worth seeing.


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