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Death Rides a Horse (1967)

Da uomo a uomo (original title)
A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Walcott's Henchman in Waistcoat
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Walcott
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Burt Cavanaugh
José Torres ...
Pedro (as Jose Torres)
Franco Balducci ...
Sceriffo
Bruno Corazzari ...
Walcott's Bartender
Felicita Fanny ...
Martita
Ignazio Leone ...
Ex-pastore
Carlo Pisacane ...
Capostazione
Angelo Susani ...
Paco
Guglielmo Spoletini ...
Manuel
Vivienne Bocca ...
Sorella di Bill
Walter Giulangeli ...
Sr. Meceita
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Storyline

As a child, Bill witnesses the murder of his family by four robbers. Fifteen years later, he embarks on his revenge. During his quest, he crosses paths with Ryan, an ex-con who wants the money the robbers owe him. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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When You've Waited Fifteen Years To Find A Man... It's A Shame You Can Only Kill Him Once! See more »

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Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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31 August 1967 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Bollywood hit Zanjeer starring Amitabh Bachhan,Jaya Bhaduri n Pran is inspired by this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the bad guys charge the village after the fire is gone, there are lot more than there were before. Also, the same people fall off their horses in identical scenes right after each other. See more »

Quotes

Wolcott: I've been working at this for years. Building their confidence in me, the citizens, as well as the governor of this state. But the most important thing is that finally, believe it or not, I have in my bank more than a million dollars, now. The funds the state deposited with me in view of our future public works. What do you think, Ryan? Should I build their stupid old public works with this mountain of dollars?
[Walcott's bandits laugh]
Wolcott: Well, they don't think I should. I guess I'll have to go ...
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Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Death Rides A Horse (Vocal version)
Composed by Maurizio Graf (as Attansio) and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Raul Lovecchio (as Raoul)
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Pass the "HOT SAUCE"
28 July 2003 | by (Toronto, CANADA) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the better "spaghetti" westerns to come along ... far better than the putrid "Django" series with Italian actor, Franco Nero...

The scenery chewing Lee van Cleef is perfect as the avenging angel to beautiful blue eyed hunky ingenue, John Phillip Law, who must have captured the hearts of the director of photography with that sweet face of his because there are so many intense closeups of his pretty blue eyes that it dominates half the movie ...

Nonetheless, the movie is about John's character, Bill, who as a child, witnesses the robbery, rape & murder of his family by Van Cleef and his less than band of merry men .. who subsequently leave Cleef's character to take the blame and force him to 15 years of hard slave labour in a chain gang ... but, after his release he goes on a revenge bend and tracks down his former mates ..

He manages to meet up with Bill and at first the two spare off at each other like a snake & mongoose, but, they come to trust each other from a distance, in as much, as busting each other out of jail, to ultimately team up to take down the motley gang ....

Along the way, there are a lot of stringy musical interludes teamed up with intense facial closeup shots to show either grief or fear or anger .. which closely resemble as the same expression, but this movie is still one of the best tried and true and the surprise ending left me jumping out of my seat wanting to fast forward to the end just to see how Law & Cleef finally gel..

I would highly recommend this film as pure cinematic genius counseled with fine acting and great supporting characters .. Pedro and Paco are so bad they're good ..

Fans of John Phillip Law will not be disappointed, well, maybe by his monotone panned John Wayne vocal impression, but his pretty face and great body in those pants of his, paired with the gun belt, will make you wish that time crept slowly ... so you could stare at him a little while longer..

Lee Van Cleef shirtless or stripped to his waist is twice the bonus ..

This film is a gem .. highly recommended .. 8/10 all the way :-)


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