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Death Rides a Horse (1967)
"Da uomo a uomo" (original title)

 -  Western  -  31 August 1967 (Italy)
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In the Old West a little boy witnesses the murder of his family by gunmen and grows up with plans to track them all down, and kill them.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Walcott / Bandito
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Burt Cavanaugh
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Paco / One-Eye
José Torres ...
Pedro (as Jose Torres)
Felicita Fanny ...
Ragazza del villaggio
Ignazio Leone ...
Ex-pastore
Archie Savage ...
Vigro - Mulatto
Franco Balducci ...
Sceriffo / Sheriff
Romano Puppo ...
Vice sceriffo / Deputy Sheriff
Walter Giulangeli ...
Sr. Meceita - Padre di Bill
Elena Hall ...
Sra. Meceita - Madre di Bill
Vivienne Bocca ...
Sorella di Bill
Carlo Pisacane ...
Capostazione - Holly Spring
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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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murder | framed | revenge | boy | gunfighter | See more »

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This is revenge... And there's nothing sweet about it! See more »

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Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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The original title of the film was "Duel in the Wind." Lee Van Cleef came up with the Italian title while discussing the movie with John Phillip Law who sighted the film was a "man to man" story. Van Cleef remarked, "Why don't they call it 'From Man to Man'?" The Italian producers liked how it sounded in Italian ("Da Uomo a Uomo") so much they used it. And then the film was subsequently retitled "Death Rides a Horse" in English speaking markets, which Law said he never liked. See more »

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When we first see Bill Meceita (John Phillip Law), he is practicing his shooting. The first revolver he shoots, a six-shot Colt Peacemaker, turns out to be a 9 shooter, and the second is an 11 shooter. See more »

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Bill: Fifteen years, there's been no new track. Only a spur. Then you come along, and there's three spurs.
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References For a Few Dollars More (1965) See more »

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Death Rides A Horse (Vocal version)
Composed by Maurizio Graf and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Raul Lovecchio
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DEATH RIDES A HORSE (Giulio Petroni, 1967) ***
24 August 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most legendary Spaghetti Western titles (also because, until recently, it was so difficult to watch in decent form having fallen into the Public Domain), a fine revenge drama well handled by former documentarist Petroni (this was his first genre effort) - though it's somewhat overlong and slowly-paced to boot!

Once again, we have the tension-filled relationship between two unlikely characters - one the experienced and betrayed ex-con Lee Van Cleef and the other the brash and hate-filled youth John Philip Law - both gunning after the same gang seeking revenge. They're not exactly allies but when one hasn't preceded the other and their paths cross, they tend to help each other out (though it's more often Van Cleef who has to watch over the still-green Law); in one memorable and oft re-used scene, the latter is interred up to his neck and left to the mercy of insects, vultures and the scorching desert sun! The villains include Euro-Cult favorite Luigi Pistilli (his role here was basically replicated for Sergio Corbucci's THE GREAT SILENCE [1968]) and veteran British actor Anthony Dawson.

The twist at the end - also one which has seen much service, particularly in recent thrillers - is very effective, threatening to dissolve the growing friendship between the two men (Van Cleef has actually come to consider Law as the son he never had!) and which compels them to a face-off (with surprising results). Ennio Morricone's odd and mostly vocal score was actually utilized by Quentin Tarantino for his KILL BILL (2003/4) saga.

I had first watched this via a PD-release and this re-acquaintance came by way of a VHS recording off Cable TV, still in an English-dubbed (though, at least, featuring the leads' own voices) pan-and-scan version; I was aware that the film had been issued on R2 DVD by MGM, though I wasn't sure if the Italian track was included. Still, in spite of the lowly price, the utter lack of extras has dissuaded me from a purchase - given that it's yet to receive an official release on R1 and it may very well turn up in a SE from Italy (the director's subsequent film, TEPEPA [1968; reviewed below], received the deluxe 2-Disc treatment, with Petroni himself contributing an intermittent Audio Commentary!)...


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