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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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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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murder | framed | revenge | boy | gunfighter | See more »

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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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Western

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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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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 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

Walcott Henchman: You! Who are you?
Bill: Someone who takes his anger out on men.
Walcott Henchman: What are you trying to say? That I'm afraid?
Bill: You've got a stupid face, but you get it.
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References Rio Bravo (1959) 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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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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