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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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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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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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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 Bill talks to the girl in the inn, before the bandits arrive, the long shot shows her face in shadows. When it goes to a closer shot, her right eye has was highlighted by sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: We both got an old account to settle with the same people. Only I want to take first crack at 'em.
Bill: We could go on together.
Ryan: No, son, you got too much hate in you. Sooner or later, that's gonna get you in trouble.
Bill: Hate is hate. There's no two ways...
Ryan: Somebody once wrote that revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold. As hot as you are, you're liable to end with indigestion. No, I'm going on alone.
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Death Rides A Horse
Composed by Maurizio Graf and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni
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Death Rides a Horse': Can you beat that title??
7 May 2003 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Can you beat a title like that? 'Death Rides a Horse...' Only the Italians could come up with something like that.

Western vengeance tale with John Phillip Law going after those who murdered his family, 15 years after the fact. Van Cleef has a connection to these murders which will become apparent towards the end of the film. I won't give away the spoiler, here.

What must have been shocking and brutal for 1967 was the fact that white men were shown to gun down women and children, something a Hollywood western would never touch unless they were depicting the Indians doing it. That was OK since they were bloodthirsty, heathen savages who had no morals and could be portrayed as such.

But for 'civilized' white men to do so, that was a no-no. No wonder John Wayne hated these kinds of westerns. They threw the 'code of the west' right out the window.

Putting aside Van Cleef's appearance in Leone's westerns, I would rate this one as high as 'The Big Gundown' (1967) and 'Sabata' (1970) as my all-time favorites.

And yes, the Morricone score goes well with the film. Especially the scenes where Ryan (Van Cleef) has just walked out the door of a prison and is buying the horse, and later when he meets Bill (Law) for the first time (as an adult) on his farm. Man, that score is unnerving. If you can track it down on old vinyl or CD, buy it. Nothing beats those soaring choruses or Spanish guitars, jangling tensely in the background.

Get's an 8 out of 10 for sheer entertainment value...


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