Death Rides a Horse (1966)
"Da uomo a uomo" (original title)

R  |   |  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:
Walcott's Henchman in Waistcoat
Burt Cavanaugh
José Torres ...
Pedro (as Jose Torres)
Franco Balducci ...
Bruno Corazzari ...
Walcott's Bartender
Felicita Fanny ...
Ignazio Leone ...
Carlo Pisacane ...
Angelo Susani ...
Guglielmo Spoletini ...
Vivienne Bocca ...
Sorella di Bill
Walter Giulangeli ...
Sr. Meceita


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 <>

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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 1967 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

As Man to Man  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After the bank robbery, Ryan is dumped by the bandits on the road the next morning to be captured. The following scene returns to the night of the robbery. The Sheriff is making his initial inquiries when Ryan is delivered to him as a prisoner. See more »


Ryan: Watch out for these things.
[tosses Cavanaugh back his Derringer]
Ryan: We wouldn't want you to get hurt... Not yet.
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Referenced in Red Dead Revolver (2004) See more »


Death Rides A Horse
Composed by Maurizio Graf (as Attansio) and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni
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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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