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Release Date:
31 August 1967 (Italy) See more »
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This is revenge... And there's nothing sweet about it! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Van Cleef ... Ryan

John Phillip Law ... Bill Meceita

Luigi Pistilli ... Walcott / Bandito

Anthony Dawson ... Burt Cavanaugh

Mario Brega ... 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
Nazzareno Natale ... Bandito con Pedro (as Natale Nazareno)
Nerina Montagnani ... Moglie dell'ex-pastore
Nino Vingelli ... Giocatore / Card Player
Guglielmo Spoletini ... Manuel - Complice di Walcott
Bruno Corazzari ... Complice di Walcott
Angelo Susani ... Complice di Walcott
Mario Mandalari ... Complice di Walcott
Ennio Pagliani ... Complice di Walcott
Giovanni Petrucci ... Complice di Walcott
José Terrón ... Complice di Walcott
Richard Watson ... Barista / Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni ... Coro / Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
Remo Capitani ... Scorta di oro (uncredited)
Carla Cassola ... Betsy (uncredited)
Giuseppe Castellano ... Sceriffo (uncredited)
Raul Lovecchio ... Cantante (voice) (uncredited)
Alba Maiolini ... Abitante di paese (uncredited)
Claudio Ruffini ... Guardiano di prigione (uncredited)
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Directed by
Giulio Petroni 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and screenplay

Produced by
Henryk Chrosicki .... producer (as Henry Chroscick)
Alfonso Sansone .... producer (as Al Sansone)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
 
Production Design by
Franco Bottari 
 
Set Decoration by
Rosa Cristina 
 
Costume Design by
Luciano Sagoni 
Enzo Bulgarelli (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Maurizio Giustini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gianni Minervini .... production manager
Nicolò Pomilia .... general manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Enrico Bergier .... assistant director (as Enrique Bergier)
Mario Molli .... assistant director
Giancarlo Santi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rosa Sansone .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Elio Pacella .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Sergio Sagnotti .... special effects
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Romano Puppo .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
Romano Puppo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlo Carlini .... camera operator
Gastone Di Giovanni .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurizio Graf .... composer: song "Da uomo a uomo"
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni .... chorus (uncredited)
Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni .... musician (uncredited)
Raul Lovecchio .... singer (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Da uomo a uomo" - Italy (original title)
"As Man to Man" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for some western violence (re-rating) (2012)
Runtime:
USA:114 min | Italy:120 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2012) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Ryan:Two lessons, my son. First, watch behind you. Second, count your shots - four bullets for one man, that's a waste.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Death Rides A Horse (Vocal version)See more »

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36 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Good movie, bad DVD, 22 May 2004
Author: EyeDunno from United States

Death Rides a Horse is one that Spaghetti Western fans (and fans of Lee Van Cleef) would thoroughly enjoy. The FILM is most watchable (read below about the DVD and possible hopes for a Region 1 letterbox DVD release), and Van Cleef is at his best in this one, playing a thug who is betrayed by his com padres. We usually see him playing the ultimate bad guy in most of his films, with his knife-deep stare filling the screen. At times, though, Van Cleef exposes his compassionate side for just a tease, and then just as quickly masks his inner humanity behind The Stare, as he plays Ryan, who arm-wrestles throughout the movie with stubborn youngster Bill (John Phillip Law), who has forsaken his lady and his life by embracing only revenge - and a single spur - after watching his father murdered, only to then bear witness to his mother and older sister brutalized at the hands of an out-of-control gang, greedy for gold.

The match-up between Ryan and Bill is one that plays itself out quite well, as Ryan acts as surrogate father, dishing out advice through some memorable quotes, teaching young Bill with his words and actions. Bill's anger is worn heavily on his sleeve, while Ryan steadily and calmly works out his own dishes of revenge, suppressing his anger even better than his empathy for Bill, which he touches on even as the pair first meet. Phillip Law was okay, but not thoroughly convincing as a bitter young man who witnessed his family's killing. Every once in a while, he might could have done just another take or two, but it's an easy pill to swallow since Van Cleef balances him out.

I wouldn't want to go deeper into reviewing the movie, except that there's a nice plot twist somewhere inside the film. Many of the actors seen in this 1968 film have been in films by the great Sergio Leone. It seems that there was a core of actors who performed in a number of Italian Westerns, and for good reason: the chemistry was there. Add a good dose of Ennio Morricone film scores, and you have the potential for a quite watchable film. Most spaghetti's would be overcooked and unpalatable if not for Morricone music, which acts as an unseen, yet incredibly talented main character.

Once in a while, the dialog (like Bill's off-balance delivery: "I'll find out who he is. If he is who I think he is...get ready to get mad") detracts from the slow and steady pace of Death Rides a Horse (that line makes me want to Kill Bill, myself), but the overall storyline works well enough to entertain Spaghetti Western fans. There are very few plot holes to pick at in the film, which has an air of dread or darkness throughout much of its length. A lighter moment always seems to pop in just when the viewer might like to come up for air (like a character who offers Bill a kiss).

For those concerned about bad or unbelievable endings, Death Rides delivers without disappointment.

Now, for the DVD: Sadly, there seems to be no Region 1 release that does this nice yet overlooked film, justice. Mine, which is a 2-4-1 DVD with "God's Gun" on the same side, and "Quality" as the title logo, is horribly lacking in everything but bad quality, perhaps one of the worst DVD productions I have EVER seen. The letterboxed original, cropped to pan/scan, suffers from multi-generational degradation of image quality.

One particular scene that makes the argument to respect the director's intent by preserving a film's original screen aspect ratio is the card game between Bill and Burt Cavanaugh (Anthony Dawson). Watch as the camera pans the players. Terrible cuts were placed into the scene at the card table as the camera panned the players, in order to preserve timing since the film transfer is a TV format crop from letterbox. It's an unforgivable way to present such a scene, which can lead the viewer to believe that it was the fault of a lazy film editor, or an incompetent director . I can't wait to see the film in its original format.

There is not one frame in my DVD that has any kind of decent image quality with respect to color, tone, or saturation. Its terribly washed out and either too contrasty and bright, or too muddy and dark, and neither extreme results in any texture. And in some scenes, the image degrades to a pixelated mess, which you'll see in the opening scene, and it returns of and on throughout the presentation. The only reason I watch it again and again is to enjoy the Morricone tracks and view an entertaining film. MGM has released a PAL-Region 2 DVD, and subsequent DVD reviews suggest that they finally did "Death Rides a Horse" justice. It has the original letterbox (2.35:1) and infinitely better video quality. Search online for some businesses in the UK as I will, and once I get it, I'll burn my copy and play it in my region-free DVD player.

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