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A Bullet for Sandoval (1969)
"Los desesperados" (original title)

 -  Western  -  May 1970 (USA)
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A soldier deserts his outfit the night before a major battle, after receiving an urgent message. He heads across the border to Mexico to marry his pregnant girlfriend before she gives birth... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Don Pedro Sandoval
George Hilton ...
John Warner
Annabella Incontrera ...
Rosa
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Lucky
Leo Anchóriz ...
Monk
Gustavo Rojo ...
Guadalupano
Manuel de Blas
Manuel Miranda ...
Francisco
José Manuel Martín ...
Cross-Eyed Guy
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Sam
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Morton
Luis Barboo
Charly Bravo
José Guardiola
Andrés Mejuto
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A soldier deserts his outfit the night before a major battle, after receiving an urgent message. He heads across the border to Mexico to marry his pregnant girlfriend before she gives birth. Her father had forbidden their marriage, but the soldier is determined. Circumstances turn the soldier into an outlaw who vows vengeance on everyone involved. Written by ms_sunshine

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A gritty story of seething hatred and thrilling adventure.

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Western

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Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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May 1970 (USA)  »

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ESP 35,610,393 (Spain)
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Sometimes it is falsely claimed the movie was co-directed by Lucio Fulci, but this is not true. Actor George Hilton has stated so in many interviews. See more »

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Well Told Revenge Story
14 November 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Confederate soldier George Hilton abandons his post in order to go and marry the expectant mother of his child, the daughter of wealthy Spanish landowner Don Pedro Sandoval (Ernest Borgnine), before it's too late. Captured, he escapes and arrives in time to find the baby's mother having already died in child-birth.

Her angry father sends the wanted Hilton and the baby out into the darkness where he gathers together a group of misfits to wreak vengeance on all who refused to help his son, especially Sandoval.

One memorable scene has Hilton attacking a petty fearful man who previously denied the starving infant milk, drowning him in a bucket of it.

A good Spanish/Italian co-production, the first half of A Bullet For Sandoval is so strong in terms of character development and emotions that the rest of the movie suffers by comparison.

Still, it's definitely worth watching and one of the best European westerns, with good performances by Hilton and Borgnine and a great climax in a bullfighting arena.


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