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And God Said to Cain (1970)
"E Dio disse a Caino..." (original title)

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Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

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Peter Carsten ...
Acombar
Marcella Michelangeli ...
Maria
Guido Lollobrigida ...
Miguel Santamaria (as Lee Burton)
Antonio Cantafora ...
Dick Acombar
Giuliano Raffaelli ...
Doctor
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Francesco Santamaria (as Alan Collins)
Lucio De Santis
María Luisa Sala ...
Rosy
Joaquín Blanco
Giacomo Furia ...
Juanito
Furio Meniconi ...
Mike
Luigi Bonos ...
Joë (as Gigi Bonos)
Marco Morelli
Franco Gulà ...
Old guns dealer
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Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

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Rocks, Blood and Sand
Lyrics by Don Powell
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Klaus Kinski, freed after being framed, seeks revenge on Peter Carsten and gets it
18 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched a widescreen version that was well-dubbed, had a strong sound track, but was only a fair print, especially in the many night scenes.

Little by little, I am seeing more movies with Kinski. He's the protagonist here with a solid role. I was impressed. The director showed him a lot in low shots, expressing his authority, or in closeups, showing his expressive large eyes. Sources say he was 5 foot 8 inches but he looks taller and more rugged than that in this movie. Peter Carsten, with his rugged chiseled features, consistently conveyed his character's consternation and apprehension at the re-appearance of Kinski, whom he had framed. Marcella Michelangeli made a suitable femme fatale, who had betrayed Kinski.

The production and overall movie is certainly quite good. This includes direction and music. Direction was above average. Music had a good spaghetti western feel. The story is a simple revenge tale, in which Kinski is a kind of avenging ghost out of Carsten's past. He thought Kinski would be imprisoned forever, but he was pardoned. This is not a horror story at all. There are some neat shots of silhouettes and action against the sky. The wind and church bell play a prominent part in the sound. There is a mirror scene reminiscent of The Lady from Shanghai.

The negatives are these. The story is too linear, too simple and involves a lengthy night sequence in which Kinski eliminates much of Carsten's entourage. Most of the action was hard to see. No doubt the bad print contributed. Some parts of this sequence built up tension, like a one on one scene in a tunnel where Kinski was being followed, and footsteps were being hidden by the sound of his footsteps in the mud. But from what I could tell, lots of the other shootings weren't built up to have that kind of tension.

The story regains momentum when Carsten's son and wife get involved.

This is a case where we really wish we had a restored print to view, but the available DVD doesn't offer that at all. I for one appreciate being able to see most old movies, this one included. I was in a spaghetti western mood, and this filled the bill.


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