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Heaven with a Gun (1969)

M  |   |  Western  |  May 1969 (Austria)
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In the small western town Vinegarroon the conflict between cattle and sheep breeders escalates. When a stranger appears in the town, the ranchers suspect he's a gun man, hired by the sheep ... See full summary »

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Jim Killian / Pastor Jim
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Madge McCloud (saloon owner)
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Leloopa (Indian girl)
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Asa Beck (cattleman)
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Coke Beck (Asa's son)
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Mace (Beck's gunman)
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Harry Townes ...
Gus Sampson (storekeeper)
William Bryant ...
Bart Paterson (cattleman)
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Mrs. Patterson
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Abraham Murdock (sheepherder)
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Ned Hunter (sheepherder)
Claude Woolman ...
Gilcher (Beck ranch hand)
Ed Bakey ...
Scotty Andrews (sheepherdr)
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Mrs. Andrews
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In the small western town Vinegarroon the conflict between cattle and sheep breeders escalates. When a stranger appears in the town, the ranchers suspect he's a gun man, hired by the sheep breeders. But Jim Killian turns out to be a priest - a tough one however, who soon shall make unscrupulous rancher Esa Beck's life quite harder. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Solid enough, but could have used some fleshing out
13 February 2009 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

After a solid first hour, "Heaven With a Gun" thins out and becomes slightly more than routine. The movie could have used less sadism and sensationalism; while a topless Angelique Pettijohn is appreciated, gratuitous nudity tends to put off the very audience attracted to this kind of western. Carolyn Jones is nearly wasted, and I really wanted to know more about her prior relationship with Ford. Barbara Hershey does a fine job as the half-breed Hopi whom Ford protects. Ford and Hershey's relationship could have also used a little more sexual tension; and Hershey, to her credit, seemed ready to provide it.

Production values are good, if not spectacular, and director Lee Katzin, while no Sergio Leone, keeps things moving nicely.

"Heaven With a Gun" is a cut above most of Glenn Ford's later western. Too bad MGM didn't put a little more into the story and running time.

I give "Heaven With a Gun" a weak "7".


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