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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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Garvey (Beck Ranch ramrod)
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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A Lonley Place
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
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Jaded Oater
29 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Solid acting (Noah Beery Jr, John Anderson, Glenn Ford, Barbara Hershey, and David Carradine) is compromised by formulaic direction and a script that zig-zags, forgets, remembers, and improvises, but the action occasionally rises, and the preacher-gunman conflict keeps things on track just enough to keep one watching till the end.

From the distance of 2010, 60s cultural interest is raised by the film's brief, gratuitous, and confusing nudity, as well as Barbara Hershey's hippie depiction of a half-Hopi girl, but the biggest surprise may be that this otherwise predictable western was produced as late as 1969. Except for those 60s flashes, I could imagine my parents and their siblings enjoying something similar in 1955, while I would have wished for a hero less earnest and boring than Ford.

Among the film's skewed lines, the oddest may be that the sheep-herder side of the range war is first identified with American Indians but is then shifted to a polygamous Mormon. I'd like to go back to 1969 and be 18 again, but no wonder I felt confused.


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