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Sabata (1969)

Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! (original title)
PG-13 | | Western | 16 September 1969 (Italy)
A master gunfighter teams up with his banjo-playing partner and a Mexican bandit to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

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(as Frank Kramer)

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(story), (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Carrincha (as Pedro Sanchez)
Aldo Canti ...
Indio (as Nick Jordan)
Franco Ressel ...
Antonio Gradoli ...
Ferguson (as Anthony Gradwell)
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Oswald, Stengel Henchman (as Robert Hundar)
Gianni Rizzo ...
Judge O'Hara
Spartaco Conversi ...
Slim, Stengel Henchman (as Spanny Convery)
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Nichols (as Charles Tamblyn)
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False Father Brown (as Alan Collins)
Marco Zuanelli ...
Franco Marletta ...
Captain
Andrea Aureli ...
Daniel (as Andrew Ray)
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Storyline

A master gunfighter competes with the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas to steal an army safe containing $100,000 intended to buy the land upon which the coming railroad will be built. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu> and tanglefreak98

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The man with gunsight eyes comes to kill!

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Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence and some sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 September 1969 (Italy)  »

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Sabata  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Body count: 75. See more »

Goofs

The fake gunfight was supposed to happen at sunrise, but according to the shadows, it was clearly within a couple hours of noon, the sun was overhead and casting a shadow only a few feet long. See more »

Quotes

Sharky, Gunman Hired by Stengle: Hey! Sabata!
[Pulls pistol, steps forward]
Sharky, Gunman Hired by Stengle: When I stop laughin', you're dead.
[Begins laughing]
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Connections

Referenced in Desperado (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Ehi Amico C'e' Sabata (Main Title)
Music composed by Marcello Giombini
Vocals performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni (uncredited)
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Excellent entertainment and as always, Lee Van Cleef is magnificent.
11 July 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Except for one character (Alley Cat, the jumping Indian) and a few bits of dialogue, this film was excellent. Unlike some of the Spaghetti Westerns, it kept true to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the genre while still presenting a gritty, violent story. I particularly like the portrayal of Banjo's relationship with Jane, which accurately compares and contrasts the mercenary sides of men and women.

Lee Van Cleef was, as always, always, always, excellent. Magnificent. How could Hollywood have ever neglected such a wonderful actor? Even when merely walking around a room, he commanded complete attention and gives insight into the character. William Berger couldn't have been better as Banjo. Indeed, he played the 'I'll take any side as long as I can get lots of money out of it' type of character much better than Clint Eastwood did.

The dialogue goes on a bit in a few places but other than that, works very well. The music is not exceptional, but the main theme is catchy and for all its 'pop music' somehow fits the film.


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