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Sartana the Gravedigger (1969)
"Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino" (original title)

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Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank, and must find the real robbers and clear his name.

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Credited cast:
Gianni Garko ...
Sartana (as John Garko)
Frank Wolff ...
Buddy Ben
Ettore Manni ...
Baxter Red
Salvatore Borghese ...
Sheriff Fisher
Renato Baldini ...
The Judge
José Torres ...
Shadow (as José M. Torres)
...
Deguejo
Federico Boido ...
Bill Cochram (as Rick Boyd)
Tullio Altamura ...
Omero Crown
Bruno Boschetti
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Deputy
Lorenzo Piani
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Hot Dead
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John Bartha ...
Sheriff
Samson Burke ...
Judge's right hand
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Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank, and must find the real robbers and clear his name. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This third entry played by Gianni Garco based on the gunman Sartana is an entertaining SW with action, gunplay and fun
24 April 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This Sartana movie gets the usual Western issues , such as greedy antiheroes , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies and musical score with Morricone influence , among them . When a bank is secured with the help of group of bounty hunters , it takes a special man to rob it : Sartana (Garco) . The gang members wear the same clothes as the bounty hunters contracted to defend it . Their leader pretends to enter the bank to collect the reward of a bandit he has murdered . Is the leader really Sartana ? . Of course , he isn't , he is only dressed like him , but the hoax is so effective that a reward is put on his head and he is soon pursued by some of his earlier colleagues bounty hunters , among them : Shadow (José Torres) , Deguejo (Cameron Mitchell) and Hot Dead (Kinski) . Then Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank , and must find the real robbers and clear his name . Alarmed , the dark , elegant hero named Sartana begins investigating with the help of a friend , a dubious and ragged man called Buddy Ben (Wolff) . The trail leads them to the town of Poker Falls , where the gambling flourishing and crime is rampant . The expert card player Sartana arrives in a small city where various bounty hunters attempt to kill him . It follows the seemingly endless adventures of Sartana in search of the true guilty . At the end takes place the inevitable confrontation , a showdown in which Sartana contends against all .

This is a Western all'Italiana post-Sergio Leone era , this period received a big boost with Sergio Corbucci's very influential Django . However in the following years use of irony and cunning became more prominent . This was seen in ulterior Westerns with their emphasis on unstable partnerships . In the last phase of the SW with the Trinity movies , the Leone legacy had been transformed almost beyond recognition , as terror and deadly violence gave way to harmless brawling and low comedy . It contains an interesting but twisted plot , double crosses , shoot'em up and results to be quite entertaining , though drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . At the beginning takes place an outrageous and ambiguous opening scene in which we witness the robbery of a bank that is thought to be impenetrable . There is plenty of action , guaranteeing thrills , decent body-count or stunts every few minutes . SARTANA is a fundamental archetype in Spaghetti/Paella genre as well as James Bond in spy-genre , here Gianni Garco-Sartana stars an entertaining SW with lots of action , gun-play and fun . As always , the mythic personage appears elegant and dressed in black and with a killer look . Sartana is the standard by which every spaghetti antihero is measured along with Lee Van Cleef's Sabata and Franco Nero's Django . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking confrontation between the protagonist Gianni Garco against the heartless enemies formed by various bounty hunters , judge , sheriff and bankers . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as well as a lot of twists and turns , as the film approaches its climax , as in the final and the unusual conclusion . German Gianni Garco or Gary Hudson is good in this Sartana Western , he is fine ; as he ravages the screen , brawls , shoots , run and kills . The cast is standard with lots of Italian b-movie heroes , there appears usual actors from Spaghetti such as John Bartha , Federico Boido or Rick Boyd , Samson Burke as Judge's right hand , Ettore Manni , Renato Baldini , Sal Borghese ; of course , the great Kinski and special mention to Frank Wolff who early committed suicide . Atmospheric Eastmancolor cinematography by Giovanni Bergamini though being necessary a remastering and filmed in Elios studios , as usual . Enjoyable musical score by Vasco and Mancuso , including catching leitmotif .

Sartana himself is like a crossover between Clint Eastwood's The Man with no Name and ¨Django¨, a black-clad amoral anti-hero ; adding the special characteristics from James Bond , his quirky gadgets , elegance and dressed in cloak . Sartana character is in equal parts mysterious , cool and deadly ; he is not out there to chase the bandits like a simple bounty hunter , he is just out for money and blood . His quirky gadgets often bring to mind the other similar character , Sabata played by Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner . The first Sartana was ¨Gunfighters Die Harder" or "If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death" a trend-setting film by Gianfranco Parolini with Garco , Kinski and Fernando Sancho . The best Sartana are directed by Giuliano Carmineo , alias Anthony Ascott, he realized various with George Hilton who replaces to Garco . Hilton played more natural and roguish than Garco who was cold and peculiar . They cooperated in some Westerns in the late 60s/early 70s, most remarkable is the "Sartana"-Series. The later "Sartana" movies directed by Anthony Ascott became increasingly cartoonish and humorous . It was followed by director Alfonso Balcazar with ¨Sartana non Perdona or Sonora¨ with George Martin and Gilbert Roland . Miles Deem directed two Sartanas deemed lousy and cheesy . Furthermore , a string of sequels and rip-offs with other Z-series directors. This ¨Sartana¨ movie perhaps is not a Spaghetti masterpiece , but a watchable and sometimes unusual movie nonetheless .This is definitely one of the best Sartana-Movies ; tough, cynical and with a lot of humor, seasoned with all herbs of a cool Spaghetti. I had a lot of fun with this one and it's worthwhile it more than one time .


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