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I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (1970)

C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara! (original title)
Sartana, bounty hunter and gunfighter, witnesses the robbery of a shipment of gold. He finds his way into town where he meets with a lot of suspicious stares from the locals. He also meets ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
George Hilton ...
Charles Southwood ...
Sabata
Erika Blanc ...
Trixie
Piero Lulli ...
Samuel Spencer
Linda Sini ...
Maldida, Mantas' Woman
Nello Pazzafini ...
Mantas
Carlo Gaddi ...
Baxter
Aldo Barberito ...
Angelo
Marco Zuanelli ...
Dead Eye Golfay
Luciano Rossi ...
Flint Fossit (as Lou Kamante)
Federico Boido ...
Joe Fossit (as Rick Boyd)
Luigi Bonos ...
Posada Owner (as Gigi Bonos)
Gaetano Imbró
Spartaco Conversi ...
Emiliano
Umberto Di Grazia ...
Tarnosky
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Sartana, bounty hunter and gunfighter, witnesses the robbery of a shipment of gold. He finds his way into town where he meets with a lot of suspicious stares from the locals. He also meets with Samuel Spencer, who seems to own the company in this company town. The gold shipments are being stolen, so Spencer agrees to hire Sartana to protect the next gold shipment. Numerous dull-witted villains make attempts on Sartana's life, but he survives. Eventually, Sartana's nemesis Sabbath (he of the white coat and parasol) rides into town. With a showdown inevitable, Sartana and Sabbath square off to settle the score. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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7 August 1970 (Italy)  »

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Body count: 31. See more »

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When Mantas' goons confront Sartana in Appaloosa, they tell him to keep his hands away from the loaf of bread, an apparent reference to the previous shootout scene in which he hid his gun in the bread. The men would have no way to know what had happened there, as the henchmen were all killed, and the cantina owner--the only other witness--had not described what happened before Mantas sent the men away. See more »

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Sartana: I'd like to get a room.
Trixie: I oughta warn you. The beds are full of bedbugs and uncomfortable, too. We ain't got roulette, there's no floorshow, and there's no girls. Our main activity is keeping out of the graveyard.
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"Keep your hands away from that loaf"
18 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There's so much insane gun play in this film I was hardly in need of a plot. At one point, there's a bandit lighting matches stuffed between his toes for a laugh, and then along comes Sartana, knocks the guy out by shooting a sign that falls on the guy's head, then Sartana lights the last match by shooting it, then sparks up a cigar using the match! Why didn't this film win dozens of Oscars?

You've got Sartana after gold, the bandits after gold, some shady businessmen after gold, the gold miners after their own gold (how dare they!), and a bar owning chick...after gold. Oh, and another gunslinger called Sabbath after gold. He carries a white parasol, reads Shakespeare's sonnets, and constantly refers to his mother. Again, why no Oscars?

There's also a running gag where the bandits constantly try to get the drop on Sartana, but Sartana's always got a pistol hidden somewhere. I can't think of a single slow spot in this film at all, and Stelvio Massi's hyperactive camera-work coupled with Carnimeo's direction make for one of the more entertaining Italian Westerns.


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