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A Long Ride from Hell (1968)
"Vivo per la tua morte" (original title)

 -  Western  -  5 April 1968 (Italy)
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Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Sturges
Wayde Preston ...
Marlin Mayner
Guido Lollobrigida ...
Sheriff (as Lee Burton)
Mimmo Palmara ...
Max Freeman (as Dick Palmer)
Silvana Venturelli ...
Ruth Harper
Nello Pazzafini ...
Shorty (as Ted Carter)
Franco Fantasia
Enzo Fiermonte
Rosalba Neri ...
Silvana Bacci
Spartaco Conversi ...
Mario Maranzana
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
Ranchhand (as Ivan Scratuglia)
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Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.

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They turned a man into a wild beast thirsting for revenge!




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Written by Carlo Savina
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Steve Reeves' unique Spaghetti Western about a revenger against cruel bandits
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Pleasant Spaghetti Western with a Peplum usual , Steve Reeves , as starring and writer . An Italian production full of action , exaggerated characters, shootouts and lots of violence . This is the story of a man with an only obsession ¨Live for kill¨ . For money, for pleasure, for revenge , he doesn't care why he kills or how ¡ ... Some rustlers rob horses from Sturges family . The oldest son named Mike (Steve Reeves ) Sturges (homage to John Sturges ?) and his brother Roy set out in pursuit the thieves . While they are looking for the outlaws Mike sees as the Southern Pacific Railways blows up and they are accused for robbing the cash , being framed by a corrupt sheriff (Dick Palmer , aka Mimmo Palmara ) who executes a ¨Pestaggio¨ against Mike as hitting , punch and kicking . They are incarcerated in Yuma Penitentiary . There Roy doesn't bear the mistreats and humiliations , but Mike gets to getaway and seeks vendetta against nasties . He escapes and sees the atrocity over his family and the Sturges ranch is destroyed , then executes a single-handedly revenge, as he slashes, ravages and murders each person involved in the killing . Mike encounters hints about the bandits in Dragon Pass Coach Station and a box of Niagara dynamite , plus an Abisian Desert Companion bottle , all of them lead his enemies. Mike is relentless in his vendetta , deadly in his violence. The conflict is a simple one between avenger Mike Sturges , and oppressors, nasties bandits commanded by cruel sheriff and his underlings. Then Sturges is submitted a tempestuous trap and is caught and he faces the vicious bandits. Finally , in a coach station takes place a deadly showdown between Mike and his enemies .

It's an exciting western all'Italiana with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist Steve Reeves against the heartless Dick Palmer and his merciless gunfighters . Steve is fine, he runs , ravages the screen, shoots, hit and run and kills but also receives violent knocks , punches , kicks and wounds . In the film premiere attained bit success , nowadays is best valued and I think it turns out to be an acceptable Spaghetti Western. Steve Reeves played ¨Hercules¨ and ¨Hercules¨ and ¨Hercules and Queen of Lydia¨ and many others muscle-men epics . He also acted in adventure genre as ¨Sandokan¨, swashbuckling as ¨Morgan the pirate¨ and fantasy as ¨The thief of Bagdag¨ . Reeves was almost retired when starred and wrote ¨ Viovo per la tua morte¨, unfortunately for Mr. Universe the picture was a failure . His riding scenes were usually carried out by the habitual stunt and double Giovanni Cianfriglia or Ken Wood . Frustrated Steve Reeves returned US and nothing more else , as he retired in his ranch . The secondary Nello Pazzafini as a cruelly warden role is terrific , he bears a hysterical and mocking smile , subsequently the would play similar characters .In the picture appears ordinary secondaries from Spaghetti as Gino Lollobrigida (or Lee Burton , Gina Lollobrigida's brother) , Ivan Scratuglia , Franco Fantasia , Enzo Fiermonte , Spartaco Conversi , and the Eurotrash goddess Rosalba Neri , and also uncredited Aldo Sambrell as a brutal bounty hunter . The film packs violence , gun-play , explosion, high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining. There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shootouts or stunts every few minutes. There are many fine technicians and nice assistants as Remo De Angelis , habitual master of arms and stunts in numerous Spaghetti Western . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors , dirty and rocky landscapes under a glimmer sun and a fine set on the town . The musician Carlo Savina, composes a nice soundtrack and well conducted ; it's full of guttural sounds, sensible songs and a haunting musical leitmotif . Catching song at the beginning and ending titled ¨Go West young man¨ by Powell and Savina . Striking cinematography by Enzo Barboni - Trinity and Bambino film's director- with negative well processed and perfect remastering . Interior filmed at Elios Studios and outdoor sequences filmed in Spanish outdoors located in Almeria , Spain.

Camilo Bazzoni's direction -under a pseudonym named Alex Burks , an usual cameraman- is middlingly crafted , here he's less thought-provoking and broody and more inclined toward violence and too much action , though he's an expert on cinematography . Rating : 5 acceptable and passable . The picture will appeal to Spaghetti Western fans.

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