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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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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 ...
Incarnacion
Silvana Bacci
Spartaco Conversi ...
Bobcat
Mario Maranzana
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
Ranchhand (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Franco Balducci ...
Mason
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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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Last film and only western of Steve Reeves. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

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Go West, Young Man
Written by Carlo Savina
Performed by Don Powell
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Substance over style
3 September 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

While this is one of the better "spaghetti westerns" from the 1960s, it is little known in this country despite the presence of Steve Reeves in the starring role. Reeves' looks and presence here indicate that he could have had a post-Hercules career in the movies and it's both sad and puzzling that this career never evolved.

The movie itself lacks the flamboyant, even operatic style one often associates with these westerns, but unlike some of its competitors, this has a solid, well-constructed script which effectively uses the "revenge" theme without any digressions or detours. By some standards, this movie might even be labeled "minimalist!"

There is one missed opportunity, however. Reeves spends an entire reel laboring on a rock pile in one of those primitive, scorching-hot desert prisons manned by sadistic guards who are quick to dish out brutal punishments. (One is reminded of "Hellgate" or "There Was a Crooked Man.") He sometimes works with his shirt off -- giving us a look at that glorious, suntanned, sweat-streaked torso -- and he's sometimes given a punch or a kick or a shove. However, there's no scene of Reeves being tied to a post and given a savage flogging across his bare back. Since Reeves had one of those born-to-be-whipped bodies, it's unfortunate the makers of this movie didn't take advantage of this resource.


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