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A Man Called Sledge (1970)

R  |   |  Western  |  9 June 1971 (USA)
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In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Luther Sledge
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Erwin Ward
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Hooker
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Old Man
Laura Antonelli ...
Ria
Wayde Preston ...
Sheriff Ripley
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Floyd
Tony Young ...
Mallory
Herman Reynoso ...
Simms
Steffen Zacharias ...
Red - Prison Guard
Didi Perego ...
Elizabeth
Paola Barbara ...
Jade
Mario Valgoi ...
Beetle
Laura Betti ...
Sister
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In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

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When SLEDGE hits town it stays hit! See more »

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Western

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9 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sledge  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~4.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.5 seconds. See more »

Goofs

When Sledge shoots Hooker, he falls down face first. In the next shot, he is lying on his back. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: You're feelin' mean, 'cause you know that gold can't be taken, and you've seen it yourself. And I tell ya', if you try to take it, you're gonna' wind up dead, or in prison. And that's the closest you'll ever get to it, through six inches of steel. I know: I been closer to that gold INside, than any man OUTside. And I tell ya', it can't be taken.
Luther Sledge: [Reflects for a moment] Oh, yes it can! Yeeehaaw!
Luther Sledge: [Throws an empty whiskey bottle in the air and shoots it as it falls] I knew it, I knew it all the time...
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Soundtracks

OTHER MEN'S GOLD
Lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Sung by Stefan Grossman
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Definitely worth watching.
29 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Man Called Sledge" is unique among the spaghetti westerns I have seen so far because it is the only one directed by an American. Vic Morrow must have been a big fan of spaghetti westerns himself, because he really got it right. It must have been a lot of fun for an American director to go to Spain and Italy to shoot an authentic spaghetti western back when the genre was still being pumped out.

I wasn't expecting much spaghetti style from this film because I knew it was by an American director with mainly American actors, but the movie really surprised me. It's nowhere near the very top of the spaghetti meter, but on the other hand you would never mistake this one for a Hollywood western. It's got Italian written all over it. The music score by Gianni Ferrio is quite good. A couple of parts sound a little too much like jazz for me, but most of it is well-suited for the genre, especially the tunes with vocals and over-the-top cheesy lyrics.

Don't let the fact that this movie is one of the later-era spaghetti westerns and has James Garner in it fool you into thinking it's one of those goofy comedy type of Euro-westerns. There are a couple of funny lines in the film, but overall it's very serious and tragic with plenty of violence and action. This is not a happy film at all, which is definitely a good thing in this case.

The production values and acting are above-average for a Eurowestern. James Garner and Dennis Weaver, both of whom have usually portrayed happy/funny do-gooders in American films and television shows, do an excellent job here in their roles as seriously bad people. Casting them for those parts was probably done for effect. It reminds me of how Leone used Henry Fonda as the evil character in Once Upon a Time in the West.

This is one that is definitely worth seeing if you are into Euro-westerns.


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