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 overview, first billed only:
Luther Sledge
Erwin Ward
Old Man
Wayde Preston ...
Sheriff Ripley
Herman Reynoso ...
Steffen Zacharias ...
Red - Prison Guard
Didi Perego ...
Paola Barbara ...
Mario Valgoi ...
Laura Betti ...


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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Release Date:

9 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The cast nicknamed the film "A Man Called Sludge". See more »


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


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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Lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Sung by Stefan Grossman
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The Vidiot Reviews...
15 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Man Called Sledge

The main proponent of laxed prison sentences is always the man who prints the Wanted Posters.

Mind you, the outlaw in this Western doesn't need any likeness to land him in jail – just the promise of untold riches.

Tipped off to a regular gold shipment that is locked up overnight at the nearby prison, notorious bandit Luther Sledge (James Garner) rounds up his gang (Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins) and plots to purloin the bullion by getting himself apprehended.

Incarcerated, Sledge frees the inmates and escapes with the booty during the melee.

However, infighting amongst Sledge's men over the gold during a poker game results in bloodshed, and the kidnapping of Sledge's prostitute girlfriend.

An unorthodox Western thanks to its substantial Italian influence, A Man Called Sledge features a refreshing departure from the affable gunslinger characters that Garner usually played.

Furthermore, pioneer prisons were notoriously ineffective on account of their sod roofs.

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