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9 June 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Savage. Ornery, Beautiful! See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Flat and Uninteresting a/k/a "Boring" See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James Garner ... Luther Sledge

Dennis Weaver ... Erwin Ward

Claude Akins ... Hooker

John Marley ... Old Man
Laura Antonelli ... Ria
Wayde Preston ... Sheriff Ripley

Ken Clark ... Floyd
Tony Young ... Mallory

Allan Jones
Herman Reynoso ... Simms
Steffen Zacharias ... Red - Prison Guard
Didi Perego ... Elizabeth
Paola Barbara ... Jade
Mario Valgoi ... Beetle
Laura Betti ... Sister
Lorenzo Piani ... Guthrie
Franco Giornelli ... Joyce
Bruno Corazzari ... Bice
Altiero Di Giovanni ... Kehoe
Lorenzo Fineschi ... Toby
Remo De Angelis ... Poker Player
Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Secondino (as Gianni Di Benedetto)
Franco Balducci ... Un carcerato
Tiberio Mitri ... Altro carcerato
Fausto Tozzi ... Maximum security prisoner
Riccardo Garrone ... The Warden

Orso Maria Guerrini
Barta Barri (as Barta Barry)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelo Infanti ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Luciano Rossi ... The "Wolf" (uncredited)

Directed by
Vic Morrow 
Giorgio Gentili (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Vic Morrow  and
Frank Kowalski 

Massimo D'Avak  screenplay: Italian version

Produced by
Harry Bloom .... co-producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Carl Olsen .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gianni Ferrio 
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Renzo Lucidi 
 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Scisci 
 
Set Decoration by
Enzo Eusepi (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Elio Micheli 
 
Makeup Department
Giuliano Laurenti .... makeup artist
Elda Magnanti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mario Pisani .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Carrington .... assistant director
Giorgio Gentili .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Edith de Swarte .... dubbing sound
Sash Fisher .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Pasquino Benassati .... special effects
Remo De Angelis .... master of arms
 
Stunts
Remo De Angelis .... stunt coordinator
Earl Parker .... stunt coordinator
 
Music Department
Phil Coulter .... composer: song "Other Men's Gold"
Bill Martin .... composer: song "Other Men's Gold"
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Nona Medio .... dialogue director
Carl Olsen .... historical consultant
Madlyn Rhue .... script girl
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (1972) | Sweden:15 | USA:R
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Trivia:
Average Shot Length = ~4.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.5 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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! Oh, we're gonna' take that gold, and we're gonna' take ALL of it. And you and your tales of old timers don't mean a whiff of cow dung, because you never had the brains or the guts to do it. We're gonna' take it from the INside.
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Soundtrack:
OTHER MEN'S GOLDSee more »

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9 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Flat and Uninteresting a/k/a "Boring", 8 April 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Although there are a lot of familiar "television" names associated with "A Man Called Sledge", there is nothing extraordinary about the film itself or about any of the performances. In fact, the only thing that distinguishes it from a 1960's-70's television series like "The Rat Patrol" is a bigger cast and a lot more violence.

James Garner is the biggest star and apparently thought he should try to break away from all the light comedy stuff he had been doing ("Maverick", "Support Your Local Sheriff"-"Gunfighter" etc.). Unfortunately his earthy likability works against him, as Sledge is a humorless character written to cash in on the popularity of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western character. But Eastwood's stuff was not this flat and uninteresting.

I suppose that "A Man Called Sledge" could be classified as a spaghetti western although the pacing is too slow to really fit that sub-genre. Fans of the slow-paced "Combat" television series will feel an instant connection as Vic Morrow directed the film and co-wrote the script with Frank Kowalski. Throw in some then trendy slow-mo shots and cross-dissolves, which call attention to themselves rather than serve a story-telling purpose.

The plot is the standard "big heist" thing (insert "The War Wagon" here) with Sledge plotting how to heist a $300,000 gold shipment. His gang includes Claude Akins and Dennis Weaver. The problem is that while on the move the shipment is guarded by 40 outriders and while stopped it is locked in a vault inside the territorial prison. I think there was an episode of "Alias Smith and Jones" with the same plot.

The story would make a decent hour of television but gets old very fast as a very padded feature length film. Garner does not allow any of his charm to leak into his characterization and the film does not generate enough suspense to hold a viewer's interest.

The thing finally crashes and burns shortly after the heist when the gang engages in a contrived and totally illogical card game.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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