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A Man Called Sledge
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9 June 1971 (USA) See more »
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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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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)
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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)
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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:
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Prison Full Of Gold, 27 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's possible that A Man Called Sledge might have been done irreparable damage on the cutting room floor. Maybe someone will demand a director's cut one day, but I seriously doubt it.

James Garner decided to cash in on the spaghetti western market and in doing so brought a whole lot of Americans over to fill the cast out. Folks like Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley. And of course we have Vic Morrow who both wrote and directed this film.

Garner always gets cast as likable rogues because he's so darn good at playing them. But he has played serious and done it well in films like The Children's Hour and Hour of the Gun. He can and has broken away from his usual stereotyped part successfully. But A Man Called Sledge can't be counted as one of his successes.

He's got the title role as Luther Sledge notorious outlaw with a big price on his head. After partner Tony Young gets killed in a saloon and Garner takes appropriate Eastwood style measures, he's followed from the saloon by John Marley.

Marley's spent time in the nearby territorial prison and it seems as though gold shipments are put under lock and key there on a rest stop for the folks transporting the stuff on a regular run. Garner gets his gang together for a heist.

Here's where the movie goes totally off the wall. Usually heist films show the protagonists going into a lot of methodical planning. Certainly that was the case in The War Wagon which some other reviewer cited. But in this one Garner decides to break into the prison as a prisoner of fake US Marshal Dennis Weaver and cause a jailbreak at which time the gold will be robbed.

That was just too much to swallow. If taking the gold was this easy it should have been done a long time before. But I will say for those who like the blood and guts of Italian westerns, during that prison break there's enough there for three movies.

That's not the whole thing, of course the outlaws fall out and we have another gore fest before the film ends. But by that time the whole film has lost a lot of coherency.

The great movie singer of the Thirties Allan Jones is listed in the credits. But for the life of me I can't find him in the film. Maybe a chorus of the Donkey Serenade might have made this better.

Couldn't have hurt any.

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