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The Price of Power (1969)

Il prezzo del potere (original title)
The Pinkerton detective agency uncovers a plot to assassinate President James Garfield in 1881 Texas. The film, a "political" Spaghetti, is a very overt mirroring of the JFK Assassination in 1963.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ...
Warren Vanders ...
Arthur McDonald
María Cuadra ...
Lucretia Garfield
Ray Saunders ...
Jack Donavan (as Raï Saunders)
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Pinkerton
Antonio Casas ...
Mr. Willer
Benito Stefanelli ...
Sheriff Jefferson
María Luisa Sala ...
Governor's Wife (as Mª Luisa Sala)
Ángel Álvarez ...
Scotty
Massimo Carocci
Norma Jordan ...
Anne Goddard
Ángel del Pozo ...
Lawyer
Julio Peña ...
Governor of Texas
Franco Meroni
Francisco Sanz ...
Pat
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The Pinkerton detective agency uncovers a plot to assassinate President James Garfield in 1881 Texas. The film, a "political" Spaghetti, is a very overt mirroring of the JFK Assassination in 1963.

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The Price of Honor  »

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Van Johnson's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

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Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

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A Great Spaghetti Western that Comments on the JFK Assassination.
12 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Price of Power" (1969), directed by Tonino Valerii, is a Spaghetti Western starring Guiliano Gemma, Van Johnson, Fernando Rey and Benito Stefanelli. Made six years after the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, it seeks to comment sharply on the situation, perhaps more bitingly than Hollywood wanted or was able to do at that time.

The plot is thus, with their 1963 equivalents blatantly obvious: in Dallas, Texas, 1883 an unpopular liberal President (Johnson) visits the city and is assassinated in a crossfire of lead. A black patsy is quickly found by the corrupt sheriff (Stefanelli) and is killed while in transit between prisons. The framed man's friend (Gemma) seeks to find out the truth, variously aided and set back by a mysterious government agent (Warren Vanders).

Reading the synopsis, it's pretty clear where Valerii is heading, and he does so with style and tension. Well-acted, photographed and edited, with some excellent gunfights, this is a Spaghetti Western that deserves a much wider reputation that the one it currently holds.


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