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Director:
Writer:
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A one man Judge, Jury and Executioner who turns the Wild West into a Blood Bath! See more »
Plot:
A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lee Van Cleef, Man In Black See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Lee Van Cleef ... Sheriff Clayton
Alberto Dentice ... Philipp Wermeer (as Peter O'Brien)
Jess Hahn ... Bighorse the Stage Driver
Horst Frank ... David Saxon / Patriarch Samuel Saxon
Klaus Grünberg ... Adam Saxon (as Klaus Grunberg)
Antonio Casale ... Hole the Bounty Hunter (as Antony Vernon)
Marc Mazza ... Sheriff Eli Saxon
Dominique Darel ... Elisabeth, Adam's Bride to Be
Alessandra Cardini ... Anita, One of Madame Oro's Girls (as Sandra Cardini)
Gastone Pescucci ... Borghese - the Caretaker
Elvira Cortese ... Madame Oro, Stage Passenger
Anna Maria Gherardi ... Saxon's Girl
Hans Terofal ... Jo Barrel
Salvatore Baccaro ... Saloon Servant
Remo Capitani ... Bounty Hunter (as Ray O'Connor)
Memè Perlini
Piergiorgio Plebani
Giancarlo Badessi ... Publican with eye patch
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Maria Teresa Piaggio
Vittorio Sancisi
Franco Balducci ... Bull's Friend
Giovanni Filidoro ... Old John
Giovanni Cianfriglia
Michelangelo Mastroni
Angelo Susani ... Bounty Hunter
Gianni Di Segni
Clemente Cipriano
Luigi Masironi
Mimmo Rizzo
Giorgio Trestini ... Bull
Furio Meniconi ... Hangman
Luigi Scavran
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Clark ... Deputy (uncredited)
Franco Fantasia ... Bounty Killer (uncredited)
Ottorino Polentini ... Bounty Hunter (uncredited)

Directed by
Giancarlo Santi 
 
Writing credits
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)

Produced by
Henryk Chroscicki .... producer (as Henryk Chrosicki)
Alfonso Sansone .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Sergio Bardotti 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Vulpiani 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco D'Andria 
 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
 
Makeup Department
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Ettore Tarquini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Roberto Giussani .... production manager
Pietro Innocenzi .... production supervisor
Emanuele Spatafora .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabio Garriba .... assistant director
Claude Othnin-Girard .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Elio Pacella .... sound
Antonio Pantano .... boom operator
Adriano Taloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects
Pasquino Benassati .... special effects technician
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects technician
Giulio Molinari .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Bagnato .... second camera operator
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Antonio Nicolosi .... chief electrician
Vittorio Nicolosi .... key grip
Pasquale Rachini .... camera operator
Pier Luigi Santi .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clara Poggi .... wardrobe
Renato Ventura .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... assistant editor
Adalberto Ceccarelli .... assistant editor
Elisabetta Innocenzi .... assistant editor
Gabrielle Reinecke .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Henryk Chroscicki .... presenter (as Henryk Chrosicki)
Sergio Giussani .... administrator
Ettore Rosboch .... presenter
Sergio Sagnotti .... master of arms
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il grande duello" - Italy (original title)
"Grand Duel" - USA
"Storm Rider" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:16 (1973) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) (cut) | UK:18 (1988) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: At various times Lee Van Cleef's character is called both "Sheriff" and "Marshal".See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Madame Oro, Stage Passenger:Hey Driver, can't you put the fear of God into those mules of yours?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Lee Van Cleef, Man In Black, 27 June 2007
Author: Charles Delacroix from United States

I read the other comments previous to mine, and won't add to what's already been said, except to say that I really thought there were some remarkable features here.

For example, there's the device of panning a shot from point A to point B. I'm sure there's a technical term for this kind of shot, but I'm no professional, and don't know what it is. But what seemed to me unusual was the very smooth, automatic auto-timing of the transition. Say looking at Clayton for a few long seconds; then as if someone flips a switch, the camera looks from Clayton to Wermeer, traveling at a fixed rate of speed; and upon arriving at Wermeer, the camera proceeds to look at Wermeer for several long seconds.

There were some strange anachronisms. The hair styles seemed very much out of 1970s era. Some of the strangest "western" headgear I've ever seen were in evidence. These chapeaux looked more like something from the Mardi Gras of New Orleans or the Carnivale of Milano than any Western story. Likewise, the almost Gucci-esquire look of the attire of Adam Saxon.

Some very "spaghetti western" style over-the-top grittiness. So in the opening scene, the tall, tall, tall rock. Then we have Lee Van Cleef playing Clayton in a black, black Western outfit in stark contrast to the white outfits of the Saxons. Then we have this strange contraption involving a gun booby-trap set up to blow up their carriage on opening the door near Silver Bell. I loved the game of checkers played with full shot glasses that the players drank whenever they "jumped" someone. Then the room Clayton stays in, full of bullet holes in the walls. When he asks the proprietress if he could have another room, she says there are three kinds of rooms there: "rooms with women in them; rooms for card-games; and this one is for shooting bullets in." Nuff said, right? I loved the final scene ... sort of a Spaghetti Western version of the Shootout at the OK Corral. The love of the grotesque - such as Adam Saxon's pock-marked face - he is sardonically called "Pocksy" at one point. The typical spaghetti western tongue-in-cheek humor is present in such bits, and throughout the movie.

All in all, if you like spaghetti westerns, please do yourself a favor, get this one on DVD, and enjoy! Charles Delacroix

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