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God's Gun (1976)
"Diamante Lobo" (original title)

R  |   |  Western  |  March 1977 (USA)
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Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Palance), who killed a man in a local bar. On the gang's return to the town, they kill ... See full summary »

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Father John / Lewis
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Sam Clayton
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The Sheriff
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Jenny
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Johnny
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Jess Clayton
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Zeke Clayton
Ian Sander ...
Red Clayton
Pnina Rosenblum ...
Chesty (as Pnina Golan)
Zila Carni ...
Juanita Lewis
Heinz Bernard ...
Judge Barrett
Didi Lukov ...
Rip
Ricardo David ...
Angel George
Chin Chin ...
Willy
Rafi Ben Ami ...
Mortimer
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Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Palance), who killed a man in a local bar. On the gang's return to the town, they kill the priest, leaving a young parishioner Johnny behind. He now seeks revenge for the death of the holy man. Written by James Dingsdale

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When Sam Clayton finds out Johnny is his son, he runs around the parlor shouting "I gotta son." he specifically says it to Zeke Clayton who is played by Palance's son in real life, Cody Palance. See more »

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When Johnny plays horseshoes he leaves his throw short. He walks up to the shoe and kicks it onto the stake. There is a second shoe to the left and short of the stake. Father John arrives and admonishes Johnny for cheating and throws a shoe himself getting a ringer. However, the other two shoes are no longer in the picture. See more »

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Father John: Mine is the vengeance, sayeth the lord.
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MUCH better than other reviews would lead you to believe
22 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this flick on late-night cable. Never heard of it before, but was stunned at how well-done it was. Then I came here to the IMD and was absolutely stunned by all the bad reviews.

I have a theory: there must be two versions of this movie. Seriously.

A recent American reviewer complained that all three main actors' voices were dubbed by actors 20 years younger. HUH? In the version I just saw, All three spoke in their own voices. In fact, the words seem to be English, so any dubbing would have been for a foreign release. Perhaps a foreign version got RE- dubbed into English?

-That might also account for another reviewer complaining that Van Cleef overacted. In the version I saw, Van Cleef gives a fantastic performance. (Although he was not the best choice, IMO, for the lead.)

Overall, I consider this movie to be at the bottom of the top-tier of spaghetti westerns. (that's a compliment, not a knock.) OK, there's no Clint. However, the story is solid and complex. The acting is fine. The cinematography is as good as any Sergio film. The music sounds exactly like Morricone (could even BE Morricone, there are no scoring credits on the IMD) The editing is crisp.

I believe that some reviewers found out this was shot in Israel, and then viewed it looking for faults. Shame on you people! (no, I'm not Jewish, I'm just offended by the extremely off-base reviews.)

This is a solid, well-made, good-looking film. It's one true fault is that Lee Van Cleef isn't really suited to being a leading-man. With a better lead, this could have been a classic.


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