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Keoma -- KEOMA stars Nero (Die Hard 2; The Virgin And The Gypsy; Camelot) as the half-breed gunslinger of the title, returning after fighting in the American Civil War to find his home town infected with the plague and under the dictator-like rule of a criminal gang leader named Caldwell. Keoma's return is welcomed by his aged father but resented by his three half-brothers, not least because, against their father's wishes, they are now in the employment of the corrupt Caldwell. Intent on restoring justice to the town, Keoma finds himself up against Caldwell's horde of gangsters and his own flesh and blood in a deadly and ultimately tragic conflict.

Directed with breathtaking visual style and flair by Enzo G. Castellari, KEOMA is a unique, innovative and uncommonly original entry in the Spaghetti Western genre. Featuring powerful performances from a superb cast that also includes Woody Strode (The Quick And The Dead; Once Upon A Time In The West; Spartacus), William Berger (Love Letters Of A Portuguese Nun) and Donald O'Brien (The Name Of The Rose), KEOMA ranks alongside "Django" as one of Franco Nero's finest films.

KEOMA is released on DVD by Argent Films. Special Features include exclusive introduction by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Cox, brand new extensive interview with director Enzo G. Castellari, theatrical trailers, plus "Western Trail" – trailers for Argent's forthcoming spaghetti western releases.

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Director:
Writers:
George Eastman (story)
Mino Roli (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 November 1976 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Late, Great Entry into the Spaghetti Western Genre. See more (45 total) »

Cast

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Franco Nero ... Keoma Shannon

William Berger ... William Shannon
Olga Karlatos ... Liza Farrow

Orso Maria Guerrini ... Butch Shannon
Gabriella Giacobbe ... The Witch
Antonio Marsina ... Lenny Shannon

Joshua Sinclair ... Sam Shannon (as John Loffredo)
Donald O'Brien ... Caldwell (as Donald O'Brian)
Leonardo Scavino ... Doctor (as Leon Lenoir)
Wolfango Soldati ... Confederate Soldier
Victoria Zinny ... Brothel Owner
Alfio Caltabiano ... Member of Caldwell's Gang

Woody Strode ... George
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Butch Shannon (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Armando Bottin ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Pierangelo Civera ... Plague Victim (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Sam Shannon (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Augusto Funari ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Giglio Gigli ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Roberto Messina ... Caldwell Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Riccardo Pizzuti ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Sergio Ruggeri ... Man Hit in the Saloon (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Liza Farrow (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar ... Bandit (uncredited)
Sergio Ukmar ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Massimo Vanni ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
 
Writing credits
George Eastman (story) (as Luigi Montefiori)

Mino Roli (screenplay) &
Nico Ducci (screenplay) &
George Eastman (screenplay) (as Luigi Montefiori) &
Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)

Joshua Sinclair  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Manolo Bolognini .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis 
Maurizio De Angelis 
 
Cinematography by
Aiace Parolin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Amicucci 
 
Production Design by
Carlo Simi (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carlo Simi 
 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gentili 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini (uncredited)
Carlo Simi (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hairstylist (as Giuseppina Bovino)
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Gilberto Provenghi .... makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Carlo Giovagnorio .... unit manager
Stefano Pegoraro .... production manager
Nicolò Forte .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rocco Lerro .... assistant director
Giuseppe Giglietti .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gilberto Carbonaro .... set constructor (as Gilberto Carbononaro)
Silvano Natali .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Benito Alchimede .... boom operator
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Tonino Cacciottolo .... sound effects (as Tonino Caciuottolo)
Bernardino Fronzetti .... sound recordist
Romano Pampaloni .... re-recording
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects (as Ciovanni Corridori)
 
Stunts
Rocco Lerro .... stunt coordinator
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt double: Franco Nero (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator (as Gianni Bergamini)
Massimo Carta .... assistant cameraman
Maurizio Cipriani .... assistant cameraman
Guglielmo Maga .... key grip
Bruno Pasqualini .... gaffer
Ermanno Serto .... action stills
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Castrignano .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Roberto Amicucci .... second assistant editor
Cesarina Casini .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Manolo Bolognini .... presenter
Nicolò Forte .... production coordination
Luigi Scardino .... production accountant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... script continuity
Luciano De Ambrosis .... voice dubbing: Riccardo Pizzuti (uncredited)
Manlio De Angelis .... voice dubbing: Joshua Sinclair (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Olga Karlatos (uncredited)
Michele Gammino .... voice dubbing: Wolfango Soldati (uncredited)
Antonio Guidi .... voice dubbing: Alfio Catabiano (uncredited)
Renato Izzo .... dubbing director (uncredited)
Rocco Lerro .... master of arms (uncredited)
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Donald O'Brien (uncredited)
Angelo Nicotra .... voice dubbing: Antonio Marsina (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato .... voice dubbing: Woody Strode (uncredited)
Giorgio Piazza .... voice dubbing: Leonardo Scavino (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: William Berger (uncredited)
Vittorio Stagni .... voice dubbing: Massimo Vanni (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Desperado" - USA (cut version)
"Django Rides Again" - USA (informal English title)
"Django's Great Return" - USA (informal English title)
"Keoma: The Avenger" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
Norway:97 min | Italy:105 min | West Germany:90 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (self applied) (2007) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1978) | France:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Norway:16 (video rating) | Norway:15 (DVD release) (2007) | Norway:(Banned) (1978-2003) (cinema release) | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating: as The Violent Breed also) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (cut: by 4 secs) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (cut: by 6 secs) (1993) | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Keoma is a Native Indian word that means "far away" and not "freedom" as it is often misinterpreted as.See more »
Quotes:
The Witch:Why did you come back?
Keoma:The world keeps going around and around. So you always end up in the same place.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Spaghetti West (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
In Front of My DesperationSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Late, Great Entry into the Spaghetti Western Genre., 24 February 2012
Author: JohnWelles from United Kingdom

"Keoma: The Avenger" (1976), is a Spaghetti Western directed by Enzo G. Castellari (who would late make the 1976 film "Inglorious Bastards", a film that Quentin Tarantino paid a large homage to in "Inglorious Basterds" [2008]) and stars genre stalwart Franco Nero. This film comes from the dying days of the genre, when it was in its protracted and some times painful decline. Only one or two more Spaghetti Westerns were made before it died, but this particular entry is among the best and can stand comparison with anything made in the 1960s. It is a great last hurrah, all the better for being resolutely un-nostalgic.

The script is by Mino Roli, Nico Ducci, Luigi Montefiori, and Enzo Girolami; it covers familiar territory but in an unusual fashion: Half-breed Indian Keoma (Nero) returns, after the American Civil War, to his border hometown where he finds it under the control of an ex-Confederate raider called Caldwell (Donald O'Brien) and his gang. Keoma's three half-brothers have also united with Caldwell and want to make sure Keoma doesn't hang around.

What distinguishes this banal storyline is the overt use of not just allegorical mysticism, but also borrowings from ancient Greek plays, such as the wandering Earth-mother character, which is splendidly played by Gabriella Giacobbe. This surprising if obvious use of symbolism coupled with apocalyptic imagery really makes the film standout in your memory.

The direction from Castellari is highly efficient, and one of the best parts of the film. However, the frequent use of slow motion, while well done, is derivative of Sam Peckinpah, but without his mature understanding of violence. Here, it is just done for "cool" effect.

The cast is exceptional in its bringing together icons of the genre, from Franco Nero, "Django" himself, to such great supporting actors as William Berger, Woody Strode and Donald O'Brien. All give performances perfectly suited to their roles and are almost reason enough to watch the film.

On the debt side, unfortunately, is a fairly terrible score by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, with some terrible singing (sounding like drunken amateur folk singers) punctuating the action like nails on a blackboard; ah well, you can't have it all, can you? Still, this is a hugely enjoyable late entry in the spaghetti Western oeuvre that I highly recommend.

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