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Keoma -- Franco Nero is KEOMA, a half-breed gunfighter weary of killing as a way of life.
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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Release Date:
25 November 1976 (Italy) See more »
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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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:
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Pierangelo Civera ... Plague Victim (uncredited)
Arnaldo Dell'Acqua ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Riccardo Pizzuti ... Gunman (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa ... Member of Caldwell's Gang (uncredited)
Sergio Ruggeri ... Man Hit in the Saloon (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar ... Confederate Soldier (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 
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Amicucci 
Production Design by
Carlo Simi 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gentili 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Carlo Simi 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hair stylist (as Giuseppina Bovino)
Carboni .... wig maker
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Gilberto Provenghi .... assistant makeup artist
Rocchetti .... wig maker
Production Management
Nicolò Forte .... production manager
Carlo Giovagnorio .... unit manager
Stefano Pegoraro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe Giglietti .... second assistant director
Rocco Lerro .... assistant director
Art Department
Gilberto Carbonaro .... set constructor
Silvano Natali .... set dresser
Sound Department
Benito Alchimede .... boom operator
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor (voices: Orso Maria Guerrini)
Tonino Cacciottolo .... sound effects
Bernardino Fronzetti .... sound recordist
Romano Pampaloni .... re-recording engineer
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Rocco Lerro .... stunt coordinator
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt double: Franco Nero
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator
Massimo Carta .... assistant camera
Maurizio Cipriani .... assistant camera
Guglielmo Maga .... key grip
Bruno Pasqualini .... gaffer
Ermanno Serto .... still photographer: action stills
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Castrignano .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Roberto Amicucci .... assistant editor
Cesarina Casini .... first assistant editor
Other crew
Manolo Bolognini .... presenter
Rocco Lerro .... master of arms
Luigi Scardino .... production accountant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... 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 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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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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Norway:97 min | Italy:105 min | West Germany:90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | 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:18 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2004 ) (cut) | West Germany:16 (f)

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The storyline of the film was mostly improvised same time the film was made. The original story treatment was written by Luigi Montefiori (aka George Eastman) and turned into a script by Mino Roli and Nico Ducci, but director Enzo G. Castellari didn't like what had been written by the latter two. Because of problems with schedule, Castellari and actor Joshua Sinclair wrote the script for the next day every evening after filming of the day. Castellari was also open to suggestions from the cast and crew - Franco Nero has confirmed that he wrote some of his own dialogue.See more »
Keoma:Pa. What was it all about.
William Shannon:What?
Keoma:The war. I never could figure it out.
William Shannon:The war. Im not sure I know. I figure after we got through slaughtering all those Indians, we thought we ought to do somethin'... generous. So we gave freedom to the black man. Now we feel good, we can go back to... finish off the Indians.
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Castellari's best film!, 2 November 1998
Author: Michael A. Martinez ( from Los Angeles, CA

Without a doubt, this Italian-made western is right up there with ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, El TOPO, and THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Enzo G. Castellari's best film. Great cast and excellent slow motion shootout scenes, not to mention some truly amazing camera angles. One of the most engaging storylines and examples of character development I've seen. The music is great, as long as you don't mind the annoying sung narrative. Starts great and ends great, just stick around through the 20-minute dull spot in the middle of the film. It's quite a rewarding experience overall. Have fun trying to track down a copy of this gem, I sure did (NOT)!

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