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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:
Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)
Nico Ducci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 November 1976 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Franco Nero ... Keoma
William Berger ... William Shannon
Olga Karlatos ... Lisa

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)
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Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Enzo G. Castellari  screenplay
Nico Ducci  screenplay
George Eastman  screenplay (as Luigi Montefiori)
George Eastman  story (as Luigi Montefiori)
Mino Roli  screenplay
Joshua Sinclair  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Manolo Bolognini .... producer
 
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
 
Stunts
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
Rocco Lerro .... master of arms
Luigi Scardino .... production accountant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... continuity
 

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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: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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Trivia:
The storyline of the film was mostly improvised same time the film was made. First version of the script was written by Luigi Montefiori (aka George Eastman), but director Enzo G. Castellari didn't like the story. Because of problems with schedule, they written script for next day every evening after filming of the day.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:
Referenced in Tears of Kali (2004)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Half-breed this, half-breed that., 4 June 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A half-breed Indian Keoma returns back to his hometown after fighting in the Civil War, and finds his town is being run by an ex-Confederate soldier Caldwell and his outlaws. He holds power over the town by letting the plague infect the inhabitants, and since he won't let any sort of treatment be transported in. He sets up a community for those infected, and this where Keoma rescues a pregnant woman on her way there and returns her back to town. His three half-brothers have joined Caldwell, and I don't think that highly of their brother's return. But loyalty to their father, they won't kill him. His father William Shannon and former family servant/only friend George eventually join Keoma to break the strangle hold Caldwell possess.

Whoa! How good? Real good. Director Enzo G. Castellari's grand looking and interesting spaghetti western comes across as a powerful and beautifully constructed Greek tragedy with a cynical and almost psychological edge bound to it. There's a bit everything chucked into this passionate and intelligent exercise. Breathing high on mood and atmosphere, photographer Aiace Parolin exquisitely frames the mercilessly brooding locations and Castellari's stylishly first-rate direction keeps the film sombre with a brutally unsparing and dirt-laced tone in its dramatic images and context. Good use of abstract lighting and composition, he knows how to keep the viewer at bay with slam-bang set pieces towards the end and a downbeat undercurrent. Inventive framing and exposition also shows the quality of his direction. The glorious slow-motion shootouts and editing technique (ala Sam Peckinpah) are dazzling and how about the constant jumping or leaping in the air. Was there a hidden trampoline on set?! Everything about it held a nice rhythm to it and you just get swept along. Even the flashback sequences are positioned in the story accordingly and in a fulfilling style. The lyrical story is full of symbolic and thematic issues (freedom being the main focal point) that do pack a punch, but also showing a vulnerable side. This gave it a real singular vibe to set it apart from the crowd. Hell, I didn't mind the uncanny and soaring ballad soundtrack too. The way it actually interlocked with the film's sequences, I thought it gave the film some soul and a backbone (well other than always charismatically reliable Nero). A rugged Franco Nero was outstanding. Both mentally and psychically in his scrappy determination and seldom figure Keoma. The impressively committed Woody Strode was excellent. William Berger brought class, and Olga Karlatos decently balanced out an innocent side that really was moving. Donald O'Brien nails it down in a starch turn as the villainous Caldwell.

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