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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:
Director Enzo G. Castellari has stated that out of all the films he has directed, Keoma is his personal favorite.See more »
Quotes:
[commandeering the townspeople's medicine]
Confederate Soldier:This land belongs to Mr. Caldwell, along with everything that's on it. Now, you had to pay for the water... and now you gotta pay for the medicines.
[laughs]
Keoma:Hey! I'll pay this time.
Confederate Soldier:How much you willing to pay?
Keoma:Four cents.
Confederate Soldier:Four cents? Four cents is mighty little.
Keoma:The price of four bullets.
[Keoma counts off the members of Caldwell's gang on his fingers]
Keoma:One, two, three, and four.
[...]
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Oneiric murder tapestry, 12 April 2007
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

Review of English-language Blue Underground version:

My, my these Spaghettis. In Keoma (Franco Nero), we have a man who has descended into hell, he has become an annihilator. The landscape is infernal, from the Breughelesque sets to the leering henchman to the blasted mountains. For his enemies, he has two barrels of a shotgun, and no pity. The hell is as much in his mind as it is in the town he rides into. He is a man with no place, ideology or purpose. Unlike Eastwood's characters in the dollars trilogy who are without history or neuroses, with Nero as Keoma we have a profound psychological portrait of a man in spiritual agony, on the road to obliteration and self-immolation.

The scenario is also hellish, we have a town and a region that has been taken over by a warlord. He and his henchman block access from and to the outside world. The townsfolk are all infected with a plague, and rather than given access to medical aid, they are put in a concentration camp and forced to mine for silver, or simply murdered. The town is left to the henchmen and their trollops. This for me is very unlike a western in the traditional American sense. In the American western, there are always the upright people of the town to appeal to, there is a sheriff, or as a last resort the cavalry. People may be run off their land or be claim-jumped, but they are never forced into slave labour.

What we have in Keoma, and in similar movies such as Django and Django Strikes Again, is a fundamentally African western, which is probably why Spaghetti goes down so well on that continent. The town in Keoma is more reminiscent of somewhere in Sierra Leone than the Sierra Nevada. There is total brutal oppression of the populace. There is a reckless attitude towards the value of life. Keoma is likewise a more fitting hero for such a landscape, he is almost a Christ-like figure in the sense that he is betrayed or deserted by everyone in this movie, his family, the oppressed, and the liberated. When Keoma is crucified on a wagonwheel the artisans, politicos, henchmen and whores celebrate a change of leadership in the saloon that was entirely down to him. He is constantly grimy, his hair is totally overgrown, he is hirsute, sweaty, and wears no overshirt. Seeing him shove his pistol down the back of his trousers against his bare back will make the ladies a little queasy.

This movie has a very dreamlike atmosphere. The reason for this is that there is no real cohesive plot. Apparently Castellari threw the script in the bin immediately prior to shooting and adopted a completely improvisational approach. The only consistency to the movie is that of image and emotion. Throughout the movie is laced with the anguish of haunted souls, and punctuated by the slow-mo killings after the fashion of Peckinpah. The improvisation can unfortunately be quite clear. Some of the actors were writing their own lines the night before shooting. The dialogue is not always brilliant to say the least, and it is not helped by Nero's far from accent-less English. However this is about the only film where improvisation could work, simply because it is entirely beneficial to the oneiric, logic-less atmosphere.

The De Angelis brothers' soundtrack will be interesting to some because of the untrained voices. Nero sings quite a lot of it himself, and you will have to suspend disbelief and accept it, because although the man clearly has no singing talent, there is an authenticity to his singing that is refreshing.

I'm not sure what Woody Strode was doing in this picture, but flashbacks of him shooting his bow add to the trippiness. Keoma the movie is not quite as far-out as something by Jodorowsky, but it's on the way.

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