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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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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:
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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Latter day Spaghetti Western shines in all departments...... apart from the soundtrack See more (42 total) »

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)

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
 
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
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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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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Franco Nero's long hair is a wig.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Irredeemables (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
In Front of My DesperationSee more »

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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Latter day Spaghetti Western shines in all departments...... apart from the soundtrack, 21 March 2005
Author: marc-366 from United Kingdom

Talk to most Spaghetti Western fans and they will declare Keoma to be one of the finest of the genre's movies, and probably the best of the latter day ones. However they will also most probably comment on the atrocious soundtrack, which does take some getting used to. I honestly believe that if this movie had been given the Morricone touch, it would be firmly cemented as a true Spaghetti classic, standing side by side with The Big Gundown, Face to Face and Bullet for the General.

Aside from Django, this is Franco Nero's best role. A half breed venger, riding into a town decimated by both the plague and a gang of racist ex-Confederates, which includes his three hateful "brothers" in their ranks. There are also fine turns by William Berger as Keoma's adopted father Shannon, and Woody Strode as Keoma's childhood hero turned drunk, George.

As always, Castellari has injected true class into this film, with slow motion shootouts, effective flashbacks and clever camera tricks. This film is a true fitting end to the Spaghetti hay day, which had begun to loose its charm due to the ever increasing stupidity of the comedy westerns. The only negative aspect is that wretched soundtrack. Oh where was Morricone when we really needed him?

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