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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:
William Berger is respectively 13, 15, 18 and 25 years older than the actors playing his sons.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Keoma:He can't die. And you know why? Because he's free. And man who's free never dies.
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Featured in The Spaghetti West (2005) (V)See more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Man Who Is Free Never Dies, 20 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After the American Civil War, the half-breed Keoma (Franco Nero) returns to his homeland and rescues a beautiful pregnant woman accused of having plague, Lisa (Olga Karlatos), from a gang leaded by the landlord Caldwell (Donald O'Brian). Later he meets his former slave servant and friend George (Woody Strode), now a drunk free man, and his father, William Shannon (William Berger), and he is informed that the town is under siege of Caldwell's men, without supplies of medicine or food and justice, with the dweller dying of plague and starvation and sick people is being isolated in an old mine. Further, his three dangerous half-brothers have joined Caldwell's force. Keoma decides to help Lisa and the dwellers to retrieve their freedom and dignity, and he finds how despicable the inhabitants are.

The unknown western "Keoma" was a great surprise for me. Although predictable, the story is great, disclosing the relationship of Keoma with his brothers and father through his recollections from his childhood, and does not have a happy commercial end. Franco Nero is amazing in the role of a lonely half-Indian with a great sense of justice and freedom, love and loyalty to his father and regret and resentment to his half-brothers. The direction and cinematography are excellent, with a fantastic choreography of the fights, set decoration and costumes: in the dusty, windy and dirty city, the men's clothes (and themselves) are very dirty, and not like in most of Hollywood movies, where the cowboys wear very clean clothes. There is a particular scene that I believe is unique in the cinema, when Keoma promises four bullets for four hit men, and while bending his four fingers, we see each of his targets. The annoying soundtrack, although having the good intention of creating a narrative of the feelings of the characters, is the only negative aspect in this movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Keoma"

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