Dead Aim (1975)
"Arde baby, arde" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Thriller  |  16 October 1975 (Mexico)
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A traveling gravedigger during an (unspecified) war adopts a orphan he finds alone in the desert. After the war with the orphan grown and business slow, the orphan begins to generate ... See full summary »


(as José Antonio Balanos)


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A traveling gravedigger during an (unspecified) war adopts a orphan he finds alone in the desert. After the war with the orphan grown and business slow, the orphan begins to generate business himself by shooting people. The orphan wants to make one big score by robbing a bank but the gravedigger resists. Their dream is to open a fancy funeral parlor and cemetery. The orphan becomes obsessed with a prostitute he saw who was later abandoned by her outlaw partner after a robbery attempt on a gold wagon goes bad. He eventually leaves the gravedigger to find her. Written by Greg Schwager

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This film was shot in English and was later dubbed into Spanish for its Mexican release. See more »


The man whom finds the baby almost bite by a rattler, says he has to give his mom a proper burial since she's dead, but when it cuts to him burying her with a shovel, you can clearly see she's still breathing, as the actress' breath is raising the sand up and down with her chest. See more »

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Tasty Quesadilla Western with Some Magical Undercurrents
20 December 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This Mexico / U.S. film is reminiscent of "spaghetti westerns" of the late '60s and '70s. It has the same cinematic style and emphasis on a winding, convoluted, and somewhat ridiculous plot, decorated by a lot of very accurate gunfighting.

This was James Westerveld's (a talented character actor) last film, and his performance is no disappointment. Westerveld co-stars in support of relative unknown Glen Lee. Lee's character - "Johnnie" - is a psychological case-study. Applebee (Westerveldt) rescues him from a rattler right after Johnny is orphaned in the desert in the spectacularly disorienting opening scenes. As it turns out, Johnny has an almost mystical connection with his gun and becomes Applebee's bodyguard as Applebee raises Johnny like a son. Applebee is an itinerant mortician. With this set up, the plot possibilities seem unlimited - and they are explored nicely! Dead Aim, despite the lightweight title, is a fine little western. the cinematography is good, the acting is good, and the story is entertaining. The script suffers a little from translation, but even this helps give the story and characters a slightly "off" feeling -which is very appropriate given the story-line.

I do not know much about the short-lived Jose Bolanos - who directed this - but I will keep an eye out for therest of his films now that I have seen this.

Recommended for fans of '70s westerns.

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