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Dead Aim (1975)

Arde baby, arde (original title)
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 »

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(as José Antonio Balanos)

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(as José Antonio Balanos), (as Pedro Miret) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Glen Lee ...
Johnny
Venetia Vianello ...
Kelly
...
...
Poggin
Evaristo Márquez ...
Lucius
Sonny Vandeusen ...
Sonny (as Granville van Deusen)
Barbara Angely ...
Sara
Carlos East ...
Deek
Jorge Russek ...
District Commisioner (as George Russek)
Tony Monaco ...
Prison Wagon Driver
Billy Joe Rouck ...
Prisoner (as Billy Joe Roucke)
Eduardo Bonada ...
Townsman
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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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Final film of James Westerfield. See more »

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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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Deader Than A Door Nail
27 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

About the only thing I liked in Dead Aim was its highly logical and original notion that out on the great plains and deserts there were a lot of people who would succumb to the elements or to violence where there would be no one to bury them. That's where James Westerfield comes in, the traveling undertaker who buries folks. His job must have taken a certain amount of nerve because in the case of several of them they could really have been ripe.

So traveling undertaker Westerfield in his final film role finds a toddler on a desert and saves him from a rattlesnake. The kid who lost his parents, father to a robber, mother to the desert, grows up to be Glen Lee. He serves as Westerfield's assistant and in the meantime learns some skill with a colt. And then of course he becomes a source for Westerfield's trade.

Being on in the desert his education has been neglected in certain matters so when he catches sight of Venetia Vianello, he decides to pursue the areas he's been lacking. The fact she belongs already to Virgil Frye does complicate things and serves as the basis for the rest of the story.

This was a Mexican production that aspired to pasta status, but fails to meet even those standards. It's got some dull stretches in it and a musical score which does not measure up to that which you hear in spaghetti horse operas.

There are a lot of fine south of the border westerns which you can catch occasionally on Spanish language television in the USA. Dead Aim just isn't one of them.


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