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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 »

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Cast overview:
Glen Lee ...
Johnny
Venetia Vianello ...
Kelly
James Westerfield ...
John Applebee
Virgil Frye ...
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 ...
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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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A lost gem waiting for rediscovery
7 August 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Here's a spaghetti western that barely gets a paragraph in Thomas Weisser's excellent overview of the genre---it's THAT obscure. Much to my delight, the film is far better than Weisser's brief synopsis implies. Lucky Johnny (as a child) is rescued by an undertaker just as a rattlesnake is about to pounce. The two of them go about their ghoulish business until they decide it's time to strike it rich. There are two intriguing subplots involving a pair of down on their luck stage robbers and a black cavalryman who is victimised by greedy bounty hunters. The film was originally shot in Panavision, and even the crummy pan and scan TV version I caught couldn't obscure some outstanding cinematography. Topped off with a fine score, highlighted by an excellent (uncredited) 70s soul song over the end credits, Lucky Johnny is another obscuro film waiting to be rediscovered by our good friends at Anchor Bay. I'll be first in line for the DVD.


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