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John the Bastard (1967)

John il bastardo (original title)
A cynical seducer of women discovers he is actually a son of a wealthy Mexican landowner.


Armando Crispino


Lucio Battistrada (screenplay) (as Lucio Manlio Battistrada), Armando Crispino | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Richardson ... John Donald Tenorio
Claudio Camaso ... Don Francisco Tenorio
Martine Beswick ... Dona Antonia
Luisa Della Noce Luisa Della Noce ... Sara
Claudio Gora ... Don Diego Tenorio
Furio Meniconi Furio Meniconi ... Papa Buck
Gordon Mitchell ... Danite
Glauco Onorato Glauco Onorato ... Morenillo
Gia Sandri ... Linda
Nadia Scarpitta Nadia Scarpitta ... Chica
Patrizia Valturri Patrizia Valturri ... Edith
Thelma Anderson Thelma Anderson
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino
Loredana Giustini Loredana Giustini
Mirella Pamphili ... (as Mirella Pompili)


A cynical seducer of women discovers he is actually a son of a wealthy Mexican landowner.

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16 November 1967 (Italy) See more »

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Spaghetti version based on ¨Don Juan Tenorio¨ , focusing his tempestuous life and heritage
19 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Entertaining and amusing picture contains an engaging plot , Western action , shootouts , twists and turns . Film inspired on the character from "Don Juan Tenorio" . John (John Richardson) is a cynical and attractive seducer of women . John devotes his life to seduce girls , taking great pride in his ability to conquer female people of all ages and stations in life . His seductive lifestyle brings with it all the faces in the world , but soon after Juan discovers he is actually a bastard son of a rich Mexican landowner (Claudio Gora) who is retired at a monastery and whose another son (Claudio Volonte who subsequently committed suicide , and Gian Maria Volonte's brother) is jealous of John's sudden presence .

The film packs action , shootouts , high body-count , go riding and lots of shots . This is a peculiar adaptation upon the known classic plays written by Tirso Molina and Juan De Zorrilla . This decent flick contains a story full of crosses as well as double-crosses , romance , ups and downs pace , thrills and ordinary direction . It results to be a very acceptable Maccaroni adventure based on a classic novel realized in Spaghetti Western wake . Weak acting by main starring John Richardson , his big success was Don Chaffey's One million years B.C. (1966) , produced by Hammer films , with Raquel Welch and in which he met his wife Martine Beswick . Later on , following the steps of some other actors , he went on to appear in various Italian movies , such as : Torso (1972) , Frankenstein '80 , Umberto Lenzi's horror Eyeball (1975), Michele Soavi's La Chiesa (1989) and many others ; but his recent movies filmed in the 80s convinced him to quit acting completely and , nowadays , he is a noteworthy photographer . Here appears ordinary secondaries and familiar faces from Spaghetti Western , such as : Claudio Camaso , Martine Beswick , Claudia Gravy , Gia Sandri , Remo De Angelis , and Gordon Mitchell as a weird Mormon bounty hunter . Special mention for Claudio Gora as a wealthy landowner .

It contains an attractive score with plenty of Spaghetti sounds by Nico Fidenco and Del'Orso , including wonderful songs . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Sante Achilli , shot in Almeria , Spain. The motion picture was professionally directed and in traditional Spaghetti style by Armando Crispino , a writer and director expert on all kinds of genres as Wartime , Gialli , thriller , terror ..as ¨Commandos¨ , ¨The Boxer¨ , ¨The Etruscan Kills Again¨ , ¨Autopsy¨ ..

This famous myth about Don Juan -freely based on Tirso De Molina and José Zorrilla plays- has several cinematic renditions , such as : Silent version ¨The private life of Don Juan¨ by Douglas Fairbanks , ¨Adventures of Don Juan¨ with Errol Flynn , Viveca Lindfords , ¨Nights and Loves of Don Juan¨ by Alfonso Brescia with Robert Hoffman , Edwige Fenech , ¨Don Juan of Moliere¨ starred and directed by Jacques Wever with Penélope Cruz , ¨Don Giovanni¨ composed by Mozart with Ruggero Raimondi , ¨Don Juan De Marco¨ with Johnny Depp , Marlon Brando , ¨Don Juan De Los Infiernos¨ by Gonzalo Suarez with Fernando Guillen , ¨Don Juan Mi Querido Fantasma¨ by Antonio Mercero with Juan Luis Galiardo and ¨Don Jon¨ (2013) written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt , among others .

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