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The Americano (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 29 January 1955 (USA)
An American working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Leslie T. White (story), Guy Trosper (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Sam Dent
Frank Lovejoy ... Bento Hermany
Cesar Romero ... Manuel Silvera / 'El Gato' / Barbossa
Ursula Thiess ... Marianna
Abbe Lane ... Teresa
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Cristino
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Captain Gonzalez
Tom Powers ... Jim Rogers
Dan White ... Barney Dent
Frank Marlowe ... Captain of Ship
George Navarro George Navarro ... Tuba Masero
Nyra Monsour Nyra Monsour ... Tuba's Sister
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Storyline

An American Rancher takes a small herd of Brahma bulls to Brazil where he has sold them for a small fortune. There, he finds himself in the middle of a range war......and in love. His concern, who are really his friends and who are his enemies? Written by WesternWildcard

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Plot Keywords:

brazil | american | range | bull | bandit | See All (33) »

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Adventure in Brazil! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Americano See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Kennedy had begun filming when the money ran out and shooting had to be discontinued. When the funding was finally found, Kennedy was working on another project, so he had to be replaced with Frank Lovejoy. See more »

Goofs

The language of Brazil is Portuguese, yet every "native" in this movie either speaks Spanish or a terrible mix of the two. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stevie: Pa, how far is Brazil?
Barney Dent: That's a long way away, Stevie - clear across the world.
Daughter: Is it as far as Amarillo?
Barney Dent: Yeah, farther!
Stevie: Why are our bulls going to Brazil?
Barney Dent: Because we sold 'em to a rancher down there.
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Soundtracks

The Americano
Lyrics by Tom Smith
Music by Xavier Cugat and George Rosner
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Tight Identification, Neat Closure
24 February 2013 | by LobotomousMonkSee all my reviews

This is a much better Technicolor production than many of the other Castle films of the era. Castle brings back his oblique staging/blocking and adds some interesting low and high angle shots (which had been poorly employed in preceding Castle films) in order to develop a clear psychological motivation for the titular character. The shot-reverse-shot construction is more subtle than previous Technicolor Castle films, making the suture smoother and thus more endearing for the spectator. Depth of field creeps back into Castle's stylistic system in this film, aided by picturesque natural exteriors. Castle plays around with montage again, purposeful as ellipsis and appropriate to plot progression. I am reserved in labeling certain elements of the production as budget due to the possibility of a poor transfer for the copy I viewed (in particular I am referring to the cross-cut shots of wild animals). The script is more natural and a nice fit for the milieu of the film - real people talking honestly to each other. Pace slows and shot-reverse-shot construction gets sloppy half way through the film but is compensated for by some frantic action sequences that distinguish a morality for Ford's character that drives the rest of the narrative forward. There is a nice song (musical number) tri-functional as entr'acte for the story, prompt for budding romantic subplots and homage to the chanchadas of Brazil (ironic, given that after all the Columbia Pictures distribution of Castle's films that The Americano was released through RKO). It was at this time that Columbia Pictures's exploitation of the Brazilian film market was reaching critical mass and spurring the development of the Cinema Novo counter-cinema movement. Dramatic confessions under extreme duress perfectly mirror Castle's The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) and tease out a neat closure to a film that operated with few plot contrivances.


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