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Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace (1965)

Pistoleros de Arizona (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Woods ... Jeff Clayton
Fernando Sancho ... Carrancho
Helmut Schmid ... Jimmy el Negro (as Helmut Schmit)
Maria Sebaldt Maria Sebaldt ... Helen Greenwood (as Maria Sebalt)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Dingus (as A. Molino Rojo)
Frank Stewart Frank Stewart ... David Greenwood
Richard Häussler ... Dundee (as Richard Haussler)
Miguel de la Riva Miguel de la Riva ... Don
Nino Persello Nino Persello ... Gitano Jack (as Norman Preston)
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Juez Keystone
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Craig
Jaime Avellán Jaime Avellán ... Benson
Pedro Gil Pedro Gil ... Sheriff
César Ojinaga César Ojinaga ... Glenn, Dueño del rancho
Fernando Rubio Fernando Rubio ... Fulgencio


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Release Date:

11 June 1965 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mediocre Paella/Spaghetti/Butifarra Western co-produced by Spain/Italy , with the unforgettable Fernando Sancho as a Mexican bandit
19 June 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film packs Western action , comical elements , thrills , shoot'em up , brawls , and results to be quite entertaining . It's a middle-budget film with ordinary actors , technicians , decent production values and average results . A card player called Jeff Clayton (Robert Wood) plays a ranch against an owner , as he earns the card gambling and takes his ranch . Along the way Jeff meets a tied Mexican bandit called Carrancho (the braggart Fernando Sancho who would play the sequel as starring titled ¨Viva Carrancho¨ and acting lots of occasions in similar character) and frees him but he escapes robbing his horse . Jeff , then , goes to the ranch called ¨G.G.¨ where he meets two brothers : Hellen (Maria Sebaldt) and David (Francisco Garcia or Frank Stewart) and helps them . Later on , Clayton faces off Jimmy El Negro (nasty Helmut Schmid who holds a whip and usually lashing) and his hoodlums (Antonio Molino Rojo and Miguel De la Riva) who are under undercover orders a powerful lawyer (Richard Haussler) and all of them want to take over the ranches of the region . After that , the swanky Carrancho assaults a stagecoach but Clayton detains him to utilize him as a crucial witness .

This exciting tortilla/Ravioli Western packs thrills , shootouts , hilarious situations , riding pursuits and several other things . Furthermore , there are also the ordinary brawls , punches , hits , slaps and kick-asses . Italian-Spanish co-production filmed in Catalunya , full of familiar faces , action , exaggerated characters , crossfire and lots of shots and fights . Starring Robert Woods is pretty nice , he ravages the screen , he jumps, leaps and bounds , hits and runs , besides receives violent punches , kicks and wounds . Robert Woods makes a serviceable swift-shooting hero in a role . Robert starred several Tortilla/Ravioli Western as "Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace" , "Seven Guns for the MacGregors" , ¨Black Jack¨, ¨El Puro¨, "Gatling Gun" , among others . Worthwhile watching for a demonstration of the confrontation between Robert Woods and Helmut Schmid with some looks that say it all , including a thrilling ending shotdown . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . It's a three country co-production : Spain/Italy/Germany but is clearly dominated by the Spanish contingent and the traditional leanings of the Spanish producers of the time have their stamp on the entire proceedings . The Spanish westerns of this era were far more likely to try and emulate their American source material than cultivate a distinctive style of their own the way the Italians were doing their product , though this one has penchant for hilarious happenings and roles , thanks to the boastful Fernando Sancho , playing an illiterate as well as humorous Mexican outlaw , whose role would play a lots of times ,as he starred multitude ¨Chorizo¨ or ¨Pipperone¨ Westerns interpreting the quarrelsome , swanky Mexican outlaw , such as ¨A pistol for Ringo¨, ¨Return of Ringo¨, "Requiem for a Gringo" , "Dakota Joe" , ¨Winchester Bill¨ , "One Hundred Thousand Dollars for Ringo" , "The Man Who Came to Kill" and several others . If you like Chorizo , Paella , Butifarra or Spaghetti or Schnitzel westerns , this "Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace" or ¨Pistoleros De Arizona¨ remains lightly watchable .

This picture "Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace¨ being regularly photographed by Carlo Carlini in Technicolor , Techniscope , though is necessary a fine remastering because of the film-copy is washed-out . Mostly filmed in atmospheric scenarios on location in Fraga , (Huesca) , similar to Almeria , and a Western village located in ¨Spugles De Llobregat¨ built by producers/directors brothers : Alfonso Balcázar , Francisco Balcázar , Juan Jose Balcazar though this Balcazar family went to bankrupt and had to sell the terrains , including the usual General supplies , Saloon , livery stable , wall paper merchandise , dressmaker , billiard parlor , barber shop , undertaker , General store , and other shops and buildings ; it resulted to be the locations where were shot lots of Westerns produced and directed by Catalan people as Alfonso Balcazar , J.J. Balcazar , Jose Antonio De La Loma , Juan Bosch , Xavier Marchal , Jose Maria Zabalza , Manuel Esteba , Ignacio F. Iquino , and Julio Buchs , among others , because Almeria was too far and the Fraga landscapes bear remarkable resemblance . There are many fine technicians , as future filmmaker Romolo Girolami , Film Editing by Teresa Alcocer , nice assistant direction and adequate production design by the usual Juan Albert Soler , the latter creates an acceptable scenario . Climatic musical score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino .

This motion picture was middlingly directed by Alfonso Balcazar , and with no originality ; he managed to make a fluid and filled with punches as well as fighting Western , though mediocre . This Italian & Spanish co-production qualifies as a low-budget, mid-brow western, a level before the seminal Spaghetti westerns . Alfonso alongside his brothers Juan Jose Balcazar and Francisco Balcázar produced and directed a lot of Chorizo or Butifarra Western , most of them starred by Jorge Martin or George Martin , Luis Davila , Daniel Martin or Robert Woods ; such as 1972 The return of Clint , 1972 Judas... ¡Toma Monedas! , 1968 Sartana no Perdone or Sonora , 1967 With Death on Your Back, 1966 Dinamita Jim , 1965 Doc , Manos De Plata , 1965 Viva Carrancho , 1965 Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace . Rating : 4.5/10 . Average

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