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Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 14 October 1964 (USA)
In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.


Richard Wilson


Alvin Sapinsley (adaptation), Hal Goodman (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Jules Gaspard d'Estaing
Janice Rule ... Ruth Adams
George Segal ... Matt Weaver
Alfred Ryder ... Doc Barker
Clifford David ... Crane Adams
Mike Kellin ... Blind Union Vet
Brad Dexter ... Kenarsie
Pat Hingle ... Sam Brewster
Bert Freed ... Sheriff
John A. Alonzo ... Manuel (as John Alonzo)
Curt Conway ... McKeever
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Hickman
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Gully
Strother Martin ... Fiddler
Clifton James ... Tuttle


When Confederate soldier Matt Weaver returns to town after the Civil War, he finds that his home has been sold by town boss Sam Brewster. Brewster hires gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to deal with Weaver, but d'Estaing's independent approach settles the town's problems in a very unorthodox manner. Written by <JeanneArmintrout@juno.com>

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He's A Vicious Killer Who Brings A Terrorized Town To Its Knees! See more »


Romance | Western


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Did You Know?


At one point Yul Brynner's character tells he is a killer and not human. Some years later Brynner did play a killer robot in Westworld (1973). See more »


When Jules (Yul Brynner) shoots Crane Adams (Clifford David), the bullet hole is center chest. The next camera shot shows the bullet hole off to the side. See more »


Ruth Adams: I heard shots. They woke me.
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: Just a little gunplay at the saloon. Nobody hurt.
Ruth Adams: Gunplay? Guns is a plaything to you?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: Play and work, Mrs. Adams. Work and play.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: NEW MEXICO TERRITORY - 1865 See more »


Referenced in A Question of Honour (1966) See more »

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30 August 2017 | by bbr00ksSee all my reviews

I have always like westerns and would consider this one a must-see. It's quite dated in places with many of it's attitudes rooted in the 1950s and some really laughable dialog. But it's moral stance and it comments on society's treatment of it's poor, it's minorities, it's women, hits you like a slap to the face. It's always a pleasure to watch Yul Brenner at work and he really carries this movie. George Segal is okay as his presumed antagonist but the real bad guy(s) in this movie are not so easily identified. I was stunned to see how much of the plot of this movie influenced one of my favorite Westerns of all time - High Plains Drifter. The resemblance is uncanny - of course HPD does it better but still I have to recommend this to anyone who likes Westerns.

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Release Date:

14 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Invitation to a Gunfighter See more »

Filming Locations:

La Posa Plain, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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