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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.

Director:

Richard Wilson

Writers:

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

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 Curt Conway ... McKeever
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Hickman
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Gully
Strother Martin ... Fiddler
Clifton James ... Tuttle
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They Call Him "Jewel"... Although He Smokes Expensive Cigars And Wears Fancy Shirts, He's A Vicious Killer Who Brings A Terrorized Town To Its Knees! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Convite a Um Pistoleiro See more »

Filming Locations:

La Posa Plain, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,100,000, 31 December 1964
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Psycho (1960) house set on the Universal back lot was the home for the character "Sam Brewster". See more »

Goofs

In the poker game, Jules (Yul Brynner) deals himself a card. When he flicks the card over, it inadvertently reveals the card to be a 5 of Hearts. When he finally reveals his cards, they are ALL Kings, which in itself is unusual, however part of the story. See more »

Quotes

Townsman: I've got a half dollar that says he's a skinny runt tied to a big gun. You know, them skinny ones is the ones that get handy with a gun. They got to, you know.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Version of Playhouse 90: Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) See more »

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Another Cajun Gunfighter Portrayal for Yul Brynner
27 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is an underrated western with a great moral lesson about both racism and judging too quickly from appearances. The townspeople led by Pat Hingle in this northern leaning western town hire Yul Brynner to gun down George Segal who has returned from the Civil War after fighting for the Confederacy. George Segal has come back to claim his land and his woman, each of which has been taken by another.

AS the movie progresses it's slowly revealed that the Union leaning town is not what it seems to be. Pat Hingle plays a politician very common for 30 years after the Civil War, adept at what they called "waving the bloody shirt." Just demagogue away at who did what and where during the war and ignore the current issues both social and economic.

During the course of The Magnificent Seven, Yul Brynner's Chris Adams is referred to as a Cajun. Here he's given a proper Cajun name of Jules D'Estaing and when his secret is revealed, a whole lot of people in that town have to confront their own prejudices.

Makes for worthwhile viewing.


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