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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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Who will be the last man standing? See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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

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Regretting the invite?
10 January 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A modest little matinée western with little in way of style with its methodical direction, but leading the way are the strikingly prominent performances from Yul Brynner, George Segal, Pat Hingle, Janice Rule and backing it up is a lyrically well-oiled script stringed to a customary, but accessibly gripping premise that patiently builds upon its unfolding situations.

A confederate solider Matt Weaver returns back to his small town after the civil war to find out his home has been sold by the dominating town boss Sam Brewster. Causing a ruckus, Brewster hires the interestingly mysterious gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to take care of Brewster; however Jules gets caught up in the devious shades of a town run by corrupt figures.

The way the story pans out is thoughtfully projected and the framework delivers it in an unconventional manner with some psychological interplays. The way the steely protagonist uses the situation to gain what he wants and hand out much needed justice within the shameful town simply holds you there. It's literally chatty, but never does it outstay its welcome. A sternly defined Brynner is outstanding (as the camera magnetically follows him around) and likewise is a booming Hingle. When the action/shoot outs occur they're rather sparse, but toughly staged despite its obvious studio bound sets.


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