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Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)

Un dollaro bucato (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Romance, Western | 8 August 1965 (Italy)
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate officer returns home where he gets embroiled in local feuds involving an unscrupulous strongman and his hired henchmen.

Director:

Giorgio Ferroni (as Calvin Jackson Padget)

Writers:

Giorgio Stegani (story) (as George Finley), Giorgio Stegani (screenplay) (as George Finley) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Gary O'Hara (as Montgomery Wood)
Evelyn Stewart ... Judy O'Hara
Pierre Cressoy ... McCoy (as Peter Cross)
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Donaldson (as John Mac Douglas)
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Sheriff George Anderson (as Frank Farrel)
Tullio Altamura Tullio Altamura ... Peter (as Tor Altmayer)
Massimo Righi ... Brad (as Max Dean)
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Farmer with Donaldson (as Andrew Scott)
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Phil O'Hara (as Nicholas St.John)
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... James (as Benny Reeves)
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Slim (as Frank Liston)
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano ... Confederate Henchman (as Jean Martin)
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Henchman (as Peter Surtess)
Bernard Farber Bernard Farber ... Hombre de McCoy (as Benny Farber)
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Herrero
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Giuliano Gemma plays a confederate soldier who returns from the war to fight one at home. Unbeknownst to him, his brother has become the infamous gunfighter "Black Jack" to defeat the local bullies. Gemma agrees to ambush and kill Black Jack, only to discover too late who the outlaw really is. With vengeance in his heart he turns on his employers, who then shoot him. Written by Cristian Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 August 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pierre Cressoy is dubbed by the other actor in the French language version. See more »

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Fine entertainment for any Spaghetti Western fan.
20 August 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Handsome, charming former stuntman Giuliano Gemma is once again in good form as he plays Gary O'Hara, a former Confederate soldier in the post-Civil War era. Looking for employment, he comes to the isolated town of Yellowstone, and gets hired for a job by local fat cat McCoy (Pierre Cressoy). He survives the ensuing ordeal to learn that McCoy lied to him, and that the supposed bad man he was hired to roust was in fact his brother Phil (Nazzareno Zamperla). Saved from certain death by a strategically placed silver dollar, he goes about seeking justice.

"Blood for a Silver Dollar" is just good, straightforward entertainment, complete with gunfights, stunts, twists and turns, a lovely leading lady (Ida Galli as Garry's wife Judy), and appealing widescreen photography. It doesn't reinvent the genre, but it tells a diverting story in capable fashion for a fairly well paced 91 minutes. Certainly a lot of the pleasure derives from Gemmas' casting, and he's an engaging hero as always. Cressoy is one of those classic characters who you can just sense is going to be sneaky and corrupt, and other supporting actors like Franco Fantasia (as the sheriff) also do fine work.

Gary takes plenty of lumps before the tale is done. While we're not in much doubt that he'll rise up righteous and kick some ass, it's good that he doesn't always necessarily have the upper hand, keeping things at least fairly interesting.

Seven out of 10.


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