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Hands of a Gunfighter (1965)

Ocaso de un pistolero (original title)
A reformed gunman returns to his earlier life seeking justice when the Castle brothers shoot his friends.

Director:

Rafael Romero Marchent (as Rafael R. Marchent)

Writer:

Joaquín Romero Hernández (screenplay) (as Joaquin Luis Romero Hernandez)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Hill ... Dan Murphy (as Graig Hill)
Gloria Milland Gloria Milland ... Miriam Murphy
Conchita Núñez Conchita Núñez ... Margaret Dixon
Carlos Romero Marchent ... Pat Davis
Jesús Puente ... Sheriff Roger
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Davy Castle
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Alex Dixon (as Paco Sanz)
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Mack (as Raf Baldasarre)
Hugo Blanco ... Charlie Castle
Luis Induni ... Capataz de Castle
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Slim Castle
Goyo Lebrero Goyo Lebrero ... Borrachín
Francisco José Huetos Francisco José Huetos ... Andy (as Francisco Huetos)
Rufino Inglés ... Tendero
José Villasante José Villasante ... Henry
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A reformed gunman returns to his earlier life seeking justice when the Castle brothers shoot his friends.

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is a surprisingly low-key Paella Western in which a retired gunfighter takes on a dangerous group of nasty brothers
9 March 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Passable Tortilla Western well starred by the American Craig Hill and compellingly directed by Rafael Marchent . Cool Spaghetti full of fury , action, and portentous duels . This decent as well as enjoyable Paella Western owes a considerable debt to Leone and packs violence , shootouts , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . It deals with a retired gunslinger named Don Murphy (Craig Hill) happily married to Laura Murphy (Gloria Milland) . Years before, on the run and trying to encounter a location to settle down, a Sheriff (Jesus Puente) accidentally shoots and murders their son . In retribution , Murphy takes Sheriff's own son . Nowadays , they live in a ranch next to a little town dominated by the powerful Carter Brothers (Lorenzo Robledo , Hugo Planco , Piero Lulli) led by John (Jose Guardiola) and their foreman (Luis Induni) . When he learns his friend Pat Davis (director's brother , Carlos Romero Marchent , who usually plays his films) is shot , Murphy seeks vengeance against the Carter brothers who cowardly killed him . Murphy is relentless in his vendetta , deadly in his violence .

Spaghetti with Chorizo Western crammed with thrills , drama , shoot em' up , murders and lots of violence and action . An Italian-Spanish co-production full of emotion , exaggerated characters, shootouts and twists . The motion picture was well written by ordinary Joaquin Romero and professionally directed by Rafael Romero Marchent . Leone-style Western with nice performances and fine direction by Rafael Romero Marchent who creates some good action scenes and exciting set pieces . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist Craig Hill against Jose Guardiola and his brothers : Hugo Blanco , Lorenzo Robledo and Piero Lulli . The movie contains typical particularities Spaghetti , as is full of fury , sadism , bloodbaths , and close-ups of grime-encrusted faces . The notorious Spaghetti/Paella actor , Craig Hill is good in his usual tough role , here playing a former gunman , now farmer, become into a terrible avenger . His role is well performed , he plays as a relentless revenger , a violent veteran who seeks a bloody vendetta , an usual plot in Spaghetti/Paella Western . Craig Hill played a lot of Spaghetti such as "Seven Pistols for a Massacre" , "Rick and John¨ , ¨Conquerors of the West¨ , ¨Bounty hunter¨ , "I Want Him Dead" , "Fifteen Scaffolds for the Killer" , "Three Crosses of Death" , ¨Bury Them Deep¨ , and this "Hands of a Gunfighter" or ¨Ocaso de un Pistolero¨ , his first Western . His main enemy is rightly performed by Jose Guardiola as a cruelly baddie role is terrific, he subsequently would play similar characters . Furthermore, there appears usual Italian/Spanish Western support actors , a largely secondary cast plenty with Spanish/Italian secondaries , all of them ordinary in Chorizo western , such as Jesús Puente , Raf Baldassarre , Piero Lulli , Francisco Sanz , Jesus Guzman , Luis Induni , Hugo Blanco, Lorenzo Robledo , Rufino Ingles , Emilio Rodriguez , among others , though there sadly lacks the great Fernando Sancho . Adequate photography by Miguel Fernandez Mila , being necessary a right remastering because of the film copy is washed out , filmed on location in Las Rozas , Manzanares Del Real , La Pedriza , Madrid . And being accompanied by an agreeable musical score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino , including catching leitmotif.

The movie was produced in enough budget by Ricardo Sanz who financed various Paella Western such as "My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow" , ¨4 Implacables¨ , ¨Bala Marcada¨ and "I'll Kill Him and Return Alone" . Being professionally directed and in his own personal style by Rafael Romero Marchent . Rafael Romero Marchent was born on May 3, 1926 in Madrid, Spain. He is a director and actor, known for Garringo, Un Dolar de Recompensa , or Manos Torpes . Rafael Romero Marchent was brother of Joaquin Luis Romero , who was the first to shoot Westerns in Spain . At first, Rafael Romero began in films as an actor, but when his career began to wane, he preferred to spend time behind the camera . Rafael is an expert writer and director of Spaghetti Western as proved in ¨Two crosses on Danger Pass¨, Cry for revenge¨, ¨Two guns for two twins¨ and ¨Sartana Kills Them All¨ or ¨Un par Asesinos¨. While his brother Joaquin Marchent is deemed the Paella Western's best director , his first film was ¨El Coyote¨ and the sequel titled ¨Revenge of Coyote¨ shot in Mexico ; after that , he filmed ¨The shadow of Zorro¨ and ¨Revenge of Zorro¨, he went go directing Western as ¨ Riding to death ¨ , ¨Adventures in the West¨ , ¨Three good men¨, ¨Sabor Venganza ¨ and the most popular and violent ¨Condenados a Vivir¨ . Plus , he wrote for his brother Rafael Romero Marchent the followings Western : ¨Manos Torpes¨, ¨Ocaso Un Pistolero¨ , ¨Garringo¨ , ¨Dos Cruces en Danger Pass¨ and ¨Sartana Kills Them All¨. Rating : 6/10 .Passable and decent Chorizo Western , though contains some flaws and gaps ; however , it results to be entertaining .


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