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Bullets and the Flesh (1964)

Il piombo e la carne (original title)
The rich landowner, Nat Masters, is persecuting an Indian tribe to take possession of their woods. His daughter is in love with chief, Chata, a relationship which is opposed by both ... See full summary »


Marino Girolami (as Fred Wilson)


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Credited cast:
Rod Cameron ... Nathaniel Masters
Patricia Viterbo Patricia Viterbo ... Mabel Masters
Ennio Girolami ... Sam Masters (as Thomas Moore)
Bruno Piergentili Bruno Piergentili ... Chata (as Dan Harrison)
Manuel Zarzo ... Nelson Masters
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... Master's Maid (as Carrol Brown)
Alfredo Mayo ... Mortimer Lasky
Julio Peña ... Sheriff
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Jonathan
Tota Alba ... Minnea
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Jefe indio
Antonio Danesi Antonio Danesi ... (as Tonino Danes)
Gonzalo de Esquiroz Gonzalo de Esquiroz ... Robby (as Gonzalo Esquiroz)
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Judge
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce ... Cliente


The rich landowner, Nat Masters, is persecuting an Indian tribe to take possession of their woods. His daughter is in love with chief, Chata, a relationship which is opposed by both families. Trying to quell the affair, she is informed of her mother's past infidelity and Chata is framed and sent to prison.

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30 December 1964 (Italy) See more »

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Bullet in the Flesh See more »

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Referenced in Una questione d'onore (1966) See more »

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Spanish-Italian co-production about an Indian young facing rivalry among families and a tragic love story
15 May 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Il Piombo e la Carne¨ or ¨El Sendero de Odio¨ is a lot of fun to watch . It's an acceptable story dealing with racial issues, adding a touch of peculiarity, some great characters, an amazing music score and doesn't follows the Sergio Leone wake , but it is proceeded in American models . Chorizo/Spaghetti about a violent feud among two families with an Indian hero named Chata played by Dean Harrison against the McMasters family . The film blends a love story , violence, blood, tension, and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . The Indian starring , Dean Harrison or Bruno Pierginteli falls in love for white woman , Patricia Viterbo (a bit later when shooting a film in Paris , she sadly died at 24 years old by car crash), or Marie Versini as Mabel Masters and they have a lot of problems . Two families , the Masters (formed by the father Nathaniel MacMasters played by veteran Rod Cameron and sons, Ennio Girolami , Manuel Zarzo and Marie Versini) and an Indian family live in eternal facing off . In the beginning of the movie there is a thought-provoking sentence attributed to William Penn . After that, Chata is double-crossed and takes place an ambush . His dog is killed and Chata seeks vendetta . After suffering atrocity , Chata executes a single-handedly revenge , he hits , ravage and kills . The conflict is simple one between an avenger Indian who ultimately takes the law on his own hands and a Baron land with his sons .

It's a Western freely based on famous novel by Shakespeare titled ¨Romeo and Giuletta¨ adding racist touches . An Italian-Spanish co-production full of action , exaggerated characters, gun-play and lots of violence . This is a passable Paella/Spaghetti Western with some moments genuinely entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . Follows the exploits of a young Indian in SW usual theme, the revenge , in addition the starring attempts to reunite his lover . However , nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and new characters and new layers of complexity begin to emerge until we are enmeshed in a difficult situation among warring family members with the added problem of the original Indian still trying to track down the lady . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist Dean Harrison and the enemy ,the Masters family . The picture bears remarkable resemblance to "Man of the Cursed Valley" (1964) by Siro Marcellini , also played by a mixed couple , Ty Hardin , Iran Eory , including the usual racial problems . Dean Harrison is fine, he ravages the screen, he jumps, shoots , hit and run but also receives violent punches . Ennio Girolami , Marino Girolami's son , plays as a cruelly baddie Macmaster ,he is terrific, subsequently he would play similar characters in various oaters and Spaghettis , many of them directed by his brother Enzo G Castellari . Rod Cameron's performance in the movie is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character , but the fantastic performance by the always great Piero Lulli acting as a preacher saves the show . Furthermore, appears usual secondary actors from Italian/Spanish Western as Alfredo Mayo ,Julio Peña as a Sheriff , Manuel Zarzo , Ignacio Spalla or Pedro Sanchez , and several others.

The musician Carlo Savina composes a vibrant soundtrack in Morricone style and well conducted . Filmed in Spanish places located on outskirts Madrid and Rome and Poblado Hoyo De Manzanares , replacing Almeria . Hoyo De Manzanares where was built a Western village called 'Golden City' resulted to be the locations in which were shot lots of Western produced and directed by Spanish and Italian and occasionally American people . This motion picture was well photographed by Manuel Berenguer , a good cameraman of super-productions realized in Spain during the 60s and 70s as ¨The thin red line¨ , ¨Krakatoa , East of Java¨ , ¨Savage Pampas¨ , ¨King of kings¨ , ¨A town called Bastard¨ and ¨Son of a gunfighter¨. The film was rightly directed by Marino Girolami , under pseudonym Fred Wilson or Dario Silvestri , he is father of Enzo G. Castellari and Ennio Girolami and brother of Romolo Guerrieri . He was a craftsman working in all kind of genres as Western such as "Badmen of the West" ,"Two Ringos from Texas", "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" , "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" and specially , Terror and comedies .

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