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The Tall Women (1966)

Las 7 magnificas (original title)
Seven women are the only survivors of an Apache attack on a wagon train. They must cross the desert on foot to escape the Indians who are hunting them.

Directors:

Rudolf Zehetgruber (as Cehett Grooper), Gianfranco Parolini (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Mino Roli (story) (as Mike Ashley), Miguel F. Alonso (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Mary Ann
Maria Perschy ... Ursula
María Mahor ... Dorothy
Perla Cristal ... Pilar
Rossella Como Rossella Como ... Katy Grimaldi (as Rosella Como)
Christa Linder ... Bridget
Adriana Ambesi Adriana Ambesi ... Betty Grimaldi
Fernando Hilbeck ... White Cloud
Luis Prendes ... Pope
Reginald Gillam Reginald Gillam
José Luis Bayonas José Luis Bayonas ... (as José L. Bayonas)
Ben Tatar Ben Tatar
John Clark John Clark ... Colonel Howard
Gustavo Rojo ... Gus Macintosh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mara Cruz ... Blanche
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Seven women are the only survivors of an Apache attack on a wagon train. They must cross the desert on foot to escape the Indians who are hunting them.

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Country:

Spain | Italy | Austria | Liechtenstein

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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No spaghetti, but a conventional Euro-western.
23 June 2001 | by frank_olthoffSee all my reviews

(Version reviewed is the 100-minute showing on tm3 on June 23, 2001.) Expectations of a spaghetti western will be disappointed: director Rudolf Zehetgruber (aka Cehett Grooper, according to the Italian-language opening credits) helmed a somewhat anachronistic picture in the style of American 50's horse operas as regards story, cinematography and music. Its basic asset is founded on the plot, sending seven w o m e n through an Arizona (or, actually, Southern Spain) desert after having survived an Indian raid. Their adventures on the road are surprisingly exciting enough to keep the spectator awake to the end, although unexpected turning points fail to appear. The seven characters are finely distinguished (down to the costume colors) but lack some convincing sympathy except for Baxter's rôle; best acting, apart from Baxter, is turned in by Maria Perschy (as the Austrian Ursula whose child is killed at the beginning but who regains her strength during the march) and Perla Cristal (as the Spaniard Pilar, the tough "lady in red"). Jorge Rigaud has two cameo-like scenes as a slowly nodding Indian, whereas Gustavo Rojo's strong male lead (appearing as late as 54 minutes into the film) seems rather detrimental to the storyline. There is something (pseudo-)feminist about the story, even more because the crew mainly refrained from presenting hot girls in sweat-soaked blouses as one might have foreseen. (There are, as a matter of fact, some unhistorical decolletés.) Editing of this picture is pretty odd at times. The well-staged action scenes, the one-dimensional portrayal of American natives and a singular pseudo-philosophical dialogue between Baxter and Rojo support the emulation of American 50's westerns. Director Grooper will have been well aware of the fact that he did not create a "Fistful of Dollars" or a "Once Upon a Time...", neither is there a touch of "The Magnificent Seven" as the Spanish title seems to imply. This is an unspectacular, if solid, western with women in the central rôles - an idea that does not change much after all. (German dubbing includes the fine male voices of Rainer Brandt (Rojo), Thomas Danneberg (Hilbeck) and Friedrich Joloff (Clarke).)


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