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Ringo and His Golden Pistol (1966)

Johnny Oro (original title)
A Mexican bandit teams up with a band of renegade Native Americans to avenge his older brothers when they are killed by a prankster, gold-obsessed bounty hunter.


Sergio Corbucci


Adriano Bolzoni (story) (as A. Bolzoni), Franco Rossetti (story) (as F. Rossetti) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Damon ... Johnny Oro / Johnny Ringo
Valeria Fabrizi Valeria Fabrizi ... Margie
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Juanito Perez (as Franco Derosa)
Giulia Rubini ... Jane Norton
Loris Loddi ... Stan Norton
Andrea Aureli ... Gilmore
Pippo Starnazza Pippo Starnazza ... Matt
Ettore Manni ... Sheriff Bill Norton
Nino Vingelli ... Fat Friend of Gilmore
John Bartha ... Alcalde Benal
Vittorio Bonos Vittorio Bonos ... Slim Anderson (as Vittorio Williams Bonos)
Bruno Scipioni Bruno Scipioni ... Townsman
Silvana Bacci Silvana Bacci ... Manuela Rodriguez
Giulio Maculani Giulio Maculani
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Sebastian


A Mexican bandit teams up with a band of renegade Native Americans to avenge his older brothers when they are killed by a prankster, gold-obsessed bounty hunter.

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Nothing mattered to him but gold, gold and more gold! That was the man called RINGO! See more »




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Release Date:

15 July 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ringo and His Golden Pistol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sanson Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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When Sebastian throws an ax into Gilmore's head, Margie's scream is missing from the print used on the Warner Archive DVD. See more »


Johnny Oro: Hey, Sheriff! Looks like you're causing a lot of inconvenience for folks because of your interpretation of the law. Now, look. Aren't you being a little stubborn?
Sheriff Bill Norton: Now, listen to me, and listen close. You're under my protection here, and I'll defend you right down the line. Just as I'll defend my own wife and son. You broke the law, and you'll stay in jail.
Johnny Oro: You're not stubborn, Sheriff... you're crazy.
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Thrilling and continually entertaining S.W. about a group of goodies beset by Mexican and Indian bandits at a Sheriff's office
7 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nice SW with a strong Pasta main and support cast . It is an exciting Spaghetti containing noisy action , thrills , shootouts , horse pursuits , it turns out to be an acceptable Western and amusing enough . Bounty hunter Johnny Ringo kills three brothers but spares the fourth , Juanito Perez (Franco De Rosa) , one because he has no price on his head . However, Juanito schemes to revenge for his brothers . Since Juanito is the youngest sibling of the brothers Ringo killed , he seeks a relentless vendetta and both of whom are fighting each other for a fabulous gold . While , a sheriff (Ettore Manni) of a little town takes gunslinger Ringo into custody . The sheriff faces a blockade of Mexican and Indian attackers to keep prisoner from being brought to justice . Being helped by a half-crazed sympathetic old man whose finger itches demoniacally on the trigger every time he gets a nasty guy in his sights along with his spouse Jane (Giulia Rubini) , their child (Loris Loddi) and Ringo , of course, .

Western action , an agreeable story in ¨Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo¨ wake , shoot-outs at regular intervals , and explosion abound in this decent film whose characters are well portrayed . Enjoyable Ravioli Western that didn't impress critics at the time but its reputation has improved over the years and , nowadays , it is considered to be one of the Corbucci best-regarded . Director Corbucci made various Westerns who quickly became one of the more prolific filmmakers in the genre and here's one of the most unknown ; in addition , this adequate production delivers what it should . Realized between ¨Franco Nero's Django¨ (1966) this ultra-violent masterpiece not only signaled a move toward an even grittier as well as more nihilistic brand of Western , and the pretty good ¨Burt Reynolds' Navajo Joe¨ , both of them brought an entirely new level of stylization to the genre . Stars Mark Damon who carries likable acting on his brawny shoulders and perfectly does . It is a decent Western with a lot of blow-up , plenty of shoot'em up , gun-play and some moments results to be quite entertaining . The picture is finely starred by Mark Damon who wants to get his mitts on a crooks' gold , along with Ettore Manni as an upright sheriff . At the beginning his career , Damon starred as an extra for American films , and , subsequently , performing secondary roles and Roger Corman films . Mark , then emigrated to Italy and he once reportedly missed out on a role in a Franco Nero western because his height made Franco Nero look too short . As he performed several Pasta Westerns , such as "Un Treno Per Durango" , "Cry for Revenge" , ¨Requiescant¨, ¨Johnny Yuma¨ . Soon moved into other film genres playing good guys , bad guys , and good-bad guys and interpreting adventure movies as "Lions of St. Petersburg" , ¨Normand sword¨, and "Long Live Robin Hood" ; these parts often exploited his athletic physique by having him remove his shirt . Co-starred by Ettore Manni who also interpreted some Westerns and adventures . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Franco De Rosa , Valeria Fabrizi , Loris Loddi , Andrea Aureli , John Bartha , Fortunato Arena and Giovanni Cianfriglia or Ken Wood as Indio Sebastian .

Emotive as well as thrilling musical score by Carlos Savina in Ennio Morricone style , this soundtrack is one of the best parts of the film , plenty of catching and attractive sounds . The orchestra , mostly playing by trumpets , whistles , flute , and guitar music set the proper tone for a western . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Riccardo Pallottini shot in Manzanares del Real , La Pedriza , Madrid and Castello di Rota, Tolfa, Roma, Lazio, and Elios Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy . Sergio Corbucci's direction is well crafted , here he's less cynical and humorous and more inclined toward violence and too much action , though the character played by Mark Damonn gives hilarious and sympathetic touches , other Westerns he filmed contained broad comedy Spaghetti Western . His great hit was ¨Django¨, this picture established a lasting relationship between Corbucci and the film's star, Franco Nero . After this success , Corbucci embarked on a trail of directing more Western films . His subsequent Spaghetti Westerns , Hellbenders (1967) and Navajo Joe were filmed and released in quick succession to get a great success in Italy . His next Western was The Great Silence (1968) which referred as an "anti-Western" . Next Western film was The Mercenary (1968) , which would began his semi-genre with what he called the "Zapata-Spaghetti Westerns" , proletarian fables in Mexican sets , where the bad guys are on the right and the good guys are on the left ; along with ¨What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution¨ (1972) that is almost a parody of his Zapata Westerns . By setting the story in Mexico and fleshing out his characters with political awareness , Corbucci's intent became more clear and his political statements became more explicit . After directing the semi-successful The specialist (1969) with recently deceased Johnny Halliday and the hero moving through cold rather then heat and fighting in the mud and snow rather then sweat and dust ; later on , Corbucci re-teamed up with Franco Nero again with Los Compañeros . During the 1970s Corbucci made three more Westerns , but the popularity of the genre began to die out . Of the three , only Sonny and Jed (1972) stands out as one of the best late series genre Westerns , though it was not well received . While The white the yellow an the black (1975) is married by racial stereotypes and an excessive parody .

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