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The Ruthless Four (1968)

Ognuno per sé (original title)
Four men embark on a mission to unearth a fortune in gold from a mine.

Director:

Giorgio Capitani (as George Holloway)

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay), Augusto Caminito (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Sam Cooper
Gilbert Roland ... Mason
Klaus Kinski ... Brent il Biondo
George Hilton ... Manolo Sanchez
Sarah Ross Sarah Ross ... Annie
Federico Boido ... Alfred Brady (as Rick Boyd)
Sergio Doria ... Hal Brady
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Telegraphist (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Giorgio Gruden Giorgio Gruden ... Drugstore Owner Lancaster
Hardy Reichelt Hardy Reichelt ... Slim
Teodoro Corrà Teodoro Corrà ... U.S. Marshall (as Doro Corra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tunet Vila Tunet Vila
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Storyline

In Nevada, prospector Sam Cooper and his partner strike gold. But Sam's greedy partner starts shooting at Sam who takes refuge inside the gold mine. His partner follows him inside the mine but is blown-up by a dynamite charge set-up by Sam on purpose. Now alone, Sam takes a load of dust gold and heads toward the nearest town. On the way, Sam meets a group of starving desperadoes who steal his horses and his food, ignoring the gold dust in the canvas sacks. Sam dumps the gold dust in the river and goes on foot, passing the Sierras, the desert and the abandoned Spanish Catholic Mission before arriving in town. Once in town, Sam sends a wire to his adoptive son, Manolo Sanchez, whom he trusts, to come meet him. Manolo arrives in town and meets with Sam who asks for Manolo's help in working his secret gold mine. Unfortunatelly, Manolo also runs into an old friend, a ruthless killer named Brent, who wants his share of the gold. Sam is angry but has no choice but to take both Manolo and ... Written by nufs68

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In the Tradition of "Treasure of Sierra Madre" See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ruthless Four See more »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalusia, Spain

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 50800 delivered on 6-2-1968. See more »

Quotes

Mason: Another old partner, huh Cooper?
Sam Cooper: It was him or me.
Mason: Dead man tell no tales.
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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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a very good Eurowestern
17 August 2005 | by spider89119See all my reviews

This is a very good western with an excellent story and a great cast.

Klaus Kinski, George Hilton, Gilbert Roland, and Van Heflin are all superb, as one would expect, in this film. Kinski is perfect for the part of "The Blond," a bizarre sadistic character who dresses like a preacher because he likes to- not because he's trying to pose as one. Nobody else in the film seems to think this is odd, although Hilton's character snickers a little when an old woman calls Kinski "Father." Odd characters like this are a big part of what makes Italian westerns so entertaining to me. It sure as hell ain't a John Wayne flick, and that's a good thing.

The score is OK, although it could have been better. It's good in a few parts when it sounds like it belongs in a spaghetti western, but too much of it sounds more Hollywood than Rome.

The plot is excellent, and keeps you engaged until the very end. It's not an epic, but it is a tight little story with all the grittiness and violence one expects from a Eurowestern made in the 1960's.

I recommend this one to all Eurowestern fans if you can find it.


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