17 user 11 critic

The Ruthless Four (1968)

Ognuno per sé (original title)
M/PG | | Western | November 1969 (USA)
Four men embark on a mission to unearth a fortune in gold from a mine.


Giorgio Capitani (as George Holloway)


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


Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: M Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general accept an American into their gang, unaware of his intentions.

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Klaus Kinski, Martine Beswick
Companeros (1970)
Action | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey
Run, Man, Run (1968)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Several competing groups and mavericks (including the lead character Cuchillo) are hunting a gold treasure of $3,000,000. The gold was reserved for the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Tomas Milian, Donald O'Brien, Linda Veras
Horror | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man takes his revenge on the family responsible for his wrongful sentence to ten years of hard labor.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Michèle Mercier, Robert Hossein, Guido Lollobrigida
Keoma (1976)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mann is a gunman informed by a childhood friend that his father was murdered years earlier by his mother and her lover. To make matters worse, Mann's sister, who is in love with his friend,... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Stars: Leonard Mann, Luciana Paluzzi, Pietro Martellanza
Action | Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Crooked bankers plan an insurance swindle and hire a Mexican gang to steal the bank's gold but they also pay Lasky's gang to kill the Mexicans.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Gianni Garko, William Berger, Sydney Chaplin
Certificate: M Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A prospector and his drunkard half-brother must fight a rancher and his sadistic son after they seize control of his farm.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Franco Nero, George Hilton, Linda Sini
Action | Horror | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A mysterious stranger appears to take terrifying revenge on former Confederate officers who during the Civil War betrayed and were responsible for the massacre of their unit.

Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Anthony Steffen, Paolo Gozlino, Luciano Rossi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

Director: Giancarlo Santi
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice, Jess Hahn
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Julián Mateos


Cast overview:
Van Heflin ... Sam Cooper
Gilbert Roland ... Mason
Klaus Kinski ... Brent the Blondie
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)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Gold... many a man's dream... many a man's death. See more »




M/PG | See all certifications »



Italy | West Germany



Release Date:

November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ruthless Four See more »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalusia, Spain

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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


Mason: Another old partner, huh Cooper?
Sam Cooper: It was him or me.
Mason: Dead man tell no tales.
See more »


Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

THE RUTHLESS FOUR (Giorgio Capitani, 1968) ***
21 August 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is another good Spaghetti Western, one that even got a laudable appraisal in the "Leonard Maltin Film Guide"…not to mention the seal of approval of our own Michael Elliott! Actually, it's a character-driven piece – with the action spread neatly throughout yet proficiently executed. Besides, it's exceedingly well cast: ageing American star Van Heflin is excellent in one of his last roles; both Gilbert Roland (himself a Hollywood veteran) and especially George Hilton did their fair share of Spaghettis, but it's safe to assume that they were never better than here; Klaus Kinski, then, has a typically enigmatic role for which he sports numerous eccentric 'costumes' (from preacher's garb to shades to a raincoat over his head and even a makeshift turban!).

Unfortunately, as had been the case with THE SPECIALIST (1969), the copy I acquired (English-dubbed this time around) lapsed occasionally into a different language without the benefit of subtitles – but, whereas I could more or less make out what was being said in French with respect to the Sergio Corbucci film, here it's in German (even the print bears the title DAS GOLD VON SAM COOPER)! In any case, the narrative – bringing an old-fashioned situation up-to-date, stylistically speaking – deals with Heflin's striking gold and his attempt to find suitable partners (his previous one had already tried to double-cross him!) that would help him extract the precious element: what he ends up with is an interesting bunch – Hilton, the miner's former protégé (who's not as clean-cut as Heflin seems to think); the young man's domineering companion, Kinski (who's actually quite subdued here); and Roland, another old-timer (who, bearing Heflin a personal grudge, will no doubt look out for him from being 'jumped' by the others[!] – though he's ultimately revealed to have appointed a cowboy duo to shadow the 'expedition' before they think, erroneously, of cutting in on the deal). Carlo Rustichelli's score is, again, more traditional than most genre efforts but robust nonetheless; that said, it breaks into a semi-lounge piece more suited to a German "Krimi" during the scene in which Kinski drops some gear while ascending a mountain and has to be tied in order to go back down and retrieve it (given that this is one of the scenes presented exclusively in German, could it be that the music was changed in that country?)!

The film was co-scripted by Fernando Di Leo (a Spaghetti Western regular during this time but who never actually contributed to the genre after graduating to director!) and Augusto Caminito (who, as a film-maker in his own right, would make a couple of pictures with Kinski towards the end of the actor's life – including the little-seen GRANDI CACCIATORI [1988], which I have in my "To Watch" pile of obscure "Euro-Cult" titles recorded off Italian TV!). Curiously enough, co-producer Luciano Ercoli would also subsequently get to be a director – proving a notable exponent of the Giallo form.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed