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Mutiny at Fort Sharpe (1966)

French soldiers accidentally cross over from Mexico into the US. In doing so they rescue a woman from an Indian raid and take her to Fort Sharp. After they arrive the fort is besieged by ... See full summary »

Director:

Fernando Cerchio

Writers:

Jesús Navarro Carrión (story) (as as Jesus Navarro), Ugo Liberatore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Broderick Crawford ... Colonel Lenox
Elisa Montés ... Brenda
Julio Peña
Mario Valdemarin Mario Valdemarin ... Captain Clermont
Umberto Ceriani Umberto Ceriani ... Southern Medical Lieutenant
Carlos Mendy Carlos Mendy ... (as Carlos Mendi)
Alfonso Estela Alfonso Estela
Tomás Picó Tomás Picó
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Sgt. Ross (as Hugh Arden)
José Canalejas
José Marco José Marco
Lina Yegros
Mercedes Barranco Mercedes Barranco
María Antonia Hernández María Antonia Hernández
Alicia Altabella Alicia Altabella
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French soldiers accidentally cross over from Mexico into the US. In doing so they rescue a woman from an Indian raid and take her to Fort Sharp. After they arrive the fort is besieged by Indians. The French and American troops have to fight side by side under the orders of an unstable commander. Written by Tim Kerr-Thomson

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Western

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 January 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Per un dollaro di gloria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced by Italy/Spain results to be a conventional tale with action galore about a fort besieged by Indians
16 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Passable Western regarding the habitual theme about an unit stranded by enemies and their grueling efforts to break the siege , issue imitated many other times ; however , it packs a predictable ending . It deals with Captain Clermont (Mario Valdemarin) , a honorable cavalry officer of the Maximiliano Army and his Dragons garrison from Mexico and lost in American territory . After saving a damsel (Elisa Montes) in distress , they arrive in Fort Sharp commanded by a Confederate Colonel named Lenox (an elderly Broderick Crawford who gives overacting) who goes crazy . This is a grizzled Colonel who is saddled not only problems with Native American but irritability among his own troops , as he has to roust renegade soldiers and a tribe of 3.000 Navajo Indians led by Wichita . The insane Colonel executes severe punishments against his soldiers , being tied and flogged for desertion . Shortly after , soldiers learn his families and relatives have been overwhelmed by Indians and attempting to retrieve their comrades' bodies . The Indians are out on a rampage of killing , vengeance against the white intruders and with the aim for eliminating them .

Gritty and decently written Western by Jesus Navarro and Ugo Liberatore, exploring the anguish of soldiers , the hard relationship between Confederate and Maximilian troops and including jarring bursts of violence . This is an exciting tale of a nutty Colonel and a hard-bitten captain assembling a detail of misfit cavalrymen to hold-off rampaging Indians . Problems emerge when the main roles led by Captain Clermont arrive at Fort Sharp and their different relation among them . This is a moving story about a surrounded garrison and director takes a fine penned script creating a cavalry-Indians tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of soldiers . This Western is predictable and conventional but entertaining . It is an uneven Western with a plot that several times reminds ¨Beau Geste¨ and following an American style more than Spaghetti , such as ¨Chuka¨ and ¨Only the valiant¨ by Gordon Douglas in which a fort is also besieged by Indians . It's the regular plot concerning a team stranded by hostile Indians , unfortunately, despite a few good elements like these , I didn't overall care for this movie and I usually like spaghetti westerns . The movie is sometimes slow-moving , and the characters mostly act alike . As the picture contains nice moments but partially unsatisfying for the reason of the claustrophobic environment . Being an Italian/Spanish production here appears several Spanish familiar actors giving brief but decent performances such as : Julio Peña , Tomás Picó , Lina Yegros , Francisco Guijar , José Marco , José Canalejas , José Truchado and José Sancho .

Produced by a great Western producer : Eduardo Manzanos who financed a lot of Chorizo/Spaghetti Westerns . Eduardo started producing ¨Il Coyote¨ and ¨The Jiusticia De Coyote¨ by Joaquin Romero Marchent . After that , he produced in his company Copercines ¨Vengeance of Zorro¨ and ¨L'Ombra Di Zorro¨ (1962) . Eduardo Manzanos built a Western town in Hoyo De Manzanares (Madrid) with sets by Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia , called ¨Golden City¨ where filmed several Western as ¨Welcome Padre Murray¨ , ¨Brandy¨ , various Zorros and this one . He produced various films for Marchent brothers as Joaquin Romero Marchent : ¨Cabalgando Hacia Muerte¨ , ¨Three good men¨; and Rafael Marchent : ¨Quien Grita vengeance¨, ¨Two crosses in Danger Pass¨ ; and for Italian directors as ¨Sabor Odio¨ by Umberto Lenzi¨ . In 1962 , Eduardo Manzanos created -near Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid)- the first Western scenario of the notorious Spaghetti/Paella sub-genre . This original initiative corresponded to this prestigious writer /producer/director Eduardo Brochero who saw the potential of European Westerns and commissioned to the production designers Jaime Pérez Cubero and José Luis Galicia (Construcine) the task of raising the set , as in 1962 the first ¨Paella¨ set in Spain was built . Then , the first filming there was made : ¨The terrible sheriff (62) . A year later , there came Sergio Leone to shoot the iconic ¨A fistful of Dollars¨ with which the boom of Spaghetti/Chorizo Western was burst . More than 50 Spaghetti Westerns were filmed here from 1962 to 73 . Since early 70s the shooting began to be less frequent due to the progressive decline of the genre and the producers preferred to shoot in Almeria . With the decline in the number of shootings , revenue also fell and the sets started slowly to deteriorate as it can be seen , for example , in ¨Matalo¡¨ and ¨Fast Hand¨ (73) by Mario Bianchi . As a result Manzanos decided in 1975 not to renew the contract , leaving a large debts . The remains of the set remained a few years , until the mid-80s or so to disappear later .

¨Escuadrón De La Muerte¨ or ¨Mutiny at Fort Sharpe" or "Por Un Dolar De Gloria"(1966) displays a colorful cinematography in Technicolor/Thecniscope by Emilio Foriscot , though a perfect remastering being extremely necessary . And shot on location in Hoyo De Manzanares, La Pedriza, Manzanares El Real, Madrid . In addition , atmospheric as well as evocative musical score by Carlos Savina . The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando Cherchio . He written/directed several action/adventure/ mini-epics movies , such as : 1968 Los Cuatro Budas De Kriminal , 1967 Secretísimo , 1964 Totó against the Black Pirate ,1963 Totò and Cleopatra , 1962 The red mask , 1962 Daggers of blood , 1962 Totó versus Maciste , 1961 Queen of Nile , 1960 Il Sepolcro Dei Re , 1959 Giuditta and Oloferne , 1957 La Venere Di Cheronea , 1957 Desert lovers , 1957 Mysteries in Paris , 1955 I Quattro Del Getto Tonante , 1954 El Vizconde De Bragelonne , 1952 Il Bandolero Stanco and Son of Lagardere .


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