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Man from Canyon City (1965)

L'uomo che viene da Canyon City (original title)


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Credited cast:
Robert Woods ... Morgan (as Robert Wood)
Fernando Sancho ... Carrancho
Luis Dávila ... Red El Rayo
Renato Baldini ... Grieves (as Ryan Baldwyn)
Loredana Nusciak ... Viviane Barrett (as Lore Nushak)
Gérard Tichy ... Hargitay
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Matt
Óscar Carreras Óscar Carreras
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Minero (as Paco Sanz)
José Manuel Martín ... Esteban
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Almorós Antonio Almorós ... Manuel Pereda
Ely Drago Ely Drago ... Rosario
Mario Filippo Mario Filippo
Victor Fuentes Victor Fuentes
Osvaldo Genazzani ... Empleado (as Jean Osvald)


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So-so Ravioli/Chorizo Western with the great Fernando Sancho who steals the show as a boastful Mexican bandit
7 February 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Mediocre Paella/Spaghetti/Butifarra Western co-produced by Spain/Italy , with the unforgettable Fernando Sancho as a Mexican bandit . The film packs Western action , comical elements thanks to Fernando Sancho role , thrills , shoot'em up , brawls , and results to be quite entertaining . It's a middle-budget film with ordinary actors , technicians , decent production values and average results . Two prisoners called Red (Luis Davila) and Carrancho (the braggart Fernando Sancho who would played same role in ¨Five Thousand Dollars on One¨ as a secondary and this sequel as starring and acting lots of occasions in similar character) go chained , escorted troughout the sunny desert and then they getaway . After escaping from prison reach the border to Mexico . Along the way they meet several dangerous situations and confrontation . Later on , they fight against some ruthless hoodlums (Antonio Molino Rojo and Renato Baldini) who are under orders a powerful employer and rich silver mine owner named Morton (Robert Woods) . Disgusted by the latter's brutality , especially against the local peones they are hired by Morton to find out his wrongs . The two support a revolt organized with the aid of Mrs . Morton called Viviane (Loredana Nusciak of Django) , spouse of the nasty tyrant . After that , the swanky Carrancho robs a military uniform and posing as a Mexican General assaults the Morton's mine .

This moving tortilla/Ravioli Western packs thrills , shootouts , hilarious situations , riding pursuits and several other things . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . Furthermore , there are also the ordinary brawls , punches , hits , slaps and kick-asses . Italian-Spanish co-production filmed in Catalunya , full of familiar faces , action , exaggerated characters , crossfire and lots of shots and fights . Charismatic performance for the whole casting , giving special thanks to the boastful Fernando Sancho , playing an illiterate as well as humorous Mexican outlaw , whose role would play lots of times ,as he starred multitude ¨Tortilla¨ or ¨Pipperone¨ Westerns interpreting the quarrelsome , swanky Mexican outlaw , such as : ¨A pistol for Ringo¨, ¨Return of Ringo¨, "Requiem for a Gringo" , "Four Dollars for Vengeance¨ , "Dakota Joe" , ¨Winchester Bill¨ , "One Hundred Thousand Dollars for Ringo" , "The Man Who Came to Kill" , ¨Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace" or ¨Pistoleros De Arizona¨ and several others . Here Fernando Sancho in an unusual main role , he is pretty nice , he ravages the screen , he shoots , kills , jokes , boasts and many other things . Co-stars Luis Dávila who gives a serviceable swift-shooting hero in his role , he starred during the sixties and seventies several action films as well as Chorizo or Paella Western such as : ¨Relevo para pistolero¨, "Doc, Hands of Steel" , ¨Viva Carrancho¨, ¨Tumba para Forajido¨ and "Pancho Villa" , some of them directed by Alfonso Balcazar . While the Spaghetti ordinary protagonist , Robert Woods , here holds a secondary character : a ruthless tyrant who enslaves unfortunate Mexican people . Robert starred several Tortilla/Ravioli Western such as : "Seven Guns for the MacGregors" , ¨Black Jack¨, ¨El Puro¨, "Gatling Gun" , among others . Worthwhile watching for a demonstration of the confrontation between Fernando Sancho , Luis Davila and Robert Woods with some looks that say it all , including a thrilling ending shotdown at the mine and the mansión . Support cast is frankly well with the regular familiar faces from Tortilla/Ravioli Western such as : Francisco Sanz , Carlos Otero , Renato Baldini , Loredana Nusciak , Antonio Molino Rojo , Gérard Tichy , Cesar Ojinaga , Gaspar Indio Gonzalez , José Luis Martin and several others . It's a two country co-production : Spain/Italy , but is clearly dominated by the Spanish contingent and the traditional leanings of the Spanish producers of the time have their stamp on the entire proceedings . The Spanish westerns of this era were far more likely to try and emulate their American source material than cultivate a distinctive style of their own the way the Italians were doing their product , though this one has penchant for hilarious happenings and roles . If you like Chorizo , Paella , Butifarra or Spaghetti westerns , this remains lightly watchable .

This picture " Viva Carrancho¨ or ¨Man from Canyon City¨ (United States) or ¨L'homme qui venait de Canyon-City¨ (France) or ¨Django - Die Todesminen von Canyon City¨ (Germany) being well photographed by Alfio Contini and Scavarda in Eastmancolor , Techniscope . As well as atmospheric , climatic and evocative musical score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino . Mostly filmed in atmospheric scenarios on location in Fraga , (Huesca) , similar to Almeria , and a Western village located in ¨Splugues De Llobregat¨ built by producers/directors brothers : Alfonso Balcázar , Francisco Balcázar , Juan Jose Balcazar though this Balcazar family went to bankrupt and had to sell the terrains , including the usual General supplies , Saloon , livery stable , wall paper merchandise , dressmaker , billiard parlor , barber shop , undertaker , General store , and other shops and buildings ; it resulted to be the locations where were shot lots of Westerns produced and directed by Catalan people as Alfonso Balcazar , J.J. Balcazar , Jose Antonio De La Loma , Juan Bosch , Xavier Marchal , Jose Maria Zabalza , Manuel Esteba , Ignacio F. Iquino , and Julio Buchs , among others , because Almeria was too far and the Fraga landscapes bear remarkable resemblance . There are also fine technicians , and writers as filmmaker/screenwriterJosé Antonio De La Loma , Film Editing by Teresa Alcocer , nice assistant direction and adequate production design by the usual Juan Alberto Soler , the latter creates an acceptable scenario .

This motion picture was middlingly directed by Alfonso Balcazar , and with no originality ; he managed to make a fluid and filled with punches , shots as well as fighting Western , though average . This Italian & Spanish co-production qualifies as a low-budget, mid-brow western, a level before the seminal Spaghetti westerns . Alfonso alongside his brothers Juan Jose Balcazar and Francisco Balcázar produced and directed a lot of Chorizo or Butifarra Western , most of them starred by Jorge Martin or George Martin , Luis Davila , Daniel Martin or Robert Woods ; such as : 1972 The return of Clint , 1972 Judas... ¡Toma Monedas! , 1968 Sartana no Perdone or Sonora , 1967 With Death on Your Back, 1966 Dinamita Jim , 1965 Doc , Manos De Plata , 1965 Viva Carrancho , 1965 Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace . Rating : 5/10 . Average , regular and ordinary Spaghetti western .

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15 October 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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