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The Dirty Outlaws (1967)

El desperado (original title)
R | | Western | June 1971 (USA)
An outlaw masquerades as the son of a blind man in order to find a cache of gold located in a vacated town.


Franco Rossetti




Complete credited cast:
Andrea Giordana ... Steve (as Chip Gorman)
Rosemary Dexter ... Katy (as Rosemarie Dexter)
Franco Giornelli Franco Giornelli ... Asher
Dana Ghia ... Lucy
Aldo Berti ... Gionata
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Rico
John Bartha ... Wallace
Giuseppe Castellano ... One-armed Soldier (as Giuseppe Castellani)
Giorgio Gruden Giorgio Gruden ... Barman
Gianluigi Crescenzi ... (as Gian Luigi Crescenzi)
Sandro Serafini Sandro Serafini
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Sam


The film tells the story of an outlaw who masquerades as a blind man's son in order to trick the old man out of a cache of gold located in a vacated town. A gang of bandits appears in the same town to rob a payroll coach that has to pass through and they take the blind man's gold as well, setting the desperado against the gang.

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The blind and the greedy
30 November 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

A man known as "Desperaaadooo" to his enemies and the singer of the title song, or simply Steve (Andrea Giordana, "Quella sporca storia nel west") to his friends, tries to make money outside the law at the end of the civil war. He stops at nothing, even stealing it from a blind man seems not to trouble him. Nevertheless, when that old man is killed, Desperado decides to avenge his death. Not only the presence of Piero Lulli (plays the blind man) reminds me of "Se sei vivo, spara". Just like Questi's masterpiece, "El Desperado" - directed by "Django", "Texas Addio" and "Preparati la bara" screenplay co-writer Rossetti - picks up the subject of everyone's obsessive greed that leads to self-destruction as well as moral decomposition. Even priests and judges can not be trusted in this movie. It's a dirty world, so the long torture/murder scene in the mud is apt. Regarding the tavern brawl scene in the middle of the movie, it is by no means a standard genre scene! Steve requires that fight so he can kill one of his enemies unnoticed, it is a deliberate part of his revenge plan! Also, there are little touches like the piano player beating up somebody who by mistake hit a chord on his instrument. Very well directed, thus it is a pity it remained Rossetti's only western.

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June 1971 (USA) See more »

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Daiano Film, Leone Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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