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Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated | | Western | 25 November 1966 (Italy)
A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Ugo Pirro (story), Piero Regnoli (screenplay) (as Dean Craig) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Navajo Joe
Aldo Sambrell ... Mervyn 'Vee' Duncan (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Estella - Mrs. Lynne's maid
Fernando Rey ... Rev. Rattigan
Tanya Lopert ... Maria - Saloon Girl
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Barbara - Saloon Girl
Lucia Modugno ... Geraldine - Wounded Saloon Girl
Pierre Cressoy ... Dr. Chester Lynne (as Peter Cross)
Roberto Paoletti Roberto Paoletti ... Sheriff Johnson
Nino Imparato ... Chuck Holloway - Banjo Player (as Antonio Imparato)
Lucio Rosato ... Jeffrey Duncan
Valeria Sabel Valeria Sabel ... Hannah Lynne
Mario Lanfranchi Mario Lanfranchi ... Jefferson Clay - Mayor
Ángel Álvarez ... Oliver Blackwood - Bank Manager (as Angel Alvarez)
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... Mexican Scalphunter (as Rafael Albaicin)
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Ravaging the land like a pitiless scourge, Vee Duncan's savage gang of cutthroats massacre the entire tribe of a peaceful Navajo village, scalping them all for a dollar apiece. With his companion brutally murdered, the Navajo native and the slaughter's sole survivor, Joe, stealthily pursues the blood-thirsty outlaws on their way to the small town of Esperanza, where a treacherous member of the community encourages Duncan to hijack a government train crammed with cash. Their well-thought strategy guarantees success; however, Navajo Joe still thirsts for retribution. Can a single man foil the plans of Duncan's ferocious crowd of killers? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Relentless in his vengeance! Deadly in his violence! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Apparently, director Sergio Corbucci maintained that the plot was based on historical fact, referring to the U.S. government's policy in some areas of the Southwest of putting a bounty on Indian scalps. See more »

Goofs

When the telegraph man announces that the only telegraph line has been cut, the next scene clearly shows high-line wires behind Burt Reynolds' head. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Duncan: Nobody ever had mercy on me. When I was a boy they beat me. Even called me bastard. I didn't cry and I couldn't fight back. So thaY began my reveange to get back at them. Brought out my hatred for the indians, like my mother. And I kill white people like my father. My father... A preacher like you, a minister. Breed by mercy. But I got a bad breake when somebody killed him and beat me to the punch.
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Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release BBFC cuts were made to edit the shooting scenes, the beating of the Indian, and the killing of Duncan with a rock. The Optimum DVD restores the cinema edits but is cut by 6 secs to remove shots of horsefalls and a cockfight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Due bounty killer per un massacro (2007) See more »

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Burt's Spaghetti Western with Sergio Corbucci, not Sergio Leone
25 December 2014 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"Navajo Joe" is a spaghetti Western from 1966 starring Burt Reynolds as the titular Native warrior who seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who massacred his wife and tribe.

They say Italians have been making the worst movies for a hundred years, but "Navajo Joe" is pretty good for a spaghetti oater. In an interview Reynolds admitted that he took Clint Eastwood's example (whom he replaced on the TV series "Rawhide") by going to Europe and starring in an Italian Western; unlike Eastwood who got Sergio Leone, however, Burt got Sergio Corbucci.Despite this, Reynolds was in his prime and looks robust; being a stuntman, he did all his own stunts, which is impressive when you view the movie.

Other highlights include the typically outlandish but memorable score by Ennio Morricone (pseudonymously credited as Leo Nichols), which is reminiscent of his later score for "Burn!" and raven-haired Nicoletta Machiavelli as Estella, a half-breed who takes a liking to Joe. Other than this, the typical revenge plot moves right along for a fairly entertaining 60's European Western where the dubbed voices don't match the lips. "Navajo Joe" may not be great, but it's amusing enough.

The film runs 93 minutes and was shot in Spain.

GRADE: B


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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Navajo's Land See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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