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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

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 Tanya Lopert ... Maria - Saloon Girl
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Barbara - Saloon Girl
Lucia Modugno Lucia Modugno ... Geraldine - Wounded Saloon Girl
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Dr. Chester Lynne (as Peter Cross)
Roberto Paoletti Roberto Paoletti ... Sheriff Johnson
Nino Imparato Nino Imparato ... Chuck Holloway - Banjo Player (as Antonio Imparato)
Lucio Rosato 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dollar a Head See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Maybe they used all the trees in the area to block the train. 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 »

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Referenced in Election (1999) See more »

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how good this might have been
30 January 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Not without interest but this starts so well with some great long shots and then some startling up close violence and the story is unfolding as we struggle to keep up, and then it pretty much stops. We are introduced to a very young Burt Reynolds who looks pretty good with his horse and rifle but then we get to meet the baddie brothers and they seem far more interesting. Lovely old train but lame plot which necessitates the town's folk (who have said 'no' to guns) being able to do nothing except sit around and wait hoping that Joe will sort things out. Thing is we have to sit watching them sit. And so it plods on. There are a couple of spurts of nasty violence but the girls are wasted, criminally so in the case of Nicoletta Machiavelli and we are forced to imagine just how good this might have been.


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