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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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Taglines:

For money... For pleasure... For revenge... He doesn't care why he kills or how! See more »

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:

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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Trivia

The horse belonging to Navajo Joe was made to look like a pinto. It was actually a dapple gray, but was partially painted to resemble a pinto.. See more »

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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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Navajo Nearly No!
14 December 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Navajo Joe is directed by Sergio Corbucci and collectively written by Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro and Piero Regnoli. It stars Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tanya Lopert and Fernando Rey. Music is by Ennico Morricone and cinematography by Silvano Ippolitti.

Though Reynolds would say it's the worst film he ever made, anyone who has followed his career will know that simply isn't the case! It's an odd Spaghetti Western that sees Reynolds play the title character, who strides out for revenge against the ragamuffin varmints who slaughtered his woman and tribe. Cue blood letting galore as Joe enacts said revenge with bloodthirsty glee as the hints of anti-racism struggle to show their heads above the pasta strewn pulpit.

Narratively there's nothing else to add, it's simplicity 101 and at times it becomes laborious. Where the film doesn't lack for interest is with the technical aspects. Corbucci hones his skills as a purveyor of brutal set pieces, each striking for entertainment purpose. Ippolitti adds his own brand of cinematography, gracing the story with a pizazz it doesn't deserve, whilst Morricone provides a wonderfully catchy musical score. As for Reynolds? He does OK. Veering close to being pantomime and showing a lack of interest, his all round brooding charisma shines bright and gives the picture a macho edge.

Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, the script is just too lazy, but it is above average and Spaghetti Western fans can find enough here to gorge on for a satisfying meal. 6/10


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