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The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 1 September 1967 (USA)
The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael D. Moore (as Michael Moore)

Writer:

Robert E. Kent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Orbison ... Johnny
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Steve
Maggie Pierce ... Flo Chesnut
Joan Freeman ... Sue Chesnut
Lyle Bettger ... Charlie
John Doucette ... Max
Patricia Donahue ... Stella
Ben Cooper ... Rink
Ben Lessy ... Indian Chief
Douglas Kennedy ... Joe
Len Hendry Len Hendry ... Deputy
Iron Eyes Cody ... 1st Indian
Domingo Samudio Domingo Samudio ... 1st Expressman (as Sam the Sham)
Wilda Taylor ... Emily
Victoria Carroll ... Margie
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The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate general in El Paso. Others know about the gold and seek to steal it from them, but the spies have a secret weapon: a guitar that shoots bullets.... Written by George S. Davis

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ROY ORBISON ON THE SCREEN AT LAST AS A SINGIN' SHOOTIN' SON OF A GUN (all original posters-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Violão Heróico See more »

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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

There had been plans for Roy Orbison to star in five movies, but after this film proved to be a critical and commercial flop no more were made. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: Don't move, fella. In case you're interested, I can kill you with this - and play your funeral march at the same time. So just drop the gun.
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Referenced in The Hateful Eight (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Medicine Man
Composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by Roy Orbison (uncredited)
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a warm and entertaining movie!
20 January 2006 | by railyardSee all my reviews

I LOVE Roy Orbison! I saw him perform live on four different occasions and I own tons of his records, tapes, CD's and this movie. He was not handsome enough to become a matinée idol like Elvis, but he was the GREATEST singer ever, even Elvis said so! This movie is a light hearted comedy with singing. A few of the songs are not so great by Roy's standards, but most are good and a few are really good e.g. "Pistolero" and "Roll On Mighty River". I especially love the the title song, "The Fastest Guitar Alive". The plot of the movie is not that bad. Has anybody besides me noticed the similarity between this movie and the Errol Flynn/Randolph Scott western "Virginia City"? I love that movie and those two actors too. Roy's movie was not looking for critical acclaim. It was just a good "B" flick, certainly better than a thousand other grade "B" westerns out there. It had some very funny scenes and it was good clean fun. You could watch it with your children and not have to worry about sex and violence. Roy might have become a better actor if he had made a few more movies, but since this is his only movie and if you are a true Roy Orbison fan, treasure it!


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