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The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

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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America's hottest singing star on the screen at last! (original print ads) 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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Trivia

Elvis Presley was the first choice for the role of Johnny Banner, but he turned down the offer. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Hateful Eight (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fastest Guitar Alive
Composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by Roy Orbison (uncredited)
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Bad script, good intentions
21 November 2005 | by bevcarSee all my reviews

Yes, the movie "The Fastest Guitar Alive" was terrible and Roy Orbison was not an actor. But just like anything else, you must practice to be good at whatever you choose to do. Elvis at first, was not good, but he got better, but then the roles got worse.Roy should have studied first before going before the camera.Granted, he would not have been a matinée idol, but who knows what could have happened if he would have continued with acting.Most big name actors started out in bad movies and acted badly, but as time went on, they learned their craft and some went on to win Oscars.One of the first roles that Clint Eastwood had was a lab assistant in "The Revenge Of The Creature", and you know what happened in his career.One of the biggest problems with "The Fastest Guitar Alive" is that it should not have been trying to be a musical.It just didn't work and the movie seemed to have too many things going on. But don't blame the actors for a bad script, they just made the mistake of being in the movie.And don't be too hard on Roy. He was new to movie making and didn't have anyone to guide him. He gave it a shot and we have to give him credit for that.


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