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Day of Anger (1967)

I giorni dell'ira (original title)
M/PG | | Action, Western | November 1969 (USA)
A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director:

Tonino Valerii

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story by), Tonino Valerii (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank Talby
Giuliano Gemma ... Scott Mary
Walter Rilla ... Murph Allan Short
Christa Linder ... Gwen
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Turner
Lukas Ammann ... Judge Cutcher
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Abel Murray
José Calvo José Calvo ... Blind Bill (as Pepe Calvo)
Giorgio Gargiullo Giorgio Gargiullo ... Sheriff Nigel
Anna Orso Anna Orso ... Eileen Cutcher
Karl-Otto Alberty ... Blonde Deputy with Harmonica (as Hans Otto Alberty)
Nino Nini Nino Nini ... Doctor Cullen
Virgilio Gazzolo Virgilio Gazzolo ... Mr. Barton
Eleonora Morana ... Mrs. Barton
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Owen White
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Storyline

Amiable, unassertive Scott Mary picks up the trash, cleans the toilets, sweeps the floors in the town of Clifton. Then a gunfighter comes to town. He offers advice and guidance to Scott who quickly begins to toughen and mature, thus upsetting the balance of power in the town. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taglines:

Lee Van Cleef at his meanest! See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

M/PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Days of Wrath See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (International Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theme song is used in Django Unchained, the training montage scene where Jamie Foxx/Django is practicing his shooting. See more »

Goofs

When Scott gees his horse to go after Talby in the English version, his yells are simply reused from the Italian version (despite their two voice actors sounding very different). See more »

Quotes

Vivien Skill: Show too much and you can't sell it.
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Referenced in The Invincible Armour (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Violence, Hatred [Violenza, Odio (#3)]
(uncredited)
Composed by Riz Ortolani
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Day of Anger (1967)
18 November 2007 | by chaosrampantSee all my reviews

I've been trawling through the spaghetti western back catalogue lately, and it seems I've missed quite a few hidden gems. Day of Anger is one of them. Tonino Valleni's western is more American in its approach, although the staples of the spaghetti genre are still here. Close ups, violence (altough not as glorifying as you'd expect from your typical spag), a languid jazzy score by Riz Ortolani (a departure from the typical operatic Morricone scores), and great performances by Lee Van Cleef and Giulliano Gemma.

Giulliano Gemma is Scott, the garbage boy for the quite peaceful town of Clifton, a town where the sheriff wanders about without his gun and residents are surprised to hear the sound of gunshots. Scott is constantly pushed around and ridiculed, until gunslinger extraordinaire Talby strides into town. Van Cleef is typically superb as Talby, who takes Scott under his wing and teaches him the art of gunslinging by laying out the 9 rules of the gunfigher. Talby and Scott will come back into Clifton to get the 50,000$ a crook called Wild Jack owed him. Wild Jack was sold short by Clifton's higher class citizens, so Talby will have to get the money back in his own way.

The story follows both Talby's gradual usurping of the city and Scott's progress from a green boy to a man who stands his ground. The interaction between old experienced gunslinger and enthusiastic apprentice is executed very well. All in all a solid, if a little predictable, spaghetti western, that eschews the conventions of your typical spag for characterization. It's well worth tracking down in its uncut 109 minutes version. It's a shame that quite a few spags were lost amidst the truckloads of similar flicks churned out by the Italian studios in the genre's hayday. This is among the best. And it's one, even the American horse opera fans, will love.


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