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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 and screenplay), Tonino Valerii (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Scott Mary
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank Talby
Walter Rilla ... Murph Allan Scott
Christa Linder ... Gwen
Ennio Balbo ... Turner - Banker
Lukas Ammann 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 - Storekeeper
Eleonora Morana Eleonora Morana ... Mrs. Barton
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Owen White - Killer
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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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Lee Van Cleef at his meanest! See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

M/PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day of Anger See more »

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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

Around the 27-minute mark Lee Van Cleef's character Talby walks through a street with white buildings. This is the exact same set seen in For a Few Dollars More (1964). also starring Van Cleef (and Clint Eastwood). The particular scene in this film is also shot from the exact same perspective and angle as in "For a Few Dollars More" when Eastwood's character has a short stand-off with three Mexican gunslingers. See more »

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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

Frank Talby: Third lesson: never get between a gun and its target.
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Soundtracks

A Strong Man [Un Uomo Forte]
(uncredited)
Composed by Riz Ortolani
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Thrilling spaghetti western with two great performances
8 January 2015 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Lee Van Cleef has always been an unsung hero. Although an instantly recognisable face with those cat-like eyes and chiselled cheekbones, there will be few casual film-goers who will be able to name many films of his outside of For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966). In Day of Anger, he may not take the lead role, but his Frank Talby, the dangerous yet charismatic gunfighter who wanders into town one day, steals the screen and your attention thanks to Van Cleef's formidable presence, proving that he was one of cinema's greatest character actors.

In the small town of Clifton, bastard-born street sweeper Scott Mary (Euro-western legend Giuliano Gemma) is ridiculed and bullied due to his social status. When Frank Talby strolls into Clifton on the back of his horse, he sides with Scott, and ends up shooting a man in his defence. When Frank leaves, Scott follows in the hope of being taught how to be a great gunfighter. Frank agrees, but has some brutal lessons to teach him. But they find themselves returning to Clifton in the search of money owed to Frank by Wild Jack (Once Upon a Time in the West's (1968) Al Mulock), where Frank hopes to deal some swift justice and make a mark of his own.

A protégé of Sergio Leone, this was director Tonino Valerri's second movie in the chair, and he certainly knows how to shoot a western. It doesn't share the extreme close-up's of Leone's work, but builds it's fair share of tension, climaxing in an inevitable yet thrilling climax between teacher and student. The film is superbly filmed, backed by a ridiculously catchy score by Riz Ortolani from which the title song was used in Django Unchained (2012). But the film's biggest boast is in the performances of Van Cleef and Gemma, the former proving he can play as good an anti-hero as any of his peers, and the latter convincing throughout his massive character shift. Highly recommended.

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