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A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (1968)

E per tetto un cielo di stelle (original title)
Two drifters meet and soon become travelling companions. But one of them, Tim (Gemma), is being chased by a crazed killer and his band of gunmen to settle an old score. The two (Adore being... See full summary »

Director:

Giulio Petroni

Writers:

Alberto Areal (story), Mariano Laurenti (story) (as Francesco Martino) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Giuliano Gemma ... Billy Boy aka Tim Hawkins
Mario Adorf ... Harry
Magda Konopka ... Widow Dorothy McDonald
Federico Boido ... Roger Pratt (as Rick Boyd)
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... Fat man in stagecoach (as Chris Huerta)
Julie Menard Julie Menard ... Sirene / Donna
Anthony Dawson ... Samuel Pratt (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori ... Sirene's husband
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Brent
Paul Branco Paul Branco
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Pratt Henchman
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti ... Pratt's henchman (as Piero Magalotti)
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Storyline

Two drifters meet and soon become travelling companions. But one of them, Tim (Gemma), is being chased by a crazed killer and his band of gunmen to settle an old score. The two (Adore being the other) are chased through the west, encountering scrape after scrape until the killers catch up and the score is settled for good.

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 September 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Documento Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by ca. 10 minutes. This version was also released on VHS and DVD. Only in 2013 the film was released uncut on DVD. See more »

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Mixed signals from this film
30 December 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

A coach full of innocent people is attacked and everyone murdered. A psychotic gunman is hunting for a man called Billy. When leaves the area, a stranger arrives and gently brushes dirt off the face of a dead girl. Silently, he begins to bury them. Another stranger turns up and together the bury the corpses to the haunting, melancholic tune of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack. What follows is a...comedy?

This is the most bi-polar Western I've ever seen. Morricone's soundtrack is heart wrenching and beautiful. The gunfights are violent. Women are beaten and tortured, and yet, in between all this, there's slapstick and one liners. Mood swings?

One stranger is Giuliano Gemma and he's the guy on the run from the psycho. The other guy is Mario Adorf and he's a miner with a bit of gold but not a lot of brains. Gemma is at first out to con Adorf which does over and over again, but then Adorf is so kind and big hearted the two of them just bond. However, there's still that crazy guy and is family to worry about.

It's kind of a road movie as the two characters head for Adorf's ranch and encounter various characters, like the fake Mermaid lady or the bank robbers. None of it should work but it all kind of does anyway as the man behind the camera is the guy who made Death Rides A Horse. Kind of weird to take though as people are still gunned down brutally ala a Spaghetti Western from 1968, but has huge bar fights and punch ups like a 1972 Spaghetti Western.

I was curious to watch it as I'd never seen Mario Adorf in a Spaghetti Western before. He does well as the slow miner guy. Gemma is the usual goofy charmer and a ladies man.


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