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Black Jack (1968)

Following the robbery of a bank in the Wild West a gang gathers around Jack Murphy, their leader. Things go awry when Skinner, Reb, Mathias and the brothers, Bill and Gordon, realize Jack ... See full summary »

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Luigi Ambrosini (story), Luigi Ambrosini (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Woods ... Jack Murphy / 'Black Jack'
Lucienne Bridou ... Susan
Rik Battaglia ... Skinner
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Reb
Federico Chentrens Federico Chentrens ... Gordon
Nino Fuscagni Nino Fuscagni ... Peter
Mimmo Palmara ... Indian Joe
Goffredo Unger ... Billy (as Fredy Unger)
Sascia Krusciarska Sascia Krusciarska ... Estelle
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Rodrigo (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Giovanni Bonadonna Giovanni Bonadonna
Romano Magnino Romano Magnino
Dali Bresciani Dali Bresciani ... Julie Skinner (as Dalia)
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Storyline

Following the robbery of a bank in the Wild West a gang gathers around Jack Murphy, their leader. Things go awry when Skinner, Reb, Mathias and the brothers, Bill and Gordon, realize Jack will divide the loot for his own good only. Furious with him, they decide to betray him and it is not long before they take action. They torture him and leave him for dead while his sister is raped and killed. But Jack survives and goes for revenge. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

Italy | Israel

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 October 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf die Knie, Django - und leck mir die Stiefel See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #52341 dated 24 October 1968. See more »

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A violent and nihilistic western.
23 October 2003 | by WetbonesSee all my reviews

I did not know a lot about this film when I finally got the chance to watch it on an old Dutch VHS tape. It turned out to be excellent.

The plot concerns a band of bank robbers who decide to betray their leader, Jack. They torture and nearly kill him while his sister gets brutally raped by one of the men and is subsequently scalped (!) and murdered by an Indian who was hired by the villains. But leaving Jack alive was a grave mistake because after getting better his saddles up and goes for bloody revenge.

I usually prefer Italian westerns to those from the US because most of the latter are too tame for my tastes. There is a nastiness about BLACK JACK that is quite powerful and disturbing. Even on the used VHS the cinematography was great and the same has to be said about the effective score. The acting is good for this kind of film, though Jack's grief and madness sometimes border on the comical - especially when he bursts out laughing like a loon during one fight. Still, this is powerful and effective cinema and should be of interest to anyone who likes the genre or revenge films in general. It's a pity that the film is near impossible to find at the time of this writing. I hope it will get a DVD release soon. This 35 year old gem is overdue for rediscovery.


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