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Death Knows No Time (1969)

Pagó cara su muerte (original title)
A Mexican peasant evicted from his land becomes an enraged outlaw. He is finally arrested and sent to prison. In the meantime, his only, little son has been given to a wealthy family. Once ... See full summary »

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León Klimovsky

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Miguel Cussó (story), Odoardo Fiory | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Guglielmo Spoletini Guglielmo Spoletini ... Martín Rojas (as William Bogart)
Wayde Preston ... Marshal Johnny Silver
Agnès Spaak Agnès Spaak ... Mrs. Rojas
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo
Eduardo Fajardo ... Trevor
Fernando Sánchez Polack
Pilar Cansino
Sydney Chaplin ... Red Stacy
Luis de Tejada Luis de Tejada
Alberto Gadea Alberto Gadea
Jaime de Pedro Jaime de Pedro
Juan Fairen Juan Fairen
Fabrizio Mondello Fabrizio Mondello ... Juan (as Fabrizio)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic
Arnaldo Fabrizio Arnaldo Fabrizio
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A Mexican peasant evicted from his land becomes an enraged outlaw. He is finally arrested and sent to prison. In the meantime, his only, little son has been given to a wealthy family. Once he has paid his whole penalty, he decides to go and get back both his son and his hidden loot: $200,000 from a bank robbery.

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Knows No Time See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Better than expected Paella Western with interesting script about revenge , robbing and a sentimental plot
12 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a semi-¨Zapata¨ Western plenty of Gunplay and revenge along with a fraternal story . Spaghetti and Chorizo Western , co-produced between Spain and Italy and starred by two ordinary Spaghetti actors as the Italian Guglielmo Spoletini as William Bogart and the Spanish Eduardo Fajardo dealing with a real and violent confrontation . This is not an ordinary oater outing , it's a Spaghetti with Paella Western crammed with action , shootouts , lots of violence and a thought-provoking as well as sensitive story . The film follows the American Western models but also in Spaghetti style . An Italian-Spanish co-production with outdoor sequences filmed in Colmenar Viejo , La Pedriza and Manzanares Del Real , Madrid , and , Almeria , of course . Concerning Martin Rojas (Guglielmo Spoletini as William Bogart) is a poor Mexican peasant whose home is destroyed by nasty American homesteaders ; after that , he and his unhappy partners (Fernando Sánchez Pollack) are forced to abandon their lands and flee to Mexico after they kill some cutthroats . Rojas and his bunch of Mexican people become bandits and helped by Trevor organize a big bank holdup run by a banker (Miguel Del Castillo) . Rojas , now nicknamed ¨El Lobo (Wolf) De Sierrablanca¨ forms a band of outlaws which raids the border , trying to gain back some of what they have lost , assaulting banks and robbing . But Rojas's spouse (Pilar Cansino) dies in childbirth . Soon after , Rojas is pursued by a sheriff (Sydney Chaplin) and a posse who goes into Mexican territory , being captured and condemned for 20 years in prison . Meanwhile , the sheriff and his wife (Agnes Spaak , top-billed in spite of a brief acting) adopt the kid . Ten years later , Rojas embarks on his vendetta and getaways from jail to see his little boy . And during his quest he carries the revenge in his heart after seeing his unknown son . An old colleague of his heists called Trevor (Eduardo Fajardo) is after a fortune in gold that Rojas had hidden . Rojas finds himself a danger when his son is kidnapped by Trevor . He gets stuck his son and both of whom escape and lost in the sunny desert . Rojas is looking for vengeance of his former partner who doublé-crossed him .

It's full of action , exaggerated characters , shootouts , loads of violence , but also displays an exciting and nicely developed screenplay , full of thrilling as well as interesting and sentimental events . It's a medium budget film with usual actors , good technicians, passable production values and acceptable results . A better than average Western regarding a revenge story , with plenty of violence ,shoot'em up , thrills and noisy action . Here the veteran director Klimovsky is inspired , though the ending is pretty predictable . The film relies heavily about the continuous relationship between the tired , unfortunate Mexican bandit and the little boy . "Death Knows No Time" or "Tierra Brava" or ¨Pagó Cara su Muerte¨ is an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist , an unlucky countryman become a gunslinger who is forced to make a fundamental choice about his life , against his relentless enemies . William Bogart is fine , he ravages the screen, kills , shoots , hits and runs . Guglielmo Spoletini gives a surprising good acting . There is plenty of thrills and action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . The film blends violence , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . Nice score by Carlo Savina , including an enjoyable leitmotif and catching song . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work by fine cameraman Emilio Foriscot during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the ending gunfights and the customary showdown conclusion .

The motion picture is produced by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero who started producing ¨Il Coyote¨ and ¨The Jiusticia De Coyote¨ by Joaquin Romero Marchent with Abel Salazar and Gloria Marin . After that , he produced with his company Copercines ¨Vengeance of Zorro¨ and ¨L'Ombra di Zorro¨ (1962) by Joaquin Marchent with Frank Latimore . Eduardo Manzanos built a Western town in Hoyo De Manzanares (Madrid) with sets by Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia , today sadly disappeared , called ¨Golden City¨ where filmed several Western as Welcome Padre Murray , Brandy , various Zorros and this one . He produced various films for Marchent brothers as Joaquin Romero Marchent : ¨Cabalgando Hacia Muerte¨ , ¨Three good men¨; and Rafael Marchent : ¨Quien Grita vengeance¨, ¨Two crosses in Danger Pass¨ ; and for Italian directors as ¨Sabor Odio¨ by Umberto Lenzi¨and ¨Winchester 1 between 1000¨ by Primo Zeglio .

This ¨Tortilla¨ or ¨Paella¨or ¨Gazpacho¨ Western being well directed by Leon Klimovsky . Leon was a craftsman who directed all kind of genres , as Terror for Paul Naschy : ¨Marshall of hell¨, ¨Rebellion of dead one¨ , ¨Orgy of vampires¨ , ¨Werewolf shadow¨, ¨Dr Jekill vs. the werewolf¨ , Warlike : ¨June 44 attack force Normandy¨ , ¨A bullet for Rommel¨ , ¨Bridge over Elba¨ and Western ¨¨Badland drifter¨ , ¨Reverend Colt¨ , ¨Torrejon city¨ , ¨Death knows no time¨ , ¨Two thousand dollars for Coyote¨ , ¨A dollar for Sartana¨ and "A Few Dollars for Django" which appears as director the Spanish/Argentinean Leon Klimovsky , but actually, for the most part of its filming by the disagreements arising with Klimovsky was realized by Enzo G. Castellari . Rating: 7 . Well worth watching .


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