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Johnny Hamlet (1968)

Quella sporca storia nel west (original title)
PG | | Drama, Western | May 1972 (USA)
Back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton learns that his father was murdered by Santana the bandit and that his mother Gertrude married his uncle Claude but Johnny is determined to find out the truth.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Sergio Corbucci (story), Tito Carpi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Andrea Giordana ... Johnny Hamilton (as Chip Corman)
Gilbert Roland ... Horace
Horst Frank ... Claude Hamilton
Ennio Girolami ... Ross (as Enio Girolami)
Ignazio Spalla ... Guild (as Pedro Sanchez)
Françoise Prévost ... Gertry Hamilton (as Francoise Prevost)
Stefania Careddu Stefania Careddu ... Betty
Manuel Serrano Manuel Serrano ... Santana
Franco Latini Franco Latini ... Gravedigger
Giorgio Sammartino Giorgio Sammartino ... Sheriff (as Giorgio Sanmartin)
Ugo Adinolfi Ugo Adinolfi
John Bartha ... Owner of Acting Troupe
Franco Leo Franco Leo ... Indian
Claudio Trionfi Claudio Trionfi
Gabriella Boccardo Gabriella Boccardo ... Emily / Ophelia (as Gabriella Grimaldi)
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On his way back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father who lets him know that he has been murdered and who asks him to avenge him. Back in the family ranch, Johnny finds that not only has his father been killed but that Gertrude, his mother, has married her late husband's brother Claude. The latter is now the owner of the ranch and of all the properties of the deceased. Polonius, a ruthless bandit, is supposed to have killed Johnny's father. But couldn't it be Claude...? Written by Guy Bellinger

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The rebel! He searched for the truth - and found death! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Django: The One and Only (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Find a Man
(uncredited)
Written by Francesco De Masi, Alessandro Alessandroni and Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maurizio Graf
Produced by Edizioni CAM
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Highly enjoyable
28 December 2005 | by moerchiSee all my reviews

This underrated spaghetti western, based on an idea by Sergio Corbucci and directed by Enzo Castellari of Keoma fame, sports excellent cinematography, a nice soundtrack by the recently deceased Francesco De Masi and an impressive cast. While the protagonist, played by Andrea Giordani, is the usual spaghetti 'avenging hero' fare, the highly charismatic Horst Frank and the rest of the cast do a great job. The 'Hamlet' theme injects a lot of originality into the vengeance story, the intro dream sequence being very surreal and creative. And while you will not find a deep, meaningful version of 'Hamlet' here, lots of religious metaphors are around and, along with the healthy dose of humor (which not everyone will appreciate) make this one of the more intelligent euro westerns around. Definitely recommended.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Hamlet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiano Film, Leone Film See more »
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Mono | Mono (Cinefonico Palatino)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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