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The Big Gundown (1966)

La resa dei conti (original title)
Approved | | Western | 29 November 1966 (Spain)
Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Franco Solinas (story), Fernando Morandi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett
Tomas Milian ... Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez
Walter Barnes ... Brokston
Nieves Navarro ... The Widow
Gérard Herter ... Baron von Schulenberg (as Gerard Herter)
María Granada María Granada ... Rosita Sanchez
Roberto Camardiel ... Sheriff Jellicol (as Robert Camardiel)
Ángel del Pozo ... Chet Miller (as Angel del Pozo)
Luisa Rivelli ... Willow Creek Prostitute
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Father of Chet Miller (as Tom Felleghi)
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Mr. Lynch
Benito Stefanelli ... Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini ... Hondo - Ex-Union Outlaw
Antonio Casas ... Brother Smith & Wesson
José Torres ... Paco Molinas
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Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia, translated by Philip-12

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Trivia

Despite having played on US television over the years, the film never received a physical US release until 2013. See more »

Goofs

When Cuchillo grabs a knife from a table after describing himself as "a peaceful man", a mic is visible to his right. See more »

Quotes

Baron von Schulenberg: When you are about to kill a man, what do you look at? I've asked this question of other men, and do you know what they always say? They look at his hands. I don't. I look at his eyes...
[pause]
Baron von Schulenberg: ...because a moment before he moves his hand, his eyes betray him. And you can always read death in them: yours or his.
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian cut of the film is approximately 110 minutes (approximately 105 minutes PAL) and was distributed in several European countries theatrically and on video formats. However, upon its US and UK release (and possibly Japanese release), the film was cut down to approximately 90 minutes. While most of these cuts involved trimming down dialogue, some entire scenes were cut, such as Corbett in the Sherrif's office after killing the three criminals in the opening, Cuchillo and Corbett's visit to a Church, and Cuchillo in bed with his wife Rosita. While most of this footage is thought not to have been dubbed in English, a few scenes, such as the church scenes and Cuchillo/Rosita scene were dubbed in English for some markets outside of the US and UK. As of now, only the 90 minute cut has had any official distribution in the US, while a fan made DVD known as the "Franco Cleef Edition" has made the rounds in the US featuring the Italian cut with English language and subtitled Italian for the scenes in which English audio could not be obtained. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Man Called Death (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Man, Run
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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good stylish spaghetti western
24 August 2008 | by jadflackSee all my reviews

Retired sheriff is persuaded by a politician to come back and hunt down a Mexican who has raped and murdered a twelve year old girl but he slowly realises the Mexican has been framed to cover up the real murderer. Good, stylish spaghetti western,this is the longer uncut version of the film and not the hacked up Amercian version that lost nearly twenty minutes of footage.This has a rather slow start and develops into a chase movie in a kind of western version of "the fugitive".Lee Van Cleef is his usual dependable self and the Ennio Morricone soundtrack is good although i'm not sure about the screeching title song!Film is good and satisfies overall.


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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 November 1966 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Gundown See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (original U.S. theatrical release) | (Blu-ray extended special edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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