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Payment in Blood (1967)

7 winchester per un massacro (original title)
Approved | | Western | 14 April 1967 (Italy)
A gunman joins up with a gang of Confederate guerrillas to find a cache of missing Confederate gold.


Enzo G. Castellari (as E.G. Rowland)


Tito Carpi (story and screenplay), Enzo G. Castellari (story and screenplay) (as E.G. Rowland)




Cast overview:
Edd Byrnes ... Stuart
Ennio Girolami ... Chamaco Gonzales (as Thomas Moore) (as Enio Girolami)
Luisa Baratto ... Manuela (as Louise Barrett)
Federico Boido ... Fred Calhoun (as Ryk Boyd)
Aysanoa Runachagua ... Rios (as Alfred Aysanoa)
Attilio Severini Attilio Severini ... Mesa Alvarez
Giulio Maculani Giulio Maculani ... Sheriff
Piero Vida ... Levasseur
Mario Donen ... Northern Soldier
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Northern Soldier
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Miss Belle
Mirella Pamphili ... (as Mirella Panfili)
Rossella Bergamonti Rossella Bergamonti ... Durango Townswoman
Guy Madison ... Col. Thomas Blake


It's 1867 Texas. The American Civil War has ended but a handful of Confederate commanders and their units refuse to accept defeat and surrender. One of these commanders is Colonel Thomas Blake. He and his men raid the farms, towns and settlements where Yankees live. Rumors abound about Colonel Blake having gone insane. Many claim that Blake robs and kills for his own pleasure and personal gain rather than in the name of Confederacy. The authorities post huge rewards for the capture or killing of Colonel Blake and his men. However, Blake is shrewd and hard to entrap. He too wants money. More specifically, Colonel Blake is after the 200 thousand dollars that vanished in the final days of the war from the Confederate coffers. The money was last seen in the strong box of Confederate General Beauregard. Blake sends a trusted aide, Chamaco Gonzales, to inquire among the Confederate veterans and disbanded soldiers about the whereabouts of General Beauregard's strong box. But Chamaco is ... Written by nufs68

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Sung by Raul Lovecchio (as Raoul)
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PAYMENT IN BLOOD (Enzo G. Castellari, 1967) **1/2
14 August 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This was the fifth(!) Spaghetti Western I've watched from director Castellari (whom I met at the 2004 Venice Film Festival) – it's not too bad an effort actually, though still far away from the admirably elegiac quality he would eventually achieve in KEOMA (1976).

The plot is pretty typical of the genre: after the end of the Civil War, a Confederate Colonel (Guy Madison) wants to keep up the fight and recruits a band of outlaws to finance his campaign through random pillaging; given that the original Italian title makes an explicit reference to the fact that the gang totals seven men, I guess the film intended to be a roguish version of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)! Anyway, as expected, an outsider (Edd Byrnes) soon joins their ranks – after having rescued one of them (Enio Girolami, the director's brother and who, in the role of a peon, irritatingly speaks almost exclusively in Spanish throughout!). However, it transpires (equally unsurprisingly) that he's really a government agent out to ensnare Madison and his men by ostensibly leading them to a buried cache' of Confederate money! Along the way, a female character is also thrown into the fray – which, naturally, causes discord among the Colonel and his 'underlings' since, rather than share her with them as was their habit, he decides to keep her for himself; at the end, she too turns out to have been on the side of the law (and in cahoots with Byrnes all along)!

The film features plenty of action – set to a rousing score by Francesco De Masi – and climaxes agreeably with an atmospheric sequence set inside a cave (where the now worthless money is stashed) that served as burial ground for some Indian tribe or other.

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