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Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

Une corde un Colt... (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 25 January 1969 (France)
A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.


Robert Hossein


Robert Hossein (scenario), Claude Desailly (scenario) | 7 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Michèle Mercier ... Maria Caine (as Michele Mercier)
Robert Hossein ... Manuel
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Thomas Caine (as Lee Burton)
Daniele Vargas ... Will Rogers (as Daniel Vargas)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Larry Rogers
Pierre Hatet Pierre Hatet ... Frank Rogers
Philippe Baronnet Philippe Baronnet ... Bud Rogers
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Sheriff Ben
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Vallee Brother
Béatrice Altariba ... Saloon Woman (as Beatrice Altariba)
Michel Lemoine ... Eli Caine
Anne-Marie Balin Anne-Marie Balin ... Diana Rogers


A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.

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Manuel had sprung into action. And when Manuel came to town, the whole West became an immense... CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES. See more »




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Also on the German DVD interview, Robert Hossein said that the dinner scene at the Rogers house was directed by Sergio Leone. See more »

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The Black Glove Man.
30 March 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Une corde, un Colt (AKA: Cemetery Without Crosses) is directed by Robert Hossein, who also stars and co-writes the screenplay with Dario Argento and Claude Desailly. Starring alongside Hossein are Michèle Mercier, Anne-Marie Balin, Daniele Vargas, Guido Lollobrigida and Serge Marquand. Music is by Andre Hossein and cinematography by Henri Persin.

After being forced to watch the lynching of her husband by the ruthless Rogers family, Maria Caine (Mercier) asks her inept brothers-in-law for help in retribution. Getting no joy from the pair, she seeks outside help in the form of fast gun Manuel (Hossein), a loner living in solitude out at a ghost town...

It's dedicated to Sergio Leone, who directs one of the best scenes in the film, contains the Argento factor, so it's not really a shock to proclaim that Leone's influence is all over Hossein's movie.

It's a Pasta Western that operates in the void between the real and the spirit world, deliberately ethereal in tone, even sprinkling dashes of the surreal onto the hearty portion. Dialogue is used sparingly, but not to the detriment of film's quality, and Hossein the director dallies in black and white staging, slow zooms and excellent usage of sound effects.

Much like the dialogue, the violence is pared down, there's no Blunderbuss infused blood laden approach to the evil that men do here, it's all very controlled and in keeping with the tonal flows that Hossein favours. The cliché's of the sub-genre are adhered to throughout, thankfully so, while the finale is suitably melancholic.

Thoughtful, sombre and ripe with blurry ambiguity, Cemetery Without Crosses is comfortably recommended to the Euro Western fan. 8/10

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Release Date:

25 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rope and the Colt See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Black and White (opening and epilogue)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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