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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


The Rogers family are rich and powerful cattle and land owners. The Caine brothers - Ben, Thomas and Eli - rebel against them and steal a shipment of gold coins. The Rogers are used to settling their affairs personally and kill Ben, while the other two manage to escape, although their house is burned down. Maria, Ben's wife, has only one wish: to avenge her husband's death. Only one person will help her to achieve this end: Manuel, a lonely gunfighter who accepts to help her due to his past relationship with Maria and Ben. Manuel decides to kidnap Diana, the Rogers' beloved daughter, and Maria obliges her father and his three sons to humble themselves on Ben's grave and ask for forgiveness. However, both the Rogers and the Caines' plans for each other go awry... with tragic and deadly results. Written by tanglefreak98 and Movietime SRL

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When he arrived the boundless West became a cemetery without crosses See more »




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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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Did You Know?


Robert Hossein intended the film to both a tribute to Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - and a starring vehicle for himself and his friend Michèle Mercier, who was wanting to break away from being typecast as a result of her performance as the title character from Angélique (1964). See more »

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Referenced in Cold Sweat (1970) See more »


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Classy western with more than a little nod in the direction of Mr Leone
22 July 2005 | by marc-366See all my reviews

From the opening sequence, as a sepia camera lens captures the pursuit of a single rider by a gang on horseback, I just knew that this film was going to demonstrate class. And, although the story itself probably has little to set it apart from many other films within the Euro Western genre, it more than makes up for it with its effective use of camera work and great character portrayal. Yes, this film has class in abundance.

So to the story itself. Having witnessed her husband Ben (a brief but welcome appearance by Benito Stefanelli) executed by the Rogers family, Maria (played by stunning french actress Michèle Mercier) seeks revenge on the killers. Unable to rely on her two oafish brothers-in-law to assist, she seeks help from Ben's best friend (and, as we find out, Maria's former lover) Manuel (Robert Hossein).

Manuel enlists himself as a member of the Rogers gang, enabling him to capture the only daughter. With this prisoner in her custody, Maria has the perfect ransom to deliver a perfect revenge on the Rogers gang. With the scene now set, the bloodshed and twists to the story soon commence.

The character of Manuel is quite unlike any other main western lead that I have seen. Whilst demonstrating an unnerving ability with a gun, there is a definite reluctance to become too embroiled with Maria's plot. His time as a gunfighter by choice has passed - perhaps symbolically shown by him being the sole resident of "Ghost Town". However, his involvement is spurned on by his feelings for her. Hossein, who both played the part of Manuel and directed the movie, plays this solemn and complex character superbly.

Hossein's direction is really eye catching too, with the camera work demonstrating more than a little nod in the direction of a certain Mr Leone (to whom there is a suitable credit in the end title sequence). This is no copycat Leone film however, and firmly stands up on its own merit. Less is definitely more, as the opening scene proves (it must be a good ten minutes before there is any real dialogue. And in reality, when the picture is this effective words are not needed).

In summary, don't be put off by the simplicity of the story, as the way that this film is crafted makes such an issue completely irrelevant. It can stand quite proudly in that top echelon of Euro Westerns, and quite possibly a perfect introduction to the genre to those that have purely seen the Leone movies.

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