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La sfida dei MacKenna (1970)

An American drifter becomes involved in a deadly family dispute. A powerful Mexican rancher orders the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. Jones earns the wrath of the father when he finds the body and buries it.

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León Klimovsky
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Woods ... Chris
John Ireland ... Jones
Annabella Incontrera ... Maggie
Roberto Camardiel ... Don Diego
Mariano Vidal Molina ... Ed Gray
Daniela Giordano ... Barbara
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... (as Ken Wood)
Attilio Dottesio ... Sheriff Bill
Sergio Mendizábal Sergio Mendizábal ... Doctor
Sergio Colasanti Sergio Colasanti
Angelo Dessy Angelo Dessy
Alejandro de Enciso Alejandro de Enciso ... (as José Antonio López)
Ferdinando Poggi Ferdinando Poggi
Angelo Botti Angelo Botti
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An American drifter becomes involved in a deadly family dispute. A powerful Mexican rancher orders the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. Jones earns the wrath of the father when he finds the body and buries it.

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 March 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Challenge of the McKennas See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Maggie: Falling in love is like being hit with a bullet. You don't know it's happened until you're dead.
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An Unusual and Interesting Spaghetti Western.
3 March 2010 | by JohnWellesSee all my reviews

"La sfida dei MacKenna" (1970), also known as "Challenge of McKenna" and "Badlands Drifter", is a Spaghetti Western directed by León Klimovsky. The story is thus: an ex-preacher, now a drifter (played by John Ireland) gets into a deadly dispute with powerful Mexican rancher Don Diego (Roberto Camardiel). This is quite a bizarre Western for its genre: there is little action (most of which is well-staged, apart from the anti-climatic final confrontation) and has a lot of Catholic symbolism (the dramatic and striking first scene for example, where a man is hung on a cross against the skyline). The acting, for this wordy movie is excellent: Ireland, while too old for the part is believable and moving as a man who has lost his faith and Robert Woods as Chris, son of Diego, is in one of his best roles. The film is well-served by Klimovsky's direction and the screenplay is strange but riveting. Only one thing blot's this film, and that is the romantic sub-plot that is totally redundant and unnecessary. However, apart from that, this is an unusual Spaghetti Western well-worth seeing.


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