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Death Rides a Horse (1967)

Da uomo a uomo (original title)
A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw, till the surprising end.

Director:

Giulio Petroni

Writer:

Luciano Vincenzoni (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Ryan
John Phillip Law ... Bill Meceita
Mario Brega ... Walcott's Henchman in Waistcoat
Luigi Pistilli ... Walcott
Anthony Dawson ... Burt Cavanaugh
José Torres ... Pedro (as Jose Torres)
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Sceriffo
Bruno Corazzari ... Walcott's Bartender
Felicita Fanny Felicita Fanny ... Martita
Ignazio Leone ... Ex-pastore
Carlo Pisacane ... Capostazione
Angelo Susani Angelo Susani ... Paco
Guglielmo Spoletini Guglielmo Spoletini ... Manuel
Vivienne Bocca Vivienne Bocca ... Sorella di Bill
Walter Giulangeli Walter Giulangeli ... Sr. Meceita
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Storyline

Before his very eyes, a young boy watches the cutthroats of a small gang raid his humble home, rape and slaughter his whole family. Fifteen years later, Bill Meceita, the once-helpless boy and the sole survivor of the massacre, has now become a cool and skilful sharpshooter, seeking revenge against the band of unknown killers. In the meantime, the seasoned gunslinger and freshly out of prison, Ryan, has already embarked on a journey of sweet retribution, unaware that before long, he will cross paths with Bill, sharing the same desire for justice. But what could possibly unite the two unlikely companions? Written by Nick Riganas

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This is revenge... And there's nothing sweet about it! See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 August 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

As Man to Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bollywood hit Zanjeer starring Amitabh Bachhan,Jaya Bhaduri n Pran is inspired by this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Bill talks to the girl in the inn, before the bandits arrive, the long shot shows her face in shadows. When it goes to a closer shot, her right eye has was highlighted by sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: We both got an old account to settle with the same people. Only I want to take first crack at 'em.
Bill: We could go on together.
Ryan: No, son, you got too much hate in you. Sooner or later, that's gonna get you in trouble.
Bill: Hate is hate. There's no two ways...
Ryan: Somebody once wrote that revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold. As hot as you are, you're liable to end with indigestion. No, I'm going on alone.
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Alternate Versions

Some versions, including the Japanese DVD release from SPO, are missing a single shot of a person being stabbed (in the opening sequence), cut by the censors on the film's first English language release in the 1960s. Subsequent DVD releases from MGM in Europe contain the uncut version, with the shot of the stabbing included in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Poker D'Assi
(uncredited)
From Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Directed by Bruno Nicolai
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Lee Van Cleef shines in this underrated revenge thriller. One of the better non-Leone spaghetti westerns.
24 April 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

It's hard not to think of Sergio Leone when watching 'Death Rides A Horse', and not just because Leone is the king of spaghetti westerns. The connections are even closer than that. Lee Van Cleef ("Angel Eyes" in 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly') co-stars, and the supporting cast includes Mario Brega and Luigi Pistilli, both familiar faces from Leone's Dollars trilogy. Plus it was written by Luciano Vincenzoni and scored by Morricone. Giulio Petroni however is the director instead of Leone. Maybe that's why it isn't as impressive as one might expect. Even so it's an underrated revenge thriller, and Van Cleef gives an excellent performance. He plays Ryan, an ex-con wanting some payback from a group of outlaws who double crossed him. John Phillip Law ('Diabolik') is Bill, a young guy obsessed with avenging the rape and murder of his mother and the slaying of his father and sister. Pretty soon Bill crosses paths with Ryan and comes to realize that they after the same men. The two form an uneasy relationship which in many ways is that of a surrogate father and son. 'Death Rides A Horse' may not be quite as great as Leone but it's still very good, and one of the better spaghetti westerns. It's particularly recommended to fans of Lee Van Cleef, who is just wonderful to watch.


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