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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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Taglines:

When You've Waited Fifteen Years To Find A Man... It's A Shame You Can Only Kill Him Once! See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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

The couplings visible on the trains are European and not American ones. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: Somebody tries to shoot me in the back, I defend myself.
Sheriff: You defend yourself almost too well, mister. They're both dead as doornails.
Ryan: They came in the window. It wasn't to wish me pleasant dreams.
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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

References Rio Bravo (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Death Rides A Horse (Vocal version)
Composed by Maurizio Graf (as Attansio) and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Raul Lovecchio (as Raoul)
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An Excellent Revenge Driven Spaghetti Western.
12 January 2010 | by JohnWellesSee all my reviews

"Death Rides a Horse" AKA "As Man to Man" (1967), directed by Giulio Petroni, is among the best Spaghetti Westerns. Leen, mean and with with plenty of action, it never slows down from the brilliantly executed murder and rape during a thunder-storm that sets in motion Bill Meceita

(John Phillip Law)trail of bloody vengeance. Of course the real star of this film is Lee Van Cleef. Tougth and savage, this master thespian can easily hold his own against scowling villains One-Eye (Mario Brega) or Walcott (Luigi Pistilli). The photography is fine and the screenplay by Luciano Vincenzoni is a mini-masterpiece of revenge-drama.

But now, the vices. Quite a few shots of "canyons" seem to have been filmed in quarry's, some of the supporting cast are weak, notably Carlo Pisacane and José Torres. Also, the one real weakness that detracts from this otherwise great movie is when, each time Bill sees someone who was involved in killing his father, there is a quick, red tinted flash-back showing what evil crime they had committed against his family. As there are five people to kill, this soon becomes rather monotonous.

Apart from the few flaws mentioned, this is a almost perfect example of a normal Spaghetti Western. A sheer joy to watch.


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