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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original title of the film was "Duel in the Wind." Lee Van Cleef came up with the Italian title while discussing the movie with John Phillip Law, who saw the film as a "man to man" story. Van Cleef remarked, "Why don't they call it 'From Man to Man'?" The Italian producers liked how it sounded in Italian ("Da Uomo a Uomo") so much they used it. Then the film was subsequently retitled "Death Rides a Horse" in English-speaking markets, which Law said he never liked. See more »

Goofs

When the bad guys charge the village after the fire is gone, there are lot more than there were before. Also, the same people fall off their horses in identical scenes right after each other. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: If you're going to follow somebody, youngster, do a better job of it. This world is full of nervous characters. They'd shoot you in the back first, and then introduce themselves.
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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 The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Death Rides A Horse
Composed by Maurizio Graf (as Attansio) and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni
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The expressive eyes make dialog practically unnecessary.
13 June 1999 | by edd-6See all my reviews

On a remote Firebase in Vietnam, we received a 16mm movie each day by helicopter. We typically watched about 3:00AM in our small fire direction center (FDC). "Death Rides a Horse" was delivered at least 15 times in 10 months. We were moved by the expressive eyes and dramatic stares throughout the movie. After several viewings, we'd decided to leave the sound off and provide our own dialog. This movie was a great tension buster in the middle of undesired action. Thank you Lee VanCleef!


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