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A Bullet for Sandoval (1969)

Los desesperados (original title)
GP | | Western | May 1970 (USA)
A Confederate deserter, whose Mexican girlfriend dies during childbirth, starts a feud with her Mexican family, becomes an outlaw and vows revenge on all who wronged him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hilton ... Corporal John Warner
Ernest Borgnine ... Don Pedro Sandoval
Alberto de Mendoza ... Lucky Boy
Leo Anchóriz ... Friar
Annabella Incontrera ... Carol Day
Antonio Pica ... Sam Powell
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Guerico
Manuel de Blas ... José Gonzalez Sandoval
Manuel Miranda Manuel Miranda ... Francisco Gonzalez Sandoval
Gustavo Rojo ... El Guadalupano
Andrea Aureli ... James Morton
Mary Paz Pondal Mary Paz Pondal ... Isabel
Andrés Mejuto ... Confederate General
José Guardiola ... Chihuahua Governor
George Rigaud ... General Jackson (as Jorge Rigaud)


A soldier deserts his outfit the night before a major battle, after receiving an urgent message. He heads across the border to Mexico to marry his pregnant girlfriend before she gives birth. Her father had forbidden their marriage, but the soldier is determined. Circumstances turn the soldier into an outlaw who vows vengeance on everyone involved. Written by ms_sunshine

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Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bullet for Sandoval See more »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalucia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sometimes it is falsely claimed the movie was co-directed by Lucio Fulci, but this is not true. Actor George Hilton has stated so in many interviews. See more »


Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Vengeance of Mermaid Man
5 September 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This one is really bleak and nihilistic, so watch out for that. Set during the American Civil War, we have Confederate soldier George Hilton having to go AWOL in order to save the honour of a woman who has just borne his child. George has several problems, however, one being that the army aren't too lenient on deserters, and his lady's father, Sandoval (a very loud Borgnine, just the way we like him!), really hates his guts and wants nothing to do with him. Plus, he gets caught and sentenced to death in pretty short order.

Killing his captor and heading south with a couple of mates, George finds that the town his fiance lives in is suffering from an outbreak of cholera, his missus has just died, and Sandoval has just dumped the kid on him and banished him. Further still, George finds that his kid is starving to death, but no one will feed him as they think the kid has cholera. The kid dies, and George turns to the dark side and starts murdering everyone who turned him away. Is this a Western or an Adam Sandler film?

George gets himself a gang of bandits while on the other side of things Sandoval keeps getting madder and madder and madder to the point where he denies he even had a daughter in the first place (although in secret he's shattered inside that she's gone - nicely performed by Borgnine). Both men are gearing up for a confrontation that they cannot avoid, as both of them have lost their souls...

We all like Ernest Borgnine, right? You can't go wrong with him here, as a stubborn but honourable man consumed by grief. George Hilton too does a nice turn as the loved up soldier turned blank-eyed killer and it's the fact that both characters have more depth that carries the film. Neither of them are particular evil men, but through circumstance they are both turned into monsters.

Good film. Loved the custard-pie fight at the end!

Wait...no...that didn't happen.

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