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A Bullet for Sandoval (1969)

Los desesperados (original title)
PG-13 | | 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.


Julio Buchs


Julio Buchs (screenplay), Julio Buchs (story) | 6 more credits »




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 ... 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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If the plague doesn't wipe out the West, The Warner Gang will. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »

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Italian censorship visa # 55006 delivered on 20-11-1969. See more »


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

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Well Told Revenge Story
14 November 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Confederate soldier George Hilton abandons his post in order to go and marry the expectant mother of his child, the daughter of wealthy Spanish landowner Don Pedro Sandoval (Ernest Borgnine), before it's too late. Captured, he escapes and arrives in time to find the baby's mother having already died in child-birth.

Her angry father sends the wanted Hilton and the baby out into the darkness where he gathers together a group of misfits to wreak vengeance on all who refused to help his son, especially Sandoval.

One memorable scene has Hilton attacking a petty fearful man who previously denied the starving infant milk, drowning him in a bucket of it.

A good Spanish/Italian co-production, the first half of A Bullet For Sandoval is so strong in terms of character development and emotions that the rest of the movie suffers by comparison.

Still, it's definitely worth watching and one of the best European westerns, with good performances by Hilton and Borgnine and a great climax in a bullfighting arena.

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Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

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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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