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Django the Bastard (1969)

Django il bastardo (original title)
PG | | Western | 19 April 1974 (USA)
A Union soldier survives attempted murder to take revenge on three officers who betrayed his unit in battle.


Sergio Garrone


Sergio Garrone (original story and screenplay), Anthony Steffen (original story and screenplay) (as Antonio De Teffè)

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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Steffen ... Django
Paolo Gozlino Paolo Gozlino ... Major Rod Murdok
Luciano Rossi ... Hugh / Jack Murdok (as Lu Kamante)
Teodoro Corrà Teodoro Corrà ... Williams
Jean Louis Jean Louis ... Howard Ross
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Brett
Victoriano Gazzarra Victoriano Gazzarra ... Sam Hawkens
Thomas Rudy Thomas Rudy ... Rowland (as Tomas Rudi)
Lucia Bomez ... Whore
Emy Rossi Scotti Emy Rossi Scotti ... Howard's Wife
Rada Rassimov ... Alethea / Alida Murdok


A Union soldier survives attempted murder to take revenge on three officers who betrayed his unit in battle.

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Release Date:

19 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strangers Gundown See more »

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2.35 : 1
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West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 2 minutes. See more »


Referenced in Django: The One and Only (2003) See more »

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Unique and Creepy Spaghetti Western
14 April 2003 | by BillDPSee all my reviews

I've read alot about "Django The Bastard" and comparisons between it and Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter". I think it's safe to say that "HPD" is not a remake of "DTB" but is is also safe to say that it at least served as the inspiration for Clint's 1972 film IMHO.

I had high expectations for "Django The Bastard" and I was definitely NOT let down. It's an at times crude and low budget affair but it has enough action, tension and chills to make it a terrific little film that just may be one of the trendsetters in the Euro Gothic Western sub-genre. The atmosphere is thick in this creepy movie and Director Sergio Garrone goes all out showing us some unique camera angles which run the full spectrum from overhead shots to close-ups to fade-in's to handheld. Very effective as is the score which at certain times is eerie enough to raise a goosebump or two. Some remarkable scenes as mentioned in other reviews including a creepy opening that is almost completely silent except for the howling wind and the memorable scene in the graveyard.

Really wonderful stuff from the little SW that could. The performances are fine and I think that anyone who is a fan of Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" owes it to himself or herself to check this one out. It's available on DVD from VCI under it's U.S. title of "The Strangers Gundown". Easily one of my favorite Westerns.

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