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Sabata (1969)

Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! (original title)
PG-13 | | Western | 16 September 1969 (Italy)
A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.


Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)


Renato Izzo (story), Gianfranco Parolini (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Sabata
William Berger ... Banjo
Ignazio Spalla ... Carrincha (as Pedro Sanchez)
Aldo Canti ... Indio (as Nick Jordan)
Franco Ressel ... Stengel
Antonio Gradoli ... Ferguson (as Anthony Gradwell)
Linda Veras ... Jane
Robert Hundar ... Oswald, Stengel Henchman
Gianni Rizzo ... Judge O'Hara
Spartaco Conversi Spartaco Conversi ... Slim, Stengel Henchman (as Spanny Convery)
Carlo Tamberlani ... Nichols (as Charles Tamblyn)
Luciano Pigozzi ... False Father Brown (as Alan Collins)
Marco Zuanelli ... Sharky, Gunman Hired by Stengel
Franco Marletta ... Captain
Andrea Aureli ... Daniel (as Andrew Ray)


A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

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The man with gunsight eyes comes to kill!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence and some sexual situations | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Body count: 75. See more »


The fake gunfight was supposed to happen at sunrise, but according to the shadows, it was clearly within a couple hours of noon, the sun was overhead and casting a shadow only a few feet long. See more »


Carrincha: Hey, amigo! Who in hell are you, anyway?
Sabata: Didn't I ever mention it?
[Turns his horse and rides off]
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Edited into Spaghetti Western Trailer Show (2007) See more »


Ehi Amico C'e' Sabata (Main Title)
Music composed by Marcello Giombini
Vocals performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni (uncredited)
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The man in black with a few tricks up his sleeve
12 November 2001 | by General UrkoSee all my reviews

Sabata is another of the Spaghetti Western anti-heros & in this his first film he foils a bank robbery & then blackmails the ringleader. This is a great addition to any Spaghetti Western fans collection with all the classic elements, a good score, some great action & a cast of oddball characters. Sabatas cohorts include such characters as an acrobatic mute indian & best of all Banjo. The always excellent William Berger plays the ambiguous character of Banjo named after the instrument he always carries with him. This character is arguably more interesting than Sabata & should have had his own spin-off film. As in a lot of Spaghettis it is the interesting interplay between characters that is just as important as the plot. Sabata is no out & out hero nor is he a villain but is out for what he can get in the opportunity laden new frontier of the west. Despite this he does have his own moral code. Like many films of its type there is a vague political undercurrent, here we have the bourgeoisie at odds with the working class in the form of the corrupt rich official masterminding the crime to fund his land buying plan. This film has some great gadgets employed by Lee Van Cleef & others which I won't spoil by revealing. Van Cleef was a great actor tailor-made for the wild west & plays Sabata brilliantly here, clad in black & always one step ahead of his enemies, or is he? The only way to find out is to seek out a copy of this most entertaining Spaghetti Western.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

16 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »


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2.35 : 1
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