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Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! (1969)

A master gunfighter teams up with his banjo-playing partner and a Mexican bandit 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.

Director:

Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)

Writers:

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

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

A master gunfighter competes with the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas to steal an army safe containing $100,000 intended to buy the land upon which the coming railroad will be built. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu> and tanglefreak98

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The man with gunsight eyes comes to kill!

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabata See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain 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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Trivia

Body count: 75. See more »

Goofs

After Sabata returns the safe, the colonel instructs a lieutenant to "see about his money". The officer who approaches to determine the reward is a captain. See more »

Quotes

Stengel: [Believing he's got Sabata beat] Before you die, you should know that those men with superior talents... and consequently with superior powers... always have one last card to play.
Sabata: You know, Stengel, I wouldn't bet a dollar on that last card.
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Connections

Referenced in Django Explained (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ehi Amico C'e' Sabata (Main Title)
Music composed by Marcello Giombini
Vocals performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni (uncredited)
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Stylish And Great Cult Spaghetti Western

Gianfranco Parolini's "Ehi Amico... C'è Sabata, Hai Chiuso!" aka. "Sabata" is a stylish and excellent Italian Cult Western starring one of the greatest Western icons of all time (THE greatest in my book), the incomparable Lee Van Cleef. Van Cleef is a blessing for any movie, and "Sabata" is, besides "For A Few Dollars More", "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly", "The Big Gundown", "Day Of Anger" and "Death Rides A Horse", one of the most important films starring this great actor. Although this film is was followed by only two sequels (one of them starring Van Cleef, the other starring Yul Brynner), the "Sabata" series could very well be described as the most important series of Spaghetti Westerns alongside the "Sartana" series starring Gianni Garko and, of course, the "Django" series (which isn't really a series, since "Django" of 1966 was followed by dozens of unofficial "sequels" that mostly had little to nothing to do with the original).

Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) is a typical antihero of the Italian Western, who longs for money and his own benefit more than for anything else. After killing a whole gang of outlaws and bringing their loot back for the money, Sabata stays in town for a while, in order to make some more money. He soon has two sidekicks, Carrincha (Ignazio Spalla) and Indio (Aldo Canti), and he furthermore runs into an old acquaintance, the constantly relaxed banjo player Banjo (William Berger)...

Lee Van Cleef is the perfect cast for Sabata, and delivers a great performance in the lead as always. Another highlight of this movie is William Berger, who is coolness incarnate as Banjo. Franco Ressel is great as the villain and Ignazio Spalla and Aldo Canti make two great sidekicks, especially Spalla is funny as hell. The movie is perfectly photographed in the Spanish Alméria, the greatest location for a Spaghetti Western, and very stylish from the first minute. The score is great, especially Banjo's theme, which he constantly plays on his banjo, is a great piece of soundtrack and a very catchy tune that I'll never forget. "Sabata" is an essential Spaghetti Western and a great film in any aspect, and fans of the Italian Western can not afford to miss this. Highly recommended.


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