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Heads or Tails (1969)

Testa o croce (original title)
Not your typical Italian western. Outlaw makes good by rescuing raped and beaten dancehall girl who eventually falls for him. Sexually deviated murdering banker's widow Sybille adds some ... See full summary »

Director:

Piero Pierotti

Writers:

Piero Pierotti (story), Piero Pierotti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ericson ... Will Hunter
Spela Rozin ... Shanda Lee (as Sheyla Rosin)
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Serpente
Daniela Surina Daniela Surina ... Sybille Burton
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Old
Edwige Fenech ... Manuela
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Lilly
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi ... Bocca di Rosa
Maria Teresa Piaggio Maria Teresa Piaggio ... Miss Pitts
Pinuccio Ardia ... Miserere
Ugo Pagliai ... Burton
Pasquale Basile Pasquale Basile ... Bill
Silvana Bacci Silvana Bacci ... Mee-Noa
Franco Daddi Franco Daddi ... Red
Antonietta Fiorito Antonietta Fiorito
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Not your typical Italian western. Outlaw makes good by rescuing raped and beaten dancehall girl who eventually falls for him. Sexually deviated murdering banker's widow Sybille adds some spice. The scenes of insane church ladies tar and feathering the dance hall girls can not be described. The director attempts to push some Giallo tropes in the movie and it works. Should be watched for the experience. Written by John mccormick

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Western

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 55319 delivered on 31-3-1969. See more »

Soundtracks

Arizona Is Waiting
Composed by Carlo Savina (As Savina) & D. Powell
Vocals Performed by Raul Lovecchio (as Raoul)
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Bill and the black widow
24 September 2011 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Sybille, the honorable wife of a banker, has her husband murdered and blames saloon girl Shanda for the deed, thus Shanda gets almost killed by three rogues, but her life is saved by Will Hunter. Will goes to town in the disguise of a professional gambler, Bill Abilene, to investigate the murder case, find the three rogues and avenge the abuse of Shanda.

This is a rather unusual Italian western. Talkative, with lots of women, most scenes shot indoors at the studio, it doesn't have the typical atmosphere, if you know what I mean: silent stranger riding across the desert and so on. It is probably telling a lot that the director didn't shoot much else in the western area except a Zorro movie.

Edwige Fenech's name is big on the DVD cover because she became a star later, but she is only no.3 among the female cast. Slovenian actress Spela Rozin plays the part of Shanda, providing red hair and blue eyes with great effect, and then there is Sybille, the black widow, played by Daniela Surina as a temptress without remorse. Not a great movie, but an interesting one, off the beaten path.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 June 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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