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Gunman of Ave Maria (1969)

Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria (original title)
Unrated | | Western | 17 October 1969 (Italy)
Mann is a gunman informed by a childhood friend that his father was murdered years earlier by his mother and her lover. To make matters worse, Mann's sister, who is in love with his friend,... See full summary »


Ferdinando Baldi


Vincenzo Cerami (story and screenplay), Pier Giovanni Anchisi (story and screenplay) (as Piero Anchisi) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Mann ... Sebastian Carrasco
Luciana Paluzzi ... Anna Carrasco
Peter Martell ... Rafael Garcia
Alberto de Mendoza ... Tomas
Pilar Velázquez ... Isabella Carrasco (as Pilar Velazquez)
José Suárez ... General Juan Carrasco (as José Suarez)
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Francisco
José Manuel Martín ... Miguel
Luciano Rossi ... Juanito
Barbara Nelli Barbara Nelli ... Conchita (as Barbara Nelly)
Mirella Pamphili ... Inez (as Mirella Pompili)
Franco Pesce Franco Pesce ... Tequila, the Bartender
Franco Gulà Franco Gulà ... Preacher (as Francesco Gula)
Nicola Solari Nicola Solari
Silvana Bacci Silvana Bacci ... Maria, la 'Bruja'


Mann is a gunman informed by a childhood friend that his father was murdered years earlier by his mother and her lover. To make matters worse, Mann's sister, who is in love with his friend, is held under the thumb of his murderous mom. The two gunmen ride off to have a reckoning with her. Written by Anonymous

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Based on the ancient Greek myth of the events in the House of Atreus, as dealt with by the fourth-century BC Athenian tragedians: Aeschylus, in his trilogy, 'The Oresteia'; Sophocles, in his play, 'Electra'; and Euripdies, in his play, 'Electra'. The story, however, is much older, appearing also in Homer's 'The Odyssey', albeit in much less detail. According to the myth, Agamemnon is assassinated upon his return home from the war at Troy by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin. In Aeschylus, Orestes, Agamemnon's son, is sent as a boy by Clytemnestra to an old family friend and ally in Delphi, far enough from the royal palace in Mycenae/Argos to be both safe and not a threat. In Sophocles, Orestes is entrusted by his older sister, Electra, to an old slave who flees and raises Orestes in secret. Some years later, Orestes secretly returns as a young man, intent on revenge, alongside his friend Pylades. The plays vary in their respective representations, but ultimately Orestes and Electra are re-united, Orestes forms a plan to kill Clytemnestra and Aegisthus, and Electra wholeheartedly supports the plan. A false report of Orestes' death is given to Clytemnestra and Aegisthus (in Aeschylus, Orestes himself poses as the messenger; in Sophocles, it is the Old Slave, while Orestes poses as an attendant carrying the urn of his own supposed ashes). Once in the palace, Orestes, supported by Pylades, murders Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. In Sophocles, the play ends here, and the audience is left with the sense of the figurative death of both Orestes' and Electra's humanity through the destructive vendetta. In Aeschylus, Orestes is driven mad by the avenging Furies over his act of matricide, and eventually goes on trial in Athens. See more »


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Delicious Ravioli with Chorizo Western , being well co-produced by Italy and Spain
27 January 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Moving and dramatic Macaroni/Paella Western about a violent feud among sons , mother and her lover . Spanish-Italian co-production with Spaghetti-heroes as Leonard Mann , Peter Martell against Luciana Paluzzi and Albert De Mendoza . An Italian-Spanish co-production full of action , exaggerated characters, gun-play and lots of violence . In the beginning of the movie returning from Civil War , general Jose Carrasco (Jose Suarez) is double-crossed and takes place an ambush, in which is killed by his unscrupulous spouse Anna (Luciana Paluzzi) and her lover named Tomas (Alberto De Mendoza) . The sole survivor named Sebastian of a slaughter seeks vendetta . Years later, grown-up Sebastian (Leonard Mann) has become a magnificent and fast-hand gunman. One day Rafael (Prieto Martellanz or Peter Martell) goes back to Texas , where Sebastian resides , and brings back the terrible records of Sebastian's infancy . Rafael, who is the lover of Sebastian's sister Isabel (Pilar Velazquez), insistently chased by Anna Carrasco's hoodlums (Jose Riesgo, Piero Lulli), and Sebastian agrees to join him back to his mother's estate in order to rescue his sister from their mommy and to avenge his daddy's death . After suffering atrocity , both of whom execute a single-handedly revenge , they hit , ravage and kill each person involved in the massacre . Follows the exploits of Sebastian Carrasco and Rafael Garcia in SW usual theme, 'revenge' . For pleasure, for avenge, don't care why they kills or how . They are relentless in their vendetta , deadly in his violence . The conflict is simple one between two avengers and a Baron land with his hoodlums , oppressors, nasty bandits .

It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonists Leonard Mann , Peter Martell and the enemy , Alberto De Mendoza, and his underlings . Leonard Mann is fine, he ravages the screen, he shoots , hits and run and ultimately takes the law on his own hands . Alberto De Mendoza as a cruelly baddie role is terrific, subsequently he would play similar characters in various oaters . Furthermore, appears usual secondary actors from Italian/Spanish Western as Jose Suarez , Jose Riesgo ,Franco Pesce , Jose Luis Martin , Luciano Rossi ,Enzo Fiermonte , and several others. Brief appearance of future Spahetti secondary myth , Piero Lulli . The film blends violence, blood, tension, family drama , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing a shootout or stunt every few minutes . This is a good Spaghetti Western with some moments genuinely entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . The musician Roberto Pregadio composes a vibrant soundtrack in Morricone style and well conducted ; including a catching leitmotif and considered to be one of the best . Atmospheric scenario with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun and a fine sets with striking cinematography in Eastmancolor with negative regularly processed , being necessary a right remastering . Interior filmed in Elios Studios (Rome) and outdoor sequences filmed on location in Lacio (Rome) along with Almeria, where in the 60s and 70s were shot innumerable Spaghetti.

It's a Western freely based on famous Orestes myth . According to Pindar, the young Orestes (here played by Leonard Mann) was saved by his nurse Arsinoe or his sister Electra (here Pilar Velazquez) , who conveyed him out of the country when Clytemnestra (Luciana Paluzzi) wished to kill him. In the familiar theme of the hero's early eclipse and exile, he then escaped to Mount Parnassus . In his twentieth year, he was urged by Electra to return home and avenge his father's death. He returned home along with his friend Pylades (Peter Martell) . The same myth is told differently by Sophocles and Euripides in their Electra plays. Other Spaghetti based on known and classic novels and plays , are the following : ¨Johnny Hamlet¨(1968) by Enzo G Castellari ; ¨The return of Ringo¨ by Duccio Tessari inspired on the ¨Odyssey¨, ¨John Il Bastardo¨(1967) based on books from Zorrilla and Moliere ; ¨Fury of Johnny Kid¨by Gianni Puccini based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and ¨Anche Nel West Céra una Volta Dio ¨ (1968) by Marino Girolami¨based on ¨Island of treasure¨ by Robert Stevenson. The motion picture was compellingly directed by Ferdinando Baldi . Baldi was a craftsman who directed all kind genres but especially Western such as "Carambola's Philosophy: In the Right Pocket" , "Django, Prepare a Coffin" , ¨Adios Texas¨ , ¨Rita in the West¨ and of course this ¨Il Pistolero dell'Ave Maria" or USA original title) "Forgotten Pistolero".

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