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Dig Your Grave Friend... Sabata's Coming (1971)

Abre tu fosa amigo... llega Sabata (original title)
Steve McGowan returns from the Civil War, finds his father has been killed by a greedy landowner. MdGowan vows revenge. In the process, he falls in love with the landowner's fiancée.


Juan Bosch (as John Wood)


Ignacio F. Iquino (screenplay) (as Steve McCoy), Ignacio F. Iquino (story) (as Steve McCoy) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harrison ... Steve McGowan
Fernando Sancho ... León Pompero
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Sabata
Alejandro Ulloa ... Miller
Gaspar 'Indio' González Gaspar 'Indio' González ... Todd (as Indio González)
Luis Induni ... Sheriff
Gustavo Re ... George McGowan
Tania Alvarado Tania Alvarado ... Helen
Fernando Rubio Fernando Rubio ... Miguel
Francisco Jarque Francisco Jarque ... Cochero (as Jarque Zurbano)
Tomás Torres Tomás Torres ... Tatum
Luis Oar Luis Oar ... Tendero
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Telegrafista
Carlos Ronda Carlos Ronda ... Viajero
Joaquín Blanco ... Murdy


Steve McGowan returns from the Civil War, finds his father has been killed by a greedy landowner. MdGowan vows revenge. In the process, he falls in love with the landowner's fiancée.

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Spain | Italy



Release Date:

2 April 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dig Your Grave Friend... Sabata's Coming See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Richard Harrison appears in four bare-chest scenes, including a bondage scene. Raf Baldassarre appears in two bare-chest scenes, including a bathtub scene. See more »


Sheriff: [to Steve McGowan] You'll end up by dancing on the end of a rope.
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Referenced in 800 balas (2002) See more »

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Okay spaghetti western
30 January 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The spaghetti western character of Sabata wasn't ripped off as much as Django, but it did happen several times, this western being one of them. Although Sabata is named in the title, surprisingly he is not the central character of the movie - he's a supporting character. Also, he is made to be a villain, not a heroic character. Most of the movie is focused on the characters played by Richard Harrison and Fernando Sancho. The two actors have some good chemistry together, and also manage to deliver a considerable amount of light comic relief, which is welcome. There is a significant problem with the movie, and that is that the middle section of the movie moves at a crawl, with little done to advance the story. But if you are patient, the movie ends up being an okay spaghetti western.

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