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A Long Ride from Hell (1968)

Vivo per la tua morte (original title)
R | | Western | 5 April 1968 (Italy)
Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.

Director:

Camillo Bazzoni (as Alex Burks)

Writers:

Gordon D. Shirreffs (from the novel "Judas Gun" by), Roberto Natale (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Mike Sturges
Wayde Preston ... Marlin Mayner
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Deputy Sheriff Harry (as Lee Burton)
Mimmo Palmara ... Sheriff Max Freeman (as Dick Palmer)
Silvana Venturelli ... Ruth Harper
Nello Pazzafini ... Bill Savage (as Ted Carter)
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Castleman
Enzo Fiermonte Enzo Fiermonte ... Baldy Morris
Aldo Sambrell ... Mexican Bounty Hunter
Rosalba Neri ... Encarnation
Silvana Bacci Silvana Bacci ... Naco Saloon Girl
Spartaco Conversi Spartaco Conversi ... Bobcat Bates
Mario Maranzana Mario Maranzana ... Naco Bartender
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Roy Sturges (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Mason
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Storyline

In Arizona, the Sturges family owns a horse ranch. On the way to the market, their horses are stolen by masked outlaws who also kill the ranch hands. One cowpoke survives and sounds the alarm at the Sturges ranch. Owner Mike Sturges and his younger brother Roy, accompanied by their foreman Bobcat Bates go after the murderous horse thieves. Unfortunately, they will run into a gang of train robbers who wait in ambush for the next train carrying gold from the nearby mines. Bobcat is killed and brothers Mike and Roy shot and left for dead near the spot where the train is ambushed. The next day, the sheriff, his posse and Southern Pacific agents find Mike and Roy laying wounded at the scene of the train robbery. It's assumed they are members of the train robbing gang. Despite their pleas, the sheriff and his men beat Mike and Roy and arrest them. Later, they are sentenced to years of hard labor at the quarry belonging to Yuma Territorial Prison. In prison, the treatment of inmates is harsh... Written by nufs68

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They turned a man into a wild beast thirsting for revenge! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 April 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Ride from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film Studios

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Production Co:

B.R.C. Produzione S.r.l. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 51188 delivered on 2 April 1968. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

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Substance over style
3 September 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

While this is one of the better "spaghetti westerns" from the 1960s, it is little known in this country despite the presence of Steve Reeves in the starring role. Reeves' looks and presence here indicate that he could have had a post-Hercules career in the movies and it's both sad and puzzling that this career never evolved.

The movie itself lacks the flamboyant, even operatic style one often associates with these westerns, but unlike some of its competitors, this has a solid, well-constructed script which effectively uses the "revenge" theme without any digressions or detours. By some standards, this movie might even be labeled "minimalist!"

There is one missed opportunity, however. Reeves spends an entire reel laboring on a rock pile in one of those primitive, scorching-hot desert prisons manned by sadistic guards who are quick to dish out brutal punishments. (One is reminded of "Hellgate" or "There Was a Crooked Man.") He sometimes works with his shirt off -- giving us a look at that glorious, suntanned, sweat-streaked torso -- and he's sometimes given a punch or a kick or a shove. However, there's no scene of Reeves being tied to a post and given a savage flogging across his bare back. Since Reeves had one of those born-to-be-whipped bodies, it's unfortunate the makers of this movie didn't take advantage of this resource.


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