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A Man Called Sledge (1970)

R | | Western | 9 June 1971 (USA)
In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

Directors:

Vic Morrow, Giorgio Gentili (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Luther Sledge
Dennis Weaver ... Erwin Ward
Claude Akins ... Hooker
John Marley ... the 'Old Man'
Laura Antonelli ... Ria
Wayde Preston ... Sheriff Ripley
Ken Clark ... Floyd
Tony Young ... Mallory
Allan Jones
Herman Reynoso Herman Reynoso ... Simms
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Red - Prison Guard
Didi Perego Didi Perego ... Elizabeth
Paola Barbara ... Jade
Mario Valgoi Mario Valgoi ... Beetle
Laura Betti ... Sister
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Storyline

Outlaw Luther Sledge and sidekick Mallory pull into the town of 3 W for an overnight stay. While Sledge heads upstairs to spend the night with long-time prostitute friend Ria and a bottle of rye, his sidekick Mallory enters a game of poker downstairs in the saloon. Frustrated with loosing their money to Mallory, two of the other gamblers shoot him dead. Alerted to the downstairs gunshot noise, Sledge descends in the saloon, pretending he's drunk, catches the two gamblers unprepared and shoots them dead. An old man who witnessed the shooting offers to serve as Sledge's witness and swear it was self-defense in case of an inquiry. The next day, Sledge leaves town to meet with the rest of his gang in the hills. He notices the old man from the saloon following him on horseback some distance away. Sledge stops the old man and asks him why he is following behind. The old man explains that he is not following Sledge but rather a convoy escorting a gold shipment. Interested, Sledge takes him ... Written by nufs68

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Savage. Ornery, Beautiful! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Western See more »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalucia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex · Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Garner [Maverick (1957)], Dennis Weaver [Gunsmoke (1955)], Wayde Preston [Colt .45 (1957)] and Tony Young [Gunslinger (1961)] were all television western stars in the late 1950s early 1960s. See more »

Goofs

When Sledge cocks his revolver to kill the old man the chamber is clearly empty, which doesn't stop him from shooting though. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: You're feelin' mean, 'cause you know that gold can't be taken, and you've seen it yourself. And I tell ya', if you try to take it, you're gonna' wind up dead, or in prison. And that's the closest you'll ever get to it, through six inches of steel. I know: I been closer to that gold INside, than any man OUTside. And I tell ya', it can't be taken.
Luther Sledge: [Reflects for a moment] Oh, yes it can! Yeeehaaw!
Luther Sledge: [Throws an empty whiskey bottle in the air and shoots it as it falls] I knew it, I knew it all the time...
[...]
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The Columbia Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »


Soundtracks

OTHER MEN'S GOLD
Lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Sung by Stefan Grossman
"Dino" Edizioni Musicali, Rome
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Definitely worth watching.
29 November 2007 | by spider89119See all my reviews

"A Man Called Sledge" is unique among the spaghetti westerns I have seen so far because it is the only one directed by an American. Vic Morrow must have been a big fan of spaghetti westerns himself, because he really got it right. It must have been a lot of fun for an American director to go to Spain and Italy to shoot an authentic spaghetti western back when the genre was still being pumped out.

I wasn't expecting much spaghetti style from this film because I knew it was by an American director with mainly American actors, but the movie really surprised me. It's nowhere near the very top of the spaghetti meter, but on the other hand you would never mistake this one for a Hollywood western. It's got Italian written all over it. The music score by Gianni Ferrio is quite good. A couple of parts sound a little too much like jazz for me, but most of it is well-suited for the genre, especially the tunes with vocals and over-the-top cheesy lyrics.

Don't let the fact that this movie is one of the later-era spaghetti westerns and has James Garner in it fool you into thinking it's one of those goofy comedy type of Euro-westerns. There are a couple of funny lines in the film, but overall it's very serious and tragic with plenty of violence and action. This is not a happy film at all, which is definitely a good thing in this case.

The production values and acting are above-average for a Eurowestern. James Garner and Dennis Weaver, both of whom have usually portrayed happy/funny do-gooders in American films and television shows, do an excellent job here in their roles as seriously bad people. Casting them for those parts was probably done for effect. It reminds me of how Leone used Henry Fonda as the evil character in Once Upon a Time in the West.

This is one that is definitely worth seeing if you are into Euro-westerns.


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