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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.

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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 ... 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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Soundtracks

OTHER MEN'S GOLD
Lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Sung by Stefan Grossman
"Dino" Edizioni Musicali, Rome
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The Vidiot Reviews...
15 June 2015 | by capone666See all my reviews

A Man Called Sledge

The main proponent of laxed prison sentences is always the man who prints the Wanted Posters.

Mind you, the outlaw in this Western doesn't need any likeness to land him in jail – just the promise of untold riches.

Tipped off to a regular gold shipment that is locked up overnight at the nearby prison, notorious bandit Luther Sledge (James Garner) rounds up his gang (Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins) and plots to purloin the bullion by getting himself apprehended.

Incarcerated, Sledge frees the inmates and escapes with the booty during the melee.

However, infighting amongst Sledge's men over the gold during a poker game results in bloodshed, and the kidnapping of Sledge's prostitute girlfriend.

An unorthodox Western thanks to its substantial Italian influence, A Man Called Sledge features a refreshing departure from the affable gunslinger characters that Garner usually played.

Furthermore, pioneer prisons were notoriously ineffective on account of their sod roofs.

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