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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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When SLEDGE hits town it stays hit! 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 »

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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 »

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Ria: We didn't need the gold to be happy.
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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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Flat and Uninteresting a/k/a "Boring"
8 April 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

Although there are a lot of familiar "television" names associated with "A Man Called Sledge", there is nothing extraordinary about the film itself or about any of the performances. In fact, the only thing that distinguishes it from a 1960's-70's television series like "The Rat Patrol" is a bigger cast and a lot more violence.

James Garner is the biggest star and apparently thought he should try to break away from all the light comedy stuff he had been doing ("Maverick", "Support Your Local Sheriff"-"Gunfighter" etc.). Unfortunately his earthy likability works against him, as Sledge is a humorless character written to cash in on the popularity of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western character. But Eastwood's stuff was not this flat and uninteresting.

I suppose that "A Man Called Sledge" could be classified as a spaghetti western although the pacing is too slow to really fit that sub-genre. Fans of the slow-paced "Combat" television series will feel an instant connection as Vic Morrow directed the film and co-wrote the script with Frank Kowalski. Throw in some then trendy slow-mo shots and cross-dissolves, which call attention to themselves rather than serve a story-telling purpose.

The plot is the standard "big heist" thing (insert "The War Wagon" here) with Sledge plotting how to heist a $300,000 gold shipment. His gang includes Claude Akins and Dennis Weaver. The problem is that while on the move the shipment is guarded by 40 outriders and while stopped it is locked in a vault inside the territorial prison. I think there was an episode of "Alias Smith and Jones" with the same plot.

The story would make a decent hour of television but gets old very fast as a very padded feature length film. Garner does not allow any of his charm to leak into his characterization and the film does not generate enough suspense to hold a viewer's interest.

The thing finally crashes and burns shortly after the heist when the gang engages in a contrived and totally illogical card game.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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