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Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970)

Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 24 December 1970 (Italy)
Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sartana (as John Garko)
Sra. Belle Manassas (as Susan Scott)
Sheriff Jim Manassas
Piero Lulli ...
Grand Full
Bruno Corazzari ...
Sam Puttnam
Clay Slegger
Deputy Sheriff with Eye Patch
Franco Pesce ...
Plon Plon
Sal Borgese ...
Traitor (as Salvatore Borgese)
Director of Penitentiary
Lino Coletta ...
Sancho - Guard
Raffaele Di Mario ...
Gus - Guard
Fernando Bilbao ...
Monk's Henchman
Beatrice Pellegrino
Brizio Montinaro ...
Killer in Turkish Bath


Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch of other treacherous folks who include conniving widow Senora Manassas, shrewd fellow gunslinger Grand Full, and the vicious and unhinged General Monk are also looking to get their greedy hands on said fortune. Written by Woodyanders

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24 December 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Cloud of Dust... Cry of Death... Sartana Is Coming  »

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A Great Spaghetti Western, Arguably The Best Of The Sartana Series With Gianni Garko
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Giuliano Carnimeo's "Una Nuvola Di Polvere... Un Grido Di Morte... Arriva Sartana" aka. "Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming" is an excellent Spaghetti Western and arguably the best of the Sartana movies with Gianni Garko.

Sartana, the Italian Western's best dressed antihero, is often described as a kind of Spaghetti Western James Bond, which is very reasonable, since does not only have great style, but he uses lots gadgets and tricks . Much alike the fact that many films had 'Django' in their title after Sergio Corbucci's masterpiece "Django" of 1966, Sartana's name was used in quite a bunch of Spaghetti Westerns (not quite as often as Django was used), but none of these films ever came close to the original series with Gianni Garko.

In "Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming", Sartana (Garko) is on the hunt for half a million dollars in gold and 2 million dollars of counterfeit money. Sartana is not the only one who is keen on the gold, of course, a gunslinger named Grand Full (Piero Lulli), a beautiful but sneaky widow (Nieves Navarro) and the slightly insane General Monk (José Jaspe) are just three out of many folks who are after the gold.

The acting ins "Light In The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming" is great, especially Gianni Garko delivers a (once again) excellent performance as Sartana. Lovely Nieves Navarro is very convincing as Senora Manassas, a widow who is as crafty as she is beautiful, Spaghetti Western regular Piero Lulli is great as gunslinger Grand Full. The crazy General Monk played by José Jaspe is another great, typical Spaghetti Western character. The supporting cast furthermore contains actors like Bruno Corazzari, whom genre-fans should know for his performances in Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West" and Sergio Corbucci's "The Great Silence". Bruno Nicolai's score is excellent and makes the movie even better.

"Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming" is what a good Spaghetti Western should be like: A stylish movie with a very good plot, great actors, good gunplay, black humor and an excellent score, superbly photographed in great locations. All of the Sartana movies with Gianni Garko are very cool, fun Spaghetti Westerns, this one is arguably the best of the series. All said, "Light The Fuse... Sartana is Coming" is a great Spaghetti Western, and a must-see for every fan of the genre.

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