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Shango (1970)

Shango, la pistola infallibile (original title)
(1970) Anthony Steffen, Edjuardo Fajardo, Maurice Poli, Barbara Nelli, Andrea Scotti. Shango is a Texas Ranger who finds himself up against a former Confederate officer and his gang of ... See full summary »

Director:

Edoardo Mulargia (as Edward G. Muller)

Writers:

Edoardo Mulargia (story and screenplay), Anthony Steffen (story and screenplay) (as Antonio De Teffè)
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Steffen ... Shango
Eduardo Fajardo ... Maj. Droster
Maurice Poli ... Martinez
Barbara Nelli Barbara Nelli ... Consuela
Valerio Fioravanti ... Pedrito - Mexican Boy (as Giusva Fioravanti)
Attilio Dottesio ... Fernandez (as Attilio D'Ottesio)
Massimo Carocci Massimo Carocci ... Scott
Spartaco Conversi Spartaco Conversi ... Bragna
Liana Del Balzo Liana Del Balzo ... Taña
Angelo Dessy Angelo Dessy ... Pedro (as Angelo Dessj)
Adriana Giuffrè Adriana Giuffrè ... Rosalia
Franco Pesce Franco Pesce ... Manuel
Mirella Pamphili ... Marisol (as Mirella Pompili)
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Salvador
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Pamela
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(1970) Anthony Steffen, Edjuardo Fajardo, Maurice Poli, Barbara Nelli, Andrea Scotti. Shango is a Texas Ranger who finds himself up against a former Confederate officer and his gang of thugs who have been terrorizing a local border town in search of gold. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Western

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 March 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Shango See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 55747 delivered on 20-3-1970. See more »

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So-so Spaghetti Western , including passable action sequences with rousing attacks and high body-count
7 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a thrilling film , plenty action , thrills , fights , and starked outdoors from El Lacio , Rome and Cinecitta studios . The picture results to be entertainingly ordinary , but does not allow for the usual subtexts and undercurrents to develop that can make these flicks . This violent Western is set on dirty outdoors , woods and dark interiors , the star is a mysterious revenger , a Texas Ranger called Shango (Anthony Steffen) , who comes to avenge against nasty villainous . As Shango is a Texas Ranger who finds himself hanging at a cage , being subbsequently freed . Without memory , he gone back from a dark past to revenge and he encounters up against a former Confederate Major (Eduardo Fajardo) and his gang of thugs who have been terrorizing a local border town in search of gold . Furthermore , some Mexican bandits led by Martínez (Maurice Poli) trying to find gold . This sub-plot about gold seekers is adding with the previous dealing with former Confederate soldiers led by Major Droster (Eduardo Fajardo) terrorizing a Mexican town, while an ex-Texas Ranger, Shango (Anthony Steffen) tries to stop them . In that place there is a dangerous band led by a bandit called Crazy Joe (Fortunato Arena) and his hoodlums . While a gang of ex-Confederate soldiers and Mexicans bandits chase them . En route, the Texas Ranger executes a single-handedly revenge , as he shoots , ravages and kills each person involved in the killings of the peaceful Mexican peasants .

This Italian production contains action , crossfire , drama , treason , high body-count and it's fast moving , being entertaining and approaching increasingly the Spaghetti style , more than the American western and keeping some details that make it special in this particular Pasta genre . The basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . Steffen is appropriate in his usual two-fisted character , he ravages the screen , shoots , hits and runs . Generic and mostly entertaining western with focus on a Texas Ranger against nasty Mexican ones and Confederate rebels . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , such as in the final gunfights . The movie gets the usual Western issues , as avengers antiheroes , violent facing off , exaggerated baddies and spectacular duels , excessive zooms , among them . Good production design creating an atmospheric , but poor scenario , and fine , though rotten, sets . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . And developing a bloody and breathtaking showdown between the ordinary contenders , Steffen and his main enemy , Fajardo . Charismatic performance for all casting . The film is well starred by a frequent Spaghetti star . As it stars a mediocre actor , though here giving an acceptable acting , Anthony Steffen , as a Ranger that vows revenge against villains who have mistreated and killed Mexican people .This notorious Spaghetti actor , Anthony Steffen may be a name best remembered by Spaghetti Western aficionados, but in his day, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, Steffen was one of the most popular actors of the genre - at the time cheap B movies, now revered cult classics. The handsome, Italian-born - actually at the Brazilian embassy in Rome - Antonio Luiz de Teffè von Hoonholtz began working in films as a studio messenger for Vittorio De Sica . From there, Steffen began acting in sword-and-sandal epics, later moving onto the Western genre , where he found his niche . Unlike fellow Spaghetti star Clint Eastwood, however, Steffen never became a top international box-office attraction . His acting is often accused of being wooden, but in many manners is ideally suited to playing the steely-faced gunslinger synonymous with the genre . His others successes include features as ¨Seven Dollars to Kill¨, ¨The last Mohican¨, ¨Train for Durango¨, ¨Gentleman Jo¨ , ¨Four dollars for Django¨, ¨Shango¨, ¨Arizona colt¨, ¨Apocalypse Joe¨ and several others . Although Steffen's performance in the movie is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character as a revenger Texas Ranger who attempts to keep law and order . There appears as secondaries the habitual in Italian Western and Peplum , such as : Attilio Dottesio , Franco Pesce , Espartaco Conversi , Andrea Aureli , Petro Torrisi , Fortunato Arena ,among others .

The musician Di Stefano composes a nice soundtrack in Morricole style and well conducted . Striking cinematography by Gino Santini , though inappropriate sets , I miss the classic outdoors and settings from Almeria , Spain . This motion picture was well and professionally directed by Edoardo Mulargia , though with no originality , as it has a lot of flaws and failures . Edoardo Mulargia directed a lot of Spaghetti as ¨W Djianjo¨, ¨El Puro¨ , ¨Django Spara¨ , ¨ Cjamango¨ , ¨Shango¨ , ¨Vete con Dios , Gringo¨, most part starred by Robert Woods , Anthony Steffen or Eduardo Fajardo . Rating : 5.5/10 . Acceptable and passable Western that will appeal to Spaghetti fans .


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