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Matalo! (Kill Him) (1970)

¡Mátalo! (original title)
A gang rescues a criminal from the gallows to attach them and rob a stagecoach full of gold. When they get the loot, betray him and leave him dying in the middle of the desert. The band ... See full summary »

Director:

Cesare Canevari

Writers:

Mino Roli (story and screenplay), Nico Ducci (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Lou Castel ... Ray
Corrado Pani ... Burt
Antonio Salines Antonio Salines ... Ted
Luis Dávila ... Phil (as Luis Davila)
Claudia Gravy ... Mary
Ana María Noé ... Constance Benson
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo ... Baxter
Ana María Mendoza Ana María Mendoza ... Bridget (as Anamaria Mendoza)
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti
Mirella Pamphili ... Widow
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A gang rescues a criminal from the gallows to attach them and rob a stagecoach full of gold. When they get the loot, betray him and leave him dying in the middle of the desert. The band reaches a mysterious ghost town where they perceive that there is something strange about. They discover that there only lives a mysterious old woman, but they do not know is that a mysterious shadow lurks. Written by Rodhrbrv

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A character known as Professor James Rorke appeared in a short, deleted scene wherein he offers Lou Castel's character a meal of biscuits and gravy at the hotel. It can be found on the rare American edition of the DVD. See more »

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Remake of Kill the Wickeds (1967) See more »

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MATALO! (Cesare Canevari, 1970) ***
31 March 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This one emerges an outstanding, if eccentric, Spaghetti Western which certainly gives that notorious genre effort DJANGO, KILL...IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT! (1967) a run for its money in the weirdness stakes!

Though simply enough plotted - with the script itself admirably laconic - and effectively set (for the most part) in a ghost town, it's essentially a mood-piece: stylized to a fault, the film features virtuoso camera-work and bold editing throughout; still, the general tone - buoyed by the remarkable experimental electro-rock sounds created by one Mario Migliardi - is effortlessly hypnotic.

The cast is equally interesting: Spaghetti Western regular Lou Castel as the unlikely hero (who, admitting to be unskilled at handling guns, utilizes boomerangs for weaponry during the body-strewn climax!); Corrado Pani - surely one of the genre's most idiosyncratic villains - brings a topical, i.e. late 1960s, touch of hippiedom to the Old West (the film is, however, thankfully free of the politics which informed many latter-day similar efforts)! Incidentally, both these top-billed stars are off-screen for an inordinate length of time - thus allowing Claudia Gravy, the luscious female lead, to take centre-stage (no complaints there!).

Pani's sidekicks, then, are equally colorful: one is Gravy's current lover, who assumes leadership of the gang after Pani's untimely 'exit' early on, and the other a sadist who covets the girl (though she continually rejects his advances). In fact, for a film of its type, there's an unusual emphasis on sex here - as much to the fore, I'd say, as the violence...which is present in quite graphic fashion (the sadistic outlaw beats Castel repeatedly with a chain, but he later has his own hand trampled by horse's hooves!).

Regrettably, the film is only available on DVD in an English-dubbed version through Wild East; the fact that the original language is not included would normally be enough to dissuade me from acquiring it (in spite of an accompanying Lou Castel interview which ought to be interesting) - but my recent unhappy experience with Wild East's edition of another Spaghetti Western title, THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (1966), certainly doesn't help make a case for it...


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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 October 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill Him! See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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