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Father Jackleg (1972)

Tedeum (original title)
PG | | Action, Comedy, Western | June 1974 (USA)
A con man inherits a gold mine. Knowing that his family are even bigger con artists than he is, he assumes the mine is worthless, and teams up with a partner in a scheme to unload it on ... See full summary »

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Tito Carpi, Giovanni Simonelli (story and screenplay) (as Gianni Simonelli) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Buck Santini
Giancarlo Prete ... Tedeum (as Timothy Brent)
Lionel Stander ... Stinky Manure
Francesca Romana Coluzzi Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Betty Brown
Mabel Karin Mabel Karin ... Wendy Brown
Eduardo Fajardo ... Grant
Riccardo Garrone ... Sheriff
Miguel Pedregosa Miguel Pedregosa
María Vico María Vico ... Ma Manure (as Maria Vico)
Rocco Lerro Rocco Lerro
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Rags Manure
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti ... Waiter
Karl Braun Karl Braun ... Miner
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Unlucky client of restaurant
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A con man inherits a gold mine. Knowing that his family are even bigger con artists than he is, he assumes the mine is worthless, and teams up with a partner in a scheme to unload it on some unsuspecting chumps. However, the other members of his family discover that the gold mine is actually worth a lot of money, and they set out to take it from him before he realizes what he has. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Silly slapstick euro-western, Terrance Hill-style
24 October 2002 | by tilapiaSee all my reviews

Early western entry by one of Italy's finest directors - Enzo G. Castellari. If you're expecting something epic, like his western masterpiece Keoma, have another thought coming: this is a goofy western comedy very much in the Terrance Hill/Bud Spencer territory. Being such a juvenile movie, i'm surprised that Castellari's next film High Crime would turn out so serious.

Young con man Tedeum inherits a gold mine, and knowing his con men relatives he's sure it's worthless. He teams up with a sleazy ex-con turned monk and tries to sell the worthless mine to some poor sucker. Soon his family finds out that the mine is real and full of gold: will they get to him before he sells the mine to the evil major and his henchmen?

Although no Trinity, the movie works fairly good. It looks pretty good, have some pretty funny characters and a really catchy theme song (I can't get it out of my mind!). The plot is really simple, but suits the lightweight comedy fine. The movie made me laugh a few times, even though I insist that its got waaay too much slapstick humor for its own good.

6/10


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