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Viva! Django (1971)

W Django! (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 29 September 1971 (Italy)
Django is on the trail of some renegade outlaws who raped and killed his wife. En route, he rescues a horse thief from an impromptu hanging. He discovers the man knows who committed the murder. The men team up and head west for revenge.


Edoardo Mulargia (as Edward G. Muller)


Nino Stresa (screenplay), Nino Stresa (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steffen ... Django
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... Jeff
Glauco Onorato ... Carranza
Chris Avram ... Capitano Gomez (as Cris Avram)
Donato Castellaneta Donato Castellaneta ... Paco
Esmeralda Barros Esmeralda Barros ... Lola
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Ibanez
Simonetta Vitelli ... Inez (as Simone Blondel)
Riccardo Pizzuti ... Thompson
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella ... Frate
Paolo Figlia Paolo Figlia
Attilio Severini Attilio Severini
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Jeff Henchman
Gilberto Galimberti Gilberto Galimberti
Remo Capitani Remo Capitani ... Sam


Django is on the trail of some renegade outlaws who raped and killed his wife. En route, he rescues a horse thief from an impromptu hanging. He discovers the man knows who committed the murder. The men team up and head west for revenge.

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29 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Villa Mussolini, Roma, Italy

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 58750 delivered on 19-8-1971. See more »


Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

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Acceptable Spaghetti Western with Anthony Steffen in his ordinary role as a gunfighter who seeks vengeance against wife's killers
1 April 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Ravioli¨ Western with two top-of -the range ¨Macaroni¨ players as Anthony Steffen and Chris Avram . Italian production full of action , exaggerated characters , shootouts and lots of violence . A good example of Latino western genre from Italy . For money, for pleasure, for revenge, he doesn't care why he kills or how . Django (Anthony Steffen) is on the trail of some renegade outlaws who raped and killed his spouse . En route, he saves a horse thief named Carranza (Stelio Candeli) from an impromptu hanging . He learns the man knows who committed the killing , as three bandits named Jeff (Chris Avram) , Ibanez (Benito Stefanelli) and Thompson (Riccardo Pizzuti) . The two men team up and head west for vendetta . Django goes out to avenge his wife battling murderous and executes a single-handedly revenge , as he shoots , ravages and kills each person involved in the killing .

This meaty Western contains an interesting but well known plot , violence , shoot'em up and results to be quite entertaining , though drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . This moving Spaghetti packs noisy action , thrills , drama with exciting final . Ordinary Spaghetti Western follows the Sergio Leone wake and it is proceeded in violent style . The film packs violence , shootouts , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking confrontation between the protagonist Anthony Steffen against the heartless Chris Avram , Riccardo Pizzuti and his underlings . Anthony Steffen is fine , he ravages the screen , hit and run and kills . This movie is a lot of fun to watch . It's an acceptable story with a touch of peculiarity , some particular characters, and an amazing music score . The picture is a tale of justice and revenge, as a man returns home , a border little town and looks for vendetta against the wife's killers . The basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . This is an exciting film, plenty action , thrills, fights , gun-down and breathtaking outdoors from Lacio , Rome , and interiors in Elios Studios . In the picture appears Spaghetti habitual secondaries playing brief interventions such as Riccardo Pizzuti : ordinary in Terence Hill-Spencer movies , Giovanni Cianfriglia or Ken Wood as a henchman , Benito Stefanelli , Fortunato Arena and Simone Blondell : Demofilo Fidani's daughter , known as the Italian Ed Wood . The notorious Spaghetti actor , Anthony Steffen is good in his usual tough role . The pic is well starred by Anthony Steffen-Antonio De Teffe- , he began playing secondary roles into typical examples of popular Italian films of the late 50s as sword and sandal epics, comedies, adventures and was with spaghetti westerns that renamed achieved worldwide stardom . photo) 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 well liked 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 .

There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes. There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the final gunfights and the customary showdown conclusion . The movie gets the usual Western issues, such as avenger antiheroes , violent facing off , exaggerated baddies, soundtrack with Morricone influence , among them . The sense of pacing is such that his film can be counted on to move quickly and smoothly . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors, dirty and rocky landscapes under a shinning sun and fine sets . Good cinematography by Marcello Masciocchi , including a nice remastering . Great musical score by Piero Umiliani , furthermore a catching and emotive leitmotif . This motion picture was well and professionally directed by Edoardo Mulargia though with no originality. Edoardo Mulargia directed a lot of Spaghetti as ¨W Djianjo¨, ¨El Puro¨ , ¨Django Spara¨ Cjamngo¨ , ¨Shango¨ , ¨Vete con Dios , Gringo¨, most part starred by Robert Woods or Anthony Steffen . Rating : 6. Acceptable and passable Western that will appeal to Spaghetti fans .

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