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Dust in the Sun (1972)

Dans la poussière du soleil (original title)
In the dry, dusty western hamlet of San Angelo, landowner Joe Bradford kills his brother and then marries his brother's widow, Gertie. Gertie's son, Hawk, decides that something's rotten in... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Balducci

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schell ... Gertie Bradford
Bob Cunningham Bob Cunningham ... Joe Bradford
Daniel Beretta ... Hawk Bradford
Karin Meier Karin Meier ... Maria Edwards
José Calvo José Calvo ... The Great Goldoni (as Pepe Calvo)
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Sheriff Edwards
Perla Cristal ... Saloon Owner
Manolo Otero Manolo Otero ... Ken (as Manuel Otero)
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Swann
Marisa Porcel
Gerome Jeffrys Gerome Jeffrys ... Crack (as Jerome Jeffreys)
Jacques Anton Jacques Anton ... Flynt (as Jack Anton)
Odile Astie Odile Astie ... La paysanne
André Thévenet André Thévenet ... Monky
Henry Bydon Henry Bydon
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In the dry, dusty western hamlet of San Angelo, landowner Joe Bradford kills his brother and then marries his brother's widow, Gertie. Gertie's son, Hawk, decides that something's rotten in this state of affairs and thinks about taking action Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 March 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust in the Sun See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Les Meurtriers
Music by Francis Lai
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Hamlet done as a western
14 July 2006 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

There are a number of obvious parallels to the "Hamlet" story here: the murder of the observer behind the arras, the company of actors who perform a play specially altered for the occasion; Ophelia floating in the water, etc. Even without a knowledge of Shakespeare, however, the viewer may enjoy this slightly-off-beat western because of the way it concentrates its action in a limited area and because of its focus on a relatively small number of characters. Be forewarned, there are flashes of female nudity of the buns-and-boobs variety.

The "Hamlet" character is presented as a mute who's regarded by others as being good-looking but not too bright. He seems to have only one line of spoken dialog and that occurs at the 74-minute mark. Maria Schell, the sole "name" in the cast, doesn't have much to do as a black-haired Gertrude. Acting honors go to Bob Cunningham as the "Claudius" character. He's not handsome but he has "presence" and he almost oozes with testosterone. And yes, he does have a bare-chest scene. On the other hand, Daniel Beretta is a tad wimpy, even by standards of the Hamlet character, and he's not as good looking as the dialog about him would indicate.

The music score's credited to, of all people, Francis Lai.

Note: on some videotapes, the on-screen title for this production is "In the Dust of the Sun."


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