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Diamante Lobo (1976)

A priest and his twin brother take turns defending a small town from the vicious Clayton gang.

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Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)

Writers:

John Fonseca (screenplay), Gianfranco Parolini (screenplay) (as Frank Kramer)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Van Cleef ... Father John / Lewis
Jack Palance ... Sam Clayton
Richard Boone ... The Sheriff
Sybil Danning ... Jenny
Leif Garrett ... Johnny
Robert Lipton ... Jess Clayton
Cody Palance Cody Palance ... Zeke Clayton
Ian Sander Ian Sander ... Red Clayton
Pnina Rosenblum ... Chesty (as Pnina Golan)
Zila Carni Zila Carni ... Juanita Lewis
Heinz Bernard Heinz Bernard ... Judge Barrett
Didi Lukov Didi Lukov ... Rip
Ricardo David Ricardo David ... Angel George
Chin Chin Chin Chin ... Willy
Rafi Ben Ami Rafi Ben Ami ... Mortimer
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Storyline

Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Palance), who killed a man in a local bar. On the gang's return to the town, they kill the priest, leaving a young parishioner Johnny behind. He now seeks revenge for the death of the holy man. Written by James Dingsdale

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Israel

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

God's Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In May 1976 Richard Boone told an interviewer, "I'm starring in the worst picture ever made. The producer is an Israeli and the director is Italian, and they don't speak. Fortunately it doesn't matter, because the director is deaf in both ears." See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, when the Clayton gang rides into Crane City to rob the bank, there's a barn to the right of the bank with the sign 'JC McCormick, Blacksmithing, Wagon Repairing' with a large wagon wheel in the center. Later in the movie, when Lewis describes his past to young Johnny, there's a flashback scene to Abilene. Outside the Abilene Gambling Hall, right across the street, there's a barn with the same sign! See more »

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Jenny: You bastard!
Sam Clayton: Me?
[Laughs]
Sam Clayton: come on!
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Campy & quirky Israeli Western with Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Sybil Danning & Leif Garrett
4 September 2016 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1976-77, "God's Gun" is a Matzo Ball Western about a preacher (Lee Van Cleef) who chases down a band of outlaws (led by Jack Palance) to apprehend a murderer. After the thugs get revenge the preacher's spiritual son (Leif Garrett) teams-up with the one person who can set things aright. Sybil Danning co-stars as a saloon girl and Richard Boone has a minor role.

This Hebraic Western is stylized with a Spaghetti flavor, but is badly executed. I could never get a grip on the tone the filmmakers were shooting for. Is it semi-camp? Semi-parody? It's obviously not something to take too seriously, but sometimes the viewer's evidently supposed to. Since you can't take the story seriously it prevents you from caring about the events of the story and thus it's boring.

Thankfully, there are some highlights. For one, it was shot in Israel, which is unique for a Western. Secondly, there are a few stunning women, including Sybil Danning when she was around 23 and an uncredited saloon babe named Jessie. Thirdly, it's got Jack Palance and Lee Van Cleef; two Western icons. And, fourthly, Leif Garrett is surprisingly good at around 13 years-old.

But the confused tone and relative dullness do it in.

The film runs 94 minutes.

GRADE: Borderline D+/C- (3.5/10 Stars)


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