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Keoma (1976)

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A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

George Eastman (story) (as Luigi Montefiori), Mino Roli (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Keoma Shannon
William Berger ... William Shannon
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Liza Farrow
Orso Maria Guerrini ... Butch Shannon
Gabriella Giacobbe Gabriella Giacobbe ... The Witch
Antonio Marsina ... Lenny Shannon
Joshua Sinclair ... Sam Shannon (as John Loffredo)
Donald O'Brien ... Caldwell (as Donald O'Brian)
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Doctor (as Leon Lenoir)
Wolfango Soldati Wolfango Soldati ... Confederate Soldier
Victoria Zinny ... Brothel Owner
Alfio Caltabiano Alfio Caltabiano ... Member of Caldwell's Gang
Woody Strode ... George
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Storyline

Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell, an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make matters worse, Keoma's three half-brothers have joined forces with Caldwell, and make it painfully clear that his return is an unwelcome one. Determined to break Caldwell and his brothers' grip on the town, Keoma partners with his father's former ranch hand to exact violent revenge. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

a Man who is free never dies

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

25 November 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Keoma: The Avenger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Uranos Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in eight weeks. See more »

Quotes

[commandeering the townspeople's medicine]
Confederate Soldier: This land belongs to Mr. Caldwell, along with everything that's on it. Now, you had to pay for the water... and now you gotta pay for the medicines.
[laughs]
Keoma: Hey! I'll pay this time.
Confederate Soldier: How much you willing to pay?
Keoma: Four cents.
Confederate Soldier: Four cents? Four cents is mighty little.
Keoma: The price of four bullets.
[Keoma counts off the members of Caldwell's gang on his fingers]
Keoma: One, two, three, and four.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

British video versions cut 4 seconds of a horse fall due to the BBFC's policy concerning animal treatment. Current video versions are rated 12 but when first released it was rated X (equal to 18) uncut. See more »

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Followed by The Fourth Horseman See more »

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Keoma
(uncredited)
Music by Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis
Lyrics by Susan Duncan Smith and Cesare De Natale
Performed by 'Sibyl Amarilli Mostert' and Cesare De Natale (as Sybil & Guy)
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Half-breed this, half-breed that.
4 June 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A half-breed Indian Keoma returns back to his hometown after fighting in the Civil War, and finds his town is being run by an ex-Confederate soldier Caldwell and his outlaws. He holds power over the town by letting the plague infect the inhabitants, and since he won't let any sort of treatment be transported in. He sets up a community for those infected, and this where Keoma rescues a pregnant woman on her way there and returns her back to town. His three half-brothers have joined Caldwell, and I don't think that highly of their brother's return. But loyalty to their father, they won't kill him. His father William Shannon and former family servant/only friend George eventually join Keoma to break the strangle hold Caldwell possess.

Whoa! How good? Real good. Director Enzo G. Castellari's grand looking and interesting spaghetti western comes across as a powerful and beautifully constructed Greek tragedy with a cynical and almost psychological edge bound to it. There's a bit everything chucked into this passionate and intelligent exercise. Breathing high on mood and atmosphere, photographer Aiace Parolin exquisitely frames the mercilessly brooding locations and Castellari's stylishly first-rate direction keeps the film sombre with a brutally unsparing and dirt-laced tone in its dramatic images and context. Good use of abstract lighting and composition, he knows how to keep the viewer at bay with slam-bang set pieces towards the end and a downbeat undercurrent. Inventive framing and exposition also shows the quality of his direction. The glorious slow-motion shootouts and editing technique (ala Sam Peckinpah) are dazzling and how about the constant jumping or leaping in the air. Was there a hidden trampoline on set?! Everything about it held a nice rhythm to it and you just get swept along. Even the flashback sequences are positioned in the story accordingly and in a fulfilling style. The lyrical story is full of symbolic and thematic issues (freedom being the main focal point) that do pack a punch, but also showing a vulnerable side. This gave it a real singular vibe to set it apart from the crowd. Hell, I didn't mind the uncanny and soaring ballad soundtrack too. The way it actually interlocked with the film's sequences, I thought it gave the film some soul and a backbone (well other than always charismatically reliable Nero). A rugged Franco Nero was outstanding. Both mentally and psychically in his scrappy determination and seldom figure Keoma. The impressively committed Woody Strode was excellent. William Berger brought class, and Olga Karlatos decently balanced out an innocent side that really was moving. Donald O'Brien nails it down in a starch turn as the villainous Caldwell.


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