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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

Franco Nero's long hair is a wig. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Keoma: He can't die. And you know why? Because he's free. And man who's free never dies.
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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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Referenced in The Irredeemables (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Keoma
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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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An unfairly scorned and mocked movie
13 July 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

I know I'll have to comment this movie on a future occasion,but,for now,I want to state at least some things about it."Keoma" is a very mocked movie,even scorned,despised.Nero might have seemed to look somehow ridiculous,with his long hair and big hat;but he's not.The score could have sound ridiculous.But it does not.Various rigmaroles have been told about this unique,respectable and ambitious film which is thought by some to be ...religious.It's not.

The story of a halfbreed,a half-Indian,"Keoma" is a powerful and accomplished movie.It gets even at the poetry of the innocent happiness,although for only a few moments (Nero riding across the hilly country,once he has rescued Mrs.Karlatos for the second time). The photography is fine.

Does "Keoma" lack humor?No,because it's not supposed to have any. "Keoma" is one of Nero's best performances (he was the coolest in "Django" ,"L'Uomo,...",and,above all,in" Texas, ...").As for Strode,this is perhaps his finest part. Castellari complained about the lyrics of the soundtrack and said he doesn't like it (because of the lyrics,I guess).Well,I have found the music good enough.The whole movie is,obviously,an essay,and doesn't deserve the harshness of many unfair critics.OK,the music could be improved;but,as it is,it's not shameful,it's not bad.Let's not make too much out of that music!

Castellari has also made a good vigilante movie with Franco Nero ,in '74 ("Il Cittadino...").

Nero has made (only) 14 westerns,in 36 years.Judging by his roles in "Texas,..." and "L'uomo...",he is one of the greatest actors that ever honored the Westerns' sets with their talent."Keoma" is his 11th. Western.

Men like Margheriti,Castellari,Baldi,Fulci,Bazzoni,and many others,are for the European cinema what I. Allen,Siegel,Peckinpah,Aldrich,are for the American one.

In a future comment,I'll discuss "Keoma" more in detail.


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