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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.

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Enzo G. Castellari

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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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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:

Desperado 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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Quotes

The Witch: Why did you come back?
Keoma: The world keeps going around and around. So you always end up in the same place.
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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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In Front of My Desperation
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Music by Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis
Lyrics by Susan Duncan Smith and Cesare De Natale
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Guy)
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A Man Who Is Free Never Dies
20 October 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the American Civil War, the half-breed Keoma (Franco Nero) returns to his homeland and rescues a beautiful pregnant woman accused of having plague, Lisa (Olga Karlatos), from a gang leaded by the landlord Caldwell (Donald O'Brian). Later he meets his former slave servant and friend George (Woody Strode), now a drunk free man, and his father, William Shannon (William Berger), and he is informed that the town is under siege of Caldwell's men, without supplies of medicine or food and justice, with the dweller dying of plague and starvation and sick people is being isolated in an old mine. Further, his three dangerous half-brothers have joined Caldwell's force. Keoma decides to help Lisa and the dwellers to retrieve their freedom and dignity, and he finds how despicable the inhabitants are.

The unknown western "Keoma" was a great surprise for me. Although predictable, the story is great, disclosing the relationship of Keoma with his brothers and father through his recollections from his childhood, and does not have a happy commercial end. Franco Nero is amazing in the role of a lonely half-Indian with a great sense of justice and freedom, love and loyalty to his father and regret and resentment to his half-brothers. The direction and cinematography are excellent, with a fantastic choreography of the fights, set decoration and costumes: in the dusty, windy and dirty city, the men's clothes (and themselves) are very dirty, and not like in most of Hollywood movies, where the cowboys wear very clean clothes. There is a particular scene that I believe is unique in the cinema, when Keoma promises four bullets for four hit men, and while bending his four fingers, we see each of his targets. The annoying soundtrack, although having the good intention of creating a narrative of the feelings of the characters, is the only negative aspect in this movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Keoma"


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