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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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Trivia

The story line of the film was mostly improvised at the same time as the film was made. The original story treatment was written by Luigi Montefiori (aka George Eastman) and turned into a script by Mino Roli and Nico Ducci, but director Enzo G. Castellari didn't like what had been written by the latter two. Because of problems with the schedule, Castellari and actor Joshua Sinclair wrote the script for the next day every evening after filming of the day. Castellari was also open to suggestions from the cast and crew - Franco Nero has confirmed that he wrote some of his own dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Keoma: Pa. What was it all about.
William Shannon: What?
Keoma: The war. I never could figure it out.
William Shannon: The war. Im not sure I know. I figure after we got through slaughtering all those Indians, we thought we ought to do somethin'... generous. So we gave freedom to the black man. Now we feel good, we can go back to... finish off the Indians.
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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 »

Connections

References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

In Front of My Desperation
(uncredited)
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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Classic Spaghetti Western plenty of action , shootouts and violence
3 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An ex-soldier mestizo named Keoma (Franco Nero's long hair is a wig) helps a pregnant (Olga Karlatos) from cutthroats . Keoma (the word/name Keoma means freedom) returns to a small town after the Civil War . The ghastly village is ruled by violent outlaw gangs (led by Donald O'Brien) , along with the Keoma's three brothers . Half-breed Keoma is helped by an alcoholic old man (Woody Strode) and his adoptive father (William Berger). The bandits leader prohibits the inhabitants leave from damned little town besieged by pest .

This twilight spaghetti Western packs a decrepit aesthetic , racist denounce and innovating scenarios set in Elios studios by designer production Carlo Simi , Sergio Leone's habitual . There is full of action in the movie , guaranteeing fist-play , stunts and shootouts every few minutes in Sam Peckimpah style . Franco Nero is cool , he bears a remarkable physical resemblance to JesusChrist , he helps a hapless pregnant and is crucified in a symbolic sequence . Interesting and thought-provoking screenplay by Luigi Montefiori or George Eastman who starred numerous Westerns . The plot of the film was mostly improvised same time the film was made , but director Enzo G. Castellari didn't like the original story . Because of problems with Schedule , they written script for next day every evening after filming of the day . It appears usual Spaghetti western secondaries, such as William Berger , Ken Wood, Robert Dell'Acqua and Ricardo Pizzuti . Sensitive , perceptible musical score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis with an emotive atmosphere nearly to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs . The picture was well produced by Manolo Bolognini , usual Italian Western producer : 'Django¨, ¨Goodbye Texas¨ , ¨Boot Hill¨ , ¨Gunman of Ave Maria¨ and ¨California¨. Director Enzo G. Castellari has stated that out of all the films he has directed, Keoma is his personal favorite . Followed by a sequel titled 'Jonathan of the bears'(1994) again with Franco Nero and director Enzo G. Castellari, being shot in Russia and including notable reminiscences with 'Dances with wolves', but the film failed at box office . Keoma was the 'swang song 'of Spaghetti because made not much after and resulted to be the 'coup of grace' of Italian Western.


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