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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

According to director Enzo G. Castellari, the role of George was written specifically for Woody Strode, who happened to be in Rome at the time the film was being cast. 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 »

Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) 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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Latter day Spaghetti Western shines in all departments...... apart from the soundtrack
21 March 2005 | by marc-366See all my reviews

Talk to most Spaghetti Western fans and they will declare Keoma to be one of the finest of the genre's movies, and probably the best of the latter day ones. However they will also most probably comment on the atrocious soundtrack, which does take some getting used to. I honestly believe that if this movie had been given the Morricone touch, it would be firmly cemented as a true Spaghetti classic, standing side by side with The Big Gundown, Face to Face and Bullet for the General.

Aside from Django, this is Franco Nero's best role. A half breed venger, riding into a town decimated by both the plague and a gang of racist ex-Confederates, which includes his three hateful "brothers" in their ranks. There are also fine turns by William Berger as Keoma's adopted father Shannon, and Woody Strode as Keoma's childhood hero turned drunk, George.

As always, Castellari has injected true class into this film, with slow motion shootouts, effective flashbacks and clever camera tricks. This film is a true fitting end to the Spaghetti hay day, which had begun to loose its charm due to the ever increasing stupidity of the comedy westerns. The only negative aspect is that wretched soundtrack. Oh where was Morricone when we really needed him?


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