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Death Played the Flute (1972)

Lo ammazzò come un cane... ma lui rideva ancora (original title)
Nick Barton returns home to his ranch and finds his family massacred by outlaws, only his daughter Suzy, who was raped, survived. Vowing revenge, he sets out to hunt down the killers.

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Angelo Pannacciò (as Mark Welles)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Forest ... Nick Barton (as Michael Forrest)
Giuseppe Cardillo Giuseppe Cardillo ... Kimble (as Steven Tedd)
Susanna Levi Susanna Levi ... Suzy Barton
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli ... Simon (as Chet Davis)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Ramson
Benito Pacifico Benito Pacifico ... Outlaw (as Benito Pacifici)
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Lassiter (as Giovanni Petti)
Michele Branca Michele Branca ... Outlaw
Anna Bacchi Anna Bacchi
Italo Guitto Italo Guitto
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini
Ivi D'Annunzio Ivi D'Annunzio
Alceste Bogart Alceste Bogart
Michele Borelli Michele Borelli
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Nick Barton returns home to his ranch and finds his family massacred by outlaws, only his daughter Suzy, who was raped, survived. Vowing revenge, he sets out to hunt down the killers.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 January 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Played the Flute See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Re-released in 1978 under the title Porno Erotic Western, with added hardcore sex inserts. See more »

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A rare and little known gem from the spaghetti western genre
15 August 2005 | by marc-366See all my reviews

This is an extremely entertaining film from a director (Angelo Pannaccio) and cast that I know very little about.

Burton (Michael Forest) returns to his ranch to find his family have been raped and murdered by a gang of cattle rustlers, with his daughter Susie the only survivor. Vowing revenge, Burton soon encounters a lone gunslinger, known as Whistler on account of his flute playing, who indicates that he saw the faces of the culprits. Burton does not realise that Whistler was part of the gang that night, and agrees to pay him to help him track down the murderers. The gunslinger has his own agenda, and agrees to Burton's proposal.

The two start to track down the gang, but Burton soon becomes suspicious once Whistler starts to kill the gang members before they can talk.

This is a very dark film throughout, with the grim scene set right from the outset as the gang graphically attack the family ranch. The movie's black theme is suitably set by its compelling guitar driven soundtrack, with its quirks owing as much to the horror film industry as it does to the Italian western.

At times the editing leaves much to be desired, but lets face it that can be quite an expected (and somehow appealing) trademark of the spaghetti western genre. It certainly doesn't detract from the feel and mood of the film.

The character of the flute playing Whistler is a very interesting one. Despite his prowess with the gun (and of course the flute!) he always seems to demonstrate a level of vulnerability. And on the English soundtrack rarely speaks without a nervous laugh.

In summary, this film is gripping throughout, with its dark and bitter mood continuing until its great climax. It is not a movie that I had previously heard of, and in such cases I am usually dubious as to the likely quality. However, this turned out to be a really pleasant surprise, with a compelling yet grim and downbeat feel. For those searching for a hidden gem, I would definitely recommend it as a film to try and unearth.


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