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The Silent Stranger (1968)

Lo straniero di silenzio (original title)
PG | | Western | 20 June 1975 (USA)
An American gunfighter is tasked with delivering a valuable scroll to a feudal lord in Japan, and becomes embroiled in a feud between the lord and his rival cousin over ownership of land owed to a young princess in their care.

Director:

Luigi Vanzi (as Vance Lewis)

Writers:

Vincenzo Cerami (screenplay), Giancarlo Ferrando (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tony Anthony ... The Stranger
Lloyd Battista ... The American
Hitoshi Ômae Hitoshi Ômae ... Lord Motori (as Kin Omae)
Kanji Ohara Kanji Ohara ... Koeta
Rita Maura Rita Maura ... Princess Otaka (as Kita Mura)
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Koeta's Henchman (as Sato)
Yoshio Nukano Yoshio Nukano ... Motori Samurai
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Storyline

An American gunfighter is tasked with delivering a valuable scroll to a feudal lord in Japan, and becomes embroiled in a feud between the lord and his rival cousin over ownership of land owed to a young princess in their care.

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Taglines:

A secret scroll leads the stranger halfway 'round the world, and into the middle of a brutal war. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Thanks to a dispute between producer Allen Klein and MGM, the film was shelved and did not open in the U.S. until 1975, seven years after it was produced. See more »

Goofs

The Stranger ask to be paid for the scroll in Ryo in 1884 Japan. Ryo was abolished as being use as a currency unit in Japan after the Meiji Restoration of 1871 and replaced by the Yen. See more »

Connections

Follows The Stranger Returns (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

My God How the Money Rolls In
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged and sung by Tony Anthony
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A strange Western in the quirky '60s style that is so Italian
11 March 2000 | by bluegermSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time today. THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY it isn't....neither was it as bad as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE or the incredibly boring ISHTAR. Instead STRANGER was somehow strangely appealing in that quirky 'spaghetti western' style so well-known in films like TRINITY and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. The lead actor was nearly silent throughout, the Japanese ran around waving samurai swords and behaving unintelligibly, but I found the bizarre juxtaposition of a gunfighter in Shogunate Japan truly interesting.

I'd watch it again.....


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Country:

Italy | Japan | USA

Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horseman and the Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut 1968)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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