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Dead Aim (1971)

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A traveling gravedigger during an (unspecified) war adopts a orphan he finds alone in the desert. After the war with the orphan grown and business slow, the orphan begins to generate ... See full summary »

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(as José Antonio Balanos)

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(as José Antonio Balanos), (as Pedro Miret) | 1 more credit »
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Glen Lee ... Johnny
Venetia Vianello ... Kelly
... John Applebee
... Poggin
... Lucius
Sonny Vandeusen ... Sonny (as Granville van Deusen)
Barbara Angely ... Sara
Carlos East ... Deek
Jorge Russek ... District Commisioner (as George Russek)
Tony Monaco ... Prison Wagon Driver
Billy Joe Rouck ... Prisoner (as Billy Joe Roucke)
Eduardo Bonada ... Townsman
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A traveling gravedigger during an (unspecified) war adopts a orphan he finds alone in the desert. After the war with the orphan grown and business slow, the orphan begins to generate business himself by shooting people. The orphan wants to make one big score by robbing a bank but the gravedigger resists. Their dream is to open a fancy funeral parlor and cemetery. The orphan becomes obsessed with a prostitute he saw who was later abandoned by her outlaw partner after a robbery attempt on a gold wagon goes bad. He eventually leaves the gravedigger to find her. Written by Greg Schwager

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16 October 1975 (Mexico)  »

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Final film of James Westerfield. See more »

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The man whom finds the baby almost bite by a rattler, says he has to give his mom a proper burial since she's dead, but when it cuts to him burying her with a shovel, you can clearly see she's still breathing, as the actress' breath is raising the sand up and down with her chest. See more »

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Featured in Western Outlaws: 50 Movie MegaPack (2016) See more »

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Strange western...
31 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love westerns, so I'm always excited when I come across one I haven't seen before. When I came across "Dead Aim", I was more pumped than usual because this was a Mexican western - I haven't seen that many movies from Mexico, and I was interested to see if it was a fresh spin on the genre. Well, it was... but in a *very* strange way. A lot of it is surreal - you can obviously see the influence of another Mexican western - "El Topo" on this movie, because there are several similar images and themes present. Also, this movie has a lot of atmosphere, with every scene coming across in a creepy or haunting fashion. But ultimately, the movie does not work - there are far too many unanswered questions from the very beginning to the ending. Still, I'll admit that I am glad I saw this movie, because it's unlike any other western I've seen. If you do decide to watch it, try to find a widescreen version, since the pan-and-scan print I saw is very awkward at times.


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