Monday, March 23, 2009

AMEN


La sfida dei MacKenna – Italian title
Un dollaro e una tomba – Italian title
Le defi des MacKenna – French title
Un dólar y una tumba – Spanish title
Vendetta al’Ouest – Spanish title
Ein Dollar ein grab und zwei Ave Maria – German title
Mannen utan förflutet – Swedish title
A Dollar and a Grave – English title
Challenge of the MacKennas – English title
Challenge of McKenna – English title
Badlands Drifter – USA title
Amen – USA title

A 1969 Italian, Spanish co-production [Filmar Compagnia Cinematografica (Rome), Atlántida Film (Madrid)]
Producer: José Frade
Director: León Klimovsky
Story: Antonio Viader
Screenplay: Antonio Viader, Edoardo Mulargia, Pedro Gil Paradela, León Klimovsky
Cinematography: Francisco Sánchez Munoz [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Song: “Amen” sung by Carmen
Running time: 101 minutes

Cast:
Jones/Jonas MacKenna/McKenna - John Ireland
Chris - Robert Woods
Barbara - Daniela Giordana
Don Diego - Roberto Camardiel (Roberto Escudero)
Maggie - Pam Stevenson (Annabelle Incontrera)
Ed - Mariano Vidal Molina
Doctor - Sergio Mendizábal (Hermengildo Mendizábal)
with: Ken Wood (Giovanni Cianfriglia), José Antonio López, Nando Poggi (Ferdinando Poggi), Attilio Dottesio, Angelo Dessy (Angelo Desideri), Sergio Colasanti

Jonas MacKenna, a former priest, becomes embroiled in the drama raging between a Mexican rancher, his unhappy daughter and psychotic son while dealing with his own issues of guilt and a loss of faith. A new relationship with the local brothel keeper seems to offer a fresh start but the rancher and his son are set on making him pay for his interference and his own inner demons are never far away.



2 comments:

  1. Robert Woods told me that John Ireland had the U.S. rights to this film was responsible for a re-edited version featuring different opening music. Under the title AMEN, it played on L.A.'s KABC-TV. Not too long after that, the original version, under the title CHALLENGE OF MACKENNA played on the USA cable network.

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