Thursday, April 16, 2009

ANY GUN CAN PLAY


Vado…l’ammazzo e torno – Italian title
Vou, Mato E Volto - Brazilian title
300.000 $ - Finnish title
La mort en retour – French title
Je vais…je tire…et je reviens – French title
Voy, lo mato y vuelvo – Spanish title
Que nadie quede vivo – Mexican title
Leg’ ihn um, Django! – German title
Glory, Glory Hallelujah – German title
Pago com plombo – Mexican title
O último fica vivo – Portuguese title
Skjut först - änglarna betalar – Swedish title
Framlingen – Swedish title
Idem… ubijamga I vracam se – Yugoslavian title
Blood River – U.K. title
I’ll Go… I’ll Kill Him, and Come Back – English title
For A Few Bullets More – English title
Go Kill and Come Back – English title
Any Gun Can Play – USA title

A 1967 Italian production [Fida Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producer: Edmondo Amati
Director: Enzo G. Castellari (Enzo Girolami)
Story: Sauro Scavolini, Romolo Guerriari (Romolo Girolami)
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Giovanni Simonelli, Enzo G. Castellari (Enzo Girolami), John
Hart
Cinematography: Gianni Bergamini [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Songs: “Stranger”, “Come Mai” sung by Raoul
Running time: 105 minutes

Cast:
Clayton - Edd Byrnes (Edward Breitenberger)
The Stranger/Bounty Hunter/Django - George Hilton (Jorge Lara)
Monetero - Gilbert Roland (Luis de Alonso)
Wapa/Marisol - Kareen O’Hara (Stefania Caredu)
Bahundo/Pajondo - Pedro Sanchez (Ignazio Spalla)
Lawrence Backman - Gérard Herter (Gerhard Haerter)
Quinto - Guglielmo Spoletini
captain - Ivan Staccioli (Ivano Staccioli)
sergeant - Marco Mariani
Paco - Rick Piper (Riccardo Pizzuti)
Jose Huerta - José Torres
Conchetta - Adriana Giuffrè
Pablo - Rodolfo Valadier
Samson - Arnaldo Fabrizio
Bahunda henchman - Gonzalo Esquiroz
Monetero’s henchmen - Rocco Lero, José Yepes (José Cardo)
prison guard - Sal Borgese
townsman - Claudio Ruffini
with Valentino Macchi

This film starts with one of the most ingenious beginnings of the genre. Three men are shown riding into a deserted town. Obviously they are look-alikes for The Man with No Name, Colonel Mortimer and Django. They come across an undertaker carrying three coffins. A lone pallbearer follows the wagon. When the Mortimer clone asks who they are the Stranger names the three men on horseback and then guns them down. He then states, “Now it’s your turn Monitero”. The undertaker asks if he thinks he thinks he’s fast enough to take on the famous outlaw, he replies, “Faster. You can bet your last dollar on it.” The film then cuts to a train robbery by Monitero while a young banker rides inside the train. When the gold is stolen the film follows a familiar pattern of protagonists searching for gold, double-crossing one another and a high body count. The three main characters continually change allegiances and get the upper hand only to be thwarted by fellow outlaws, mysterious insurance investigators and each other. A great De Masi score holds the whole film together and it’s quite enjoyable.




This was Hilton’s first major Spaghetti Western and one of his best. Like Terence Hill, Hilton would fall into the trap of making comedic westerns and although he was very good I feel he was cut out to be a dramatic western hero and should have stayed in that type of role.


You Tube link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRrLvqpyl4o&feature=related

7 comments:

  1. Biltmore: Also, don't think Macchi played Charro. It was a spanish actor that played the part.

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  2. Biltmore: Blondito, I don't think Arnaldo played Samson here. Can you post a few comparison photos of him?

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  3. I'll remove Macchi as Charro.

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  4. Hi, Tom:
    The correct portuguese title it's the secomd one: O ÚLTIMO FICA VIVO, the other one VOU, MATO E VOLTO it's one of brazilian titles...
    All the best

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  5. The animosity that some people have towards THEY CALL ME TRINITY is what I feel towards this movie. It introduced a new selfconsciousness to Italian Westerns - where they not only commented on American Westerns, but on other Italian Westerns. But I saw it five times in the theater anyway because the music was great.

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  6. Thanks Antonio, titles corrected.

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  7. Biltmore, I've posted a picture of Arnaldo. His nickname was "Little Sampson" so I do believe that it is him.

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