Sunday, November 29, 2009


Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte – Italian title
Los desesperdados – Spanish title
A vingança é minha – Brazilian title
Desperado il man omatuntoa – Finnish title
Kosto veressä – Finnish title
Les quatre deperdados – French title
Um sie war der Hauch des Todes – German title
Oi desperados – Greek title
Oi Ektelestai tis Avgis – Greek title
Homens em Fúria - Portuguese title
Revansch – Swedish title
6 desperados – Swedish title
Those Desperate Men Who Smell of Dirt and Death – English title
Blood for Blood – English title
A Bloody Job – English title
Vengeance is Mine – U.K. title
The Desperate Men – U.K. title
A Bullet for Sandoval – USA title

A 1969 Italian, Spanish co-production [Leone Film, Daiano Film (Rome), Atlántida Film
Producers: Elio Scardamaglia, Ugo Guerra
Director: Julio Buchs (Julio Garcia)
Story: Julio Buchs Garcia, Federico De Urrutia, José Luis Martínez Mollá
Screenplay: Julio Buchs Garcia, Federico De Urrutia, Ugo Guerra, José Luis Martínez
Cinematography: Francisco Sempere [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Gianni Ferrio (Giovanni Ferrio)
Running time: 108 minutes

Corporal John Warner - George Hilton (Jorge Lara)
Don Pedro Sandoval - Ernest Borgnine (Ermes Borgnino)
Lucky Boy - Alberto de Mendoza
Friar/ Father Converso - Leo Anchóriz (Leopardo Fustel)
Sam PauL - Antonio Pica (Antonio Serrano)
Francisco Gonzales Sandoval - Manuel Miranda
Guadalupano - Gustavo Rojo (Gustavo Pinto)
Morton - Andrea Aureli
José Gonzales Sandoval - Manuel de Blas (Manuel Munoz)
Carol Day - Annabella Incontrera
Guerico/Will/”The Only One Eye”/Johnny One Eye - José Manuel Martin (José Perez)
General Jackson - George Rigaud (Pedro Delissetche)
Texibal - Mary Paz Pondal
Captain Parker - Vidal Molina (Mariano Molina)
Confederate General - Andrés Mejuto (Severino Mejuto)
Captain Parker - Antonio Molina
Confederate Corporal - Lorenzo Robledo
stage station patron - Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso Gonzalez)
stage station patron’s wife - Tota Alba (Dolores Alba)
Sandoval henchman - Alfonso de la Vega
Mexican rancher - Tito Garcia (Pablo Gonzalez)
Mexican foreman - Luis Barboo
Mestizo - Dan van Husen (Daniel van Husen)
Pablo Gonzales Sandoval - Jesús Aristu
Mexican Governor - José Guardiola
Mexican Colonel - Fernando Sanchez Polack
Senator - Alfredo San Tacruz (Alfredo Santa Cruz)
soldiers - Claudio Trionfi, Adalberto Rossetti
with; Charly Bravo (Ramon Bravo), José Riesgo (José Cortina), Rafael Hernandez (Esteban Herrero)

During the final months of the American Civil War, a Confederate soldier, John Warner, deserts his post when he recieves word his girlfriend Rosa, is about to deliver their son. When he and two fellow deserters arrive at their home village they find it is suffering from a Cholera epidemic. Warner makes it to Don Pedro Sandoval's hacienda but is thrown out with his newborn son after finding out Rosa has died of Cholera. Travelling on he picks up a band of followers but they are turned away everywhere they go because of the Cholera until his son dies of starvation. Warner now raises a gang of outlaws and seeks revenge on Sandoval and all who refused his son food. Sandoval and Warner finally meet at a bullring where they have a knife duel but Sandoval is gored to death by a bull. Warner and the gang are trapped in the middle of the bullring by a garrison of Mexican soldiers and executed in a scene reminiscent of the end of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Too bad Hilton didn't pursuse more dramatic westerns instead of turning to comic ones as he's an excellent anti-hero.

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  1. Hi Tom,can you tell me what copy(vhs,dvd.etc)
    run at 108 minutes,as the South African VHS
    copy run at 98 min
    Llewellyn H.(Cape Town)

  2. Anonymous - The 108 minute time was taken from 'Dizionario Del Western All'Italiana' by Marco Giusti page 405. He lists 100 minutes as the length of the film released in the U.K. The longest time I can find on video or DVD is 91 minutes.

    Antonio - Thanks for the Portuguese title it's been added to the post.

  3. Just saw it on ENCORE westerns at 90 or so m. Fullscreen. Hilton is indeed terrific in a straight dramatic role and as avenger.