Thursday, January 26, 2012


Der letzte Ritt nach Santa Cruz – German title
La chevauchée vers Santa Cruz – French title
Ortiz le bandit – French title
I teleftaia efodos tis Santa Cruz – Greek title
La lunga strada della vendetta – Italian title
Ortiz il bandito – Italian title
El Sheriff implacable – Spanish title
The Last Ride to Santa Cruz – English title

A 1963 German, Austrian co-production [Magnet Film (Berlin), Wiener Stadthalle GmbH (Vienna)]
Producer: Heinz Pollak, Karl Spiehs
Director: Rolf Olsen
Story: Charles Sealsfield
Screenplay: Alex Berg (Herbert Reinecker)
Dialogue Otto Pischin [German], Herta Hareson [German]
Cinematography: Karl Löb [Eastmancolor, Ultrascope]
Music: Charly Niessen (Carl Niessen), Erwin Halletz
Running time: 95 minutes

Rex Kelly – Edmund Purdom
Pedro Ortiz – Mario Adorf
Elisabeth ‘Liz’ Kelly – Marianne Koch
José – Klaus Kinski
Juanita – Marisa Mell
Woody Johnson – Walter Giller
Carlos – Thomas Fritsch
Fernando – Sieghardt Rupp
Steve Kelly – Florian Kühne
Sheriff Henry – Edmund Hashim
John – Rolf Olsen
Deputy Sheriff – Dan Barry (Joaquín Gómez)
With: Kurt Nachmann, Martin Urtel

  Pedro Ortiz has been sitting in prison for the past ten robbery of a gold shipment. After his release he wants to raise the previously hidden loot and exact revenge on the sheriff who put him in jail. For the job he frees his cellmates, some very nasty criminals, and they begin the bloody trail of revenge. He finds that ex-Sheriff Rex Kelly now works in a bank. Ortiz kidnaps Kelly’s wife and son and keeps them hostage in a Santa Cruz mountain hideout. Kelly pursues the outlaws and there he faces a showdown between the two mortal enemies.



  1. This is a German-Austrian coproduction; French SNC was the distributor in France only.
    And I can't find anything about a "Leo Matzenni" (btw, "tz" is not a usual Italien combination of letters).

  2. ..ah,. I forgot: Karl Spiehs was producer for Wiener Stadthalle GmbH, Vienna.

  3. Corrections noted and changed. Thanks as always Fatman.