Thursday, April 30, 2020

Django Defies Sartana 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Django Defies Sartana”. The film, directed by Pasquale Squitieri under the alias William Redford and starring Tony Kendall and George Ardisson tells the story of Django's brother Steve works for a bank and has a way with the ladies. Steve is framed for a bank robbery and lynched despite the valiant efforts of the sheriff. Supposedly Sartana was Steve's accomplice and when Django arrives in town and informed of the situation he goes in search of Sartana. After a fierce fistfight they are made aware of the truth and decide to join forces and exact revenge against the guilty party, the owner of the bank Singer. To keep Django and Sartana at bay Singer's taken his own niece hostage. This only adds to their cause to rescue the girl and bring Singer to justice.

Django sfida Sartana – Italian title
Savuavat revolverit – Finnish title
Django défie Sartana – French title
O Django prokalei ton Sartana – Greek title
Django desafia a Sartana – Spanish title
El gran desafio de Django y Sartana – Spanish title
Django utmanar Sartana – Swedish title
Rykande Revolvrar – Swedish title
Omuz Muza – Turkish title
Django Against Sartana – English title
Django Challenges Sartana – English title
Django Defies Sartana – English title

A 1970 Italian film production [Atlas Cinematografica, B.C.R. (Rome)]
Producer: Roberto Bessi
Director: William Redford (Pasquale Squitieri)
Story: William Redford (Pasquale Squitieri)
Screenplay: William Redford (Pasquale Squitieri)
Cinematography: Eugenio Bentivoglio [Telecolor]
Music: Piero Umiliani
     Song: “They Call Him Django” sung by John Balfour (John Ireson)
Running time: 89 minutes

Django - Tony Kendall (Luciano Stella)
Sartana - George Ardisson (Giorgio Ardisson)
Loco/Il Muto - José Torres (José Medina)
Huston - José Jaspe (José Rivas)
Steve – John Alvar (John Monreal)
Juan Corvo/Crow - Doro Corrà (Teodoro Corrà)
Philip Singer - Bernard Faber (Bernard Farber)
Maria - Tania Alvarado
Singer’s niece - Adler Gray
Killer - Pasquale Squitieri
Sheriff - Fulvio Mingozzi
Bandit - Fortunato Arena
Boxer - Petar Martinovitch
Singer henchmen - Salvatore Billa, Augusto Pesarini (Augusto Pescarini), Rick Boyd (Federico
Maria’s landlady - Anna Maria Perego
Saloon girl - Mirella Pamphili
Rowdy townsman - Freddy Ungar (Goffredo Unger)
With: Claudio Trionfi

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