Friday, September 3, 2021

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Return of Sabata”

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Return of Sabata”. Directed by Gianfranco Parolini as Frank Kramer and starring Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini,
Pedro Sanchez, and Annabella Incontrera.

Sabata (Van Cleef), a former Confederate army officer and steely eyed, quick-drawing, impossibly accurate gunman with a trick gun, is working for a travelling circus as a stunt marksman. The circus comes to a small Texas town, where a former subordinate officer, a lieutenant, Clyde, (Schöne) from the army is running a crooked casino. The man owes Sabata $5,000 from some time ago. Then the circus manager (Franco Fantasia) runs off with the circus funds, so Sabata decides to stay in town and try to collect on the debt from his friend. Sabata then runs into conflict with the town's land baron, McIntock, (Albertini) who imposes high taxes on gambling, drinking and prostitution with the supposed idea of building the town up, using the money. Sabata, who is after the money himself, finds out that the townspeople's money in McIntock's safe is counterfeit and that he and the priest (Giuseppe Castellano) have hidden it elsewhere, in the form of gold coins. After a few attempts on his life and many badmen dying under his guns, Sabata and the lieutenant are apparently killed so McIntock goes for the money, only to find them both still alive. Sabata is helped throughout by his friends; the acrobat (Vassili Karis), his partner (Nick Jordan) and a fat, pompous man named Bronco, (Pedro Sanchez) who is anything but what he seems.

È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta – Italian title

Il ritorno Sabata – Italian title
Le retour de Sabata – French title
Die Rückkehr von Sabata – German title
Sabata kehrt zurück – German title
O Retorno de Sabata – Brazilian title
Sabatan paluu – Finnish title
I epistrofi tou Sabata – Greek title
Isten veled Sabata (Sabata visszatér) – Hungarian title
Powrot Sabaty – Polish title
O regress de Sabata – Portuguese title
Texas 1870 – Spanish title
El retorn de Sabata – Spanish title
Sabatas återkomst – Swedish title
Sabata dönüyor – Turkish title
Povratak Sabate – Yugoslavian title
Return of Sabata – English title

A 1971 Italian, French, West German film co-production [PEA (Rome), Les Productions

     Artistes Associés (Paris), Artemis Film (Miunich)]

Producer: Alberto Grimaldi
Director: Frank Kramer (Gianfranco Parolini)
Story: Renato Izzo, Gianfranco Parolini
Screenplay: Renato Izzo, Gianfranco Parolini
Cinematography: Sandro Mancori [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Marcello Giombini
Running time: 106 minutes
Sabata/major – Lee Van Cleef (Clarence Van Cleef, Jr.)
Clyde/lieutenant – Reiner Schöne
Joe McIntock – Giampiero Albertini
Bronco – Pedro Sanchez (Ignazio Spalla)
Maggie – Annabella Incontrera
Jackie McIntock – Jacqueline Alexandre
Angel – Nick Jordan (Aldo Canti)
Bionda – Vassili Karis (Vassili Karamesinis)
Donovan – Steffen Zacharias
Sheriff – John Bartha (János Barta)
Higgins – Gérard Boucaron
Blond Irishman – Vittorio Fanfoni
Jeremy Sweeney – Gianni Rizzo
Saloon owner – Fortunato Arena
Saloon girls – Sylvia Alba, Ilenna Rigano, Pia Giancaro (Maria Giamporcaro), Lina

Boy – Stefano Amato
Priest – Giuseppe Castellano
McIntock henchmen – Bruno Arié, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Federico Boido, Augusto

     Funari, Claudio Ruffini, Attilio Severini, Pietro Torrisi, Bruno Ukmar, Annibal

     Venturi, Federico Boido, Salvatore Billa
Organist – Attilio Dottesio
Bouncer – Benito Vasconi
Ferdy – Claudio Ruffini
Duel judge – John P. Dulaney
Circus owner/judge – Franco Fantasia
Circus performers – Gilbert Galimberti, Mimmo Maggio (Vincenzo Maggio), Luciano Rossi (Luciano Romano)

Circus judge – Günther Stoll
Clowns – Gianfranco Parolini, Barbara Hevelone
Townsmen – Alberto Dell’Acqua, Roberto Messina, Franco Pasquetto (Gianfranco Pasquetto), Ettore Arena

Saloon patrons – Elio Angelucci, Alfonso Sarlo

Casino patron – Franz Colangeli
Croupier – Attilio Pelegatti
Gambler – Oscar Sciamanna, Vincenzo De Palo
Braddock Brothers - Gennarino Pappagalli, Jean Louis, Gennario Pappagalli
Duel spectator – Giulio Baraghini
With: Carmelo Reale, Dante Cona, Hershel Kerrona, Miguel Vascez, Ernesto Hayes, Armando Bottin, Nestor Cavaricci

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