Sunday, February 27, 2022

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Thunder Over El Paso”.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Thunder Over El Paso”. Directed by Robert Bianchi Montero, the film starred Antonio Sabato, Cris Avram and Erica Blanc. The film tells the story that in El Paso the outlaw Corbancho (José Jaspe) robs the local bank, for which a bounty of $15,000 is placed on his head. $400,000 is then robbed in Tucson: This robbery and the killing of the bank director, is blamed on Corbancho. Not everyone is of the same opinion, including the son of the murdered director, Roy MacFallow (Antnio Sabato), also called El Santo for the number of criminals he’s killed, and the bounty hunter known as Minnesota. The series of murders that are taking place between EI Paso and Tucson has also interested Barrett (Beny Deus), director of the banks together, his wife Jennifer (Erika Blanc) and Sheriff Sam Huston (Paul Stevens). Minnesota, having run up gambling debts equal to the bounty placed on Corbancho, accepting a partnership with Roy, who’s interested in discovering the murderer of his father. The suspect is disfigured by a scar on his neck and was the intermediary between Corbancho and unknown principals. Sheriff Sam, with his friends will further his investigation and imprison El Santo, however, he escapes with the help of a woman. This time the bounty hunter penetrates the lair and Corbancho and at the point of death, force him to reveal the names of the principals: Barrett, Jennifer, and a stranger. Tricking the couple, forcing them to run, along with Sam, to where the gold is hidden. The real culprits are eliminated and the gold is recovered, El Santo, satisfied for having recognized the murderer Sam 's father, Minnesota Killer says he always knew his true identity as he is an Agent of the Federal National Bank.


I senza Dio – Italian title

Yo los mato, tú cobras la recompensa – Spanish title
Il était une fois à El Paso – French title
Rache in El Paso – German title
Makrya ap' ton Theo – Greek title
Os sem Deus – Portuguese title
Minnesota Joe – Scandanavian title
Tuffingen fran El Paso – Swedish title
The Godless Ones – English title
Sentence of God – English title
Thunder Over El Paso – English title
A 1971 Italian, Spanish film co-production [Luis Film (Rome), Dauro Film (Madrid)]
Producers: Luigi Mondello, Roberto Capitani
Director: Robert Bianchi Montero
Story: Maurizio Pradeaux
Screenplay: Arpad de Riso, Antonio Fos, Maurizio Pradeaux
Cinematography: Alfonso Nieva [Eastmancolor]
Music: Carlo Savina
Running time: 88 minutes

Roy MacFallow ‘El Santo’ – Antonio Sabato
Jeff/Sam ‘Minnesota’ Lorregan – Chris Avram (Cristea Avram)
Janet/Jenny Barrett – Erika Blanc (Enrica Colombatto)
Sheriff Sam Hunter/Ware – Paul Stevens (Paolo Gozlino)

Deputy - Franco Pasquetto (Gianfranco Pasquetto)
Barrett - Beny Deus (Venancio Mejuto)
Sarita/Anne – Pilar Velázquez (Pilar Llorente)
Corbancho – José Rivas Jaspe (José Rivas)
Priest/brother – Enzo La Torre
Inmate – Antonio Padilla
Hotel employee – Nino Musco
With: Ken Wood (Giovanni Cianfriglia), Alessandro Perrella, Franco Marletta (Francesco Marlett), Victor Israel (Josép Villanova), José Canalejas, Renato Pinciroli


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