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SPAGHETTI WESTERNS

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KILLER CALIBER 32 (1967)-Beautiful letterboxed print.  Directed by Alfonso Brescia, starring PETER LEE LAWRENCE,  HELENE CHANEL,  Agnes Spaak, Alberto Dell'Aqua. Stylish CULT SW from top italian director Alfonso Brescia focuses on the thrilling adventures of Hired Contract killer Silver  (Peter Lee Lawrence), a man with style/speed. Excellent support comes from the beautiful Helene Chanel and Agnes Spaak. Super cool Silver kills the seven members of a masked gang, one by one. Saloon girls and poker games enliven this action-packed movie which culminates in the unmasking of the evil gang's boss.

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EL MACHO (1977)-Letterboxed print. This is El Macho aka:Macho Killers a Rare Spaghetti Western from 1977 staring George Hilton and Carlos Monson. It is directed by Marcello Andrei who is credited as Mark Andrew. The score is by Marcello Romoino. This is one of the Last of Spaghetti Westerns. This film is most memorable because of the over the top character Hildago, The Duke played by Hilton. A story of double-crossing intrigue. In The film  El Macho (Monson) infiltrates The Dukes gang and tries to recover stolen loot.

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BASTARDS GO AND KILL CHACO! (1971)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. 

Director: Gino Mangini, Writer: Sergio Garrone. Stars: George Eastman, Lincoln Tate, Antonella Steni. Extremely RARE western starring George Eastman. Chaco, a Mexican on the run from just about everyone, is framed for the killing of a couple of Mexican cattlemen. Everyone knows he's innocent but the evidence is substantial. Chaco escapes and with the help of a bounty hunter, goes after the real murderers.

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7 HOURS OF GUNFIRE (1965)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Expatriate Rick Van Nutter (Thunderball's Felix Leiter) stars as Buffalo Bill Cody in this revisionist spaghetti western which does, indeed, feature the phoniest Native Americans this side of an Old Shatterhand picture. He teams up with Wild Bill Hickock (the great Adrian Hoven) and Calamity Jane (Gloria Milland) in an effort to bring peace and multiculturalism to the American Midwest circa 1860. The action is plentiful and the history specious, not to mention rendered even more fantastical by the Italian language dubbing.

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A PLACE CALLED GLORY CITY (1965)-Letterboxed print. German made western starring Lex Barker, Pierre Brice and Marianne Koch. Every year the town of Glory celebrates its founding with a gunfight between the two fastest gunmen in the West. The participants are to be Deakes and Brenner, but plans change when a drifter named Reece announces that he has killed Deakes. He agrees to take Deakes' place in the fight, but the men behind the celebration decide to keep the substitution a secret.

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COLT IN THE HAND OF THE DEVIL (1972)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. rare Spaghetti western directed bt Gianfranco Baldanello and starring Robert Woods and William Berger, this is the longer uncut print (10 extra scenes and 7 extra minutes!). The movie begins at a prison camp in the desert. Jeremy Scott saves Roy Koster (Robert Woods) from the bullet of an angry warden. Scott dies soon afterwards, but with his last dying breath, he reveals the name of the place he came from: Silvertown. Koster, after his release from the camp, decides to visit Silvertown and see the family of Scott. However, he finds the town to be rather hostile, even the relatives of the deceased. Nobody wants to speak to him, the only one who does is hanged and Koster begins to suspect that Scott was innocent, thus the truth about the deed he was sentenced for is still hidden. The town is ruled by Warner (George Wang) and his gunmen, and when Koster starts investigating, he quickly makes a lot of enemies...

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LAW OF VIOLENCE (1969)-Letterboxed print. Jack Sparrow has done a couple of years in jail for a crime he didn't commit and now is back at Red Rock with its intention to retaliate. The sheriff who arrested immediately ends badly and, in its place, Jack puts the mild-mannered Chris. This is because Jack has intentions of exploitation towards peaceful town. Eventually Chris takes courage and confronts him. Directed by Gianni Crea and starring Giorgio Ceroni, Angel Aranda, and Igli Varrani.

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GUNFIGHT AT HIGH  NOON (1964)-Beautiful letterboxed print of this extremely well done early Spaghetti western. El Sabor de la venganza (1963) is perhaps the best of the Pre-Leone euro-westerns, one of the best "Spanish westerns," and Joaquin Marchent's best western. Genre fans looking for something similar to the Dollar's films often overlook and under-rate what is a very well made b-western that foreshadows the later Gothic family westerns like El Pistolero dell'Ave Maria (1969). El Sabor de la venganza at first glance appears to have more in common with American westerns than later euro-westerns that, it at first seems, have been more completely translated by the filmmakers to their own historical and cultural perspectives. Ortolani's score is certainly based on American examples and is not nearly as inventive as that in other euro-westerns. Also, though the movie doesn't have the same sly ironies that the genre is well known for it's sincere enjoyment and indulgence in western conventions is very much in line with the self-consciousness of the genre. The long quasi-documentary rodeo sequence in the middle of the movie, complete with a Rio Bravo (1959)-style cowboy song sung over it, is a great example of this. This sequence, following a well put together montage about the brothers each living their separate lives, may annoy some viewers, but I think that it provides a good bridge between the two halves of the movie, streamlining and focusing attention on the pivotal moments in the plot.

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RIO MALDITO (1966)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. A bunch of bandits cause all kinds of trouble in a town, but they meet their match with the arrival of a young gunfighter (Dan Harrison) - the son of a man they'd framed and summarily executed - who's determined to get rid of them. They frame the son for killing a gambler; he clears his name with the help of a travelling dentist (Gérard Landry). Produced by Ignacio F. Iquino, directed by future erotica director Juan Xiol, who took over the helm after the intended director Miguel Iglesias left the project due to discrepancies with Iquino. According to Iglesias, he was "stupid enough" to leave his own script behind which is not credited to him in the final film. Filmed on location in Castelldefels, Barcelona. Actor Dan Harrison got so angry with Iquino that he left the set and went straight to Barcelona without saying anything. His scenes were completed by a double.

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THE GOLDEN SHERIFF (1966)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Osvaldo Civirani, Cast: Luigi Giuliani, Guglielmo Lo Vecchio, Mario Lanfranchi. e story of a unscrupulous marshal who holds up a gold shipment, an intelligent and attractive lady who robs the robbers and a band of outlaws who, in turn, manage to rob her. The marshal of El Paso finally puts a stop to the wheeling and dealing and returns the gold to its rightful owners.

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5 FOR REVENGE (1966)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Starring Guy Madison, Monica Randall, and Mariano Molina. This is a very good Italian western with a decent cast and enough suspense to keep the viewer involved to the very end, and oh what a great ending it is! The music is very good and definitely appropriate for a spaghetti western (lots of guitar, whistling, some trumpets). I especially like the sound of the blaring guitar note that repeats while the five vengeance seekers are tied up and baking in the sun. Closer to the end of the film we are treated to some cool zoom shots and great music as the adversaries face each other in the street. It's great, dramatic spaghetti style action. The characters look a bit too clean cut for a spaghetti western, but the rest makes up for it. People that like revenge stories will love the part where a slow painful death is gleefully delivered to a rapist as his victim watches. Great stuff!

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CRY OF DEATH (1968)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. AKA LYNCHING. Directed by Alfonso Brescia and starring Glenn Saxson, Gordon Mitchell, and Renato Baldini. The fight between farmers and animals breeders, causing lots of death, is manipulated by a shady customer who's trying to take possession of the lands. Two brave and able federal marshal will clear away all the evil troublemakers, giving back order and peace to the locals.

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QUINTO FIGHTING PROUD (1969)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Directed by Leon Klimovsky and starring Steven Tedd, German Cobos, and Sarah Ross. Quinto: non ammazzare is a low budget spaghetti western by experienced director Leon Klimovsky who is probably best known for horror flicks like "The Werewolf's Shadow". Surprisingly, "Quinto" does not follow the typical paths of the European western wave around 1969. It lacks both the sarcasm and the Eastwood type of antihero. Instead, this movie is almost entirely set in a lonely stagecoach station in a desert, thus this "indoors western" has much in common with a theatre play. Several bandits arrive at the station. The old station-master, a young man who helps in the kitchen and a couple of women become their captives. The bunch of rogues hides at the station because they committed a bank robbery - but the money is gone. All of them had worn the same kind of mask and one of them must have taken the money, but who? The bandits begin to accuse each other of hiding the stolen money and soon the killing begins...Good performances by Raf Baldassarre, Roberto Camardiel as the station-master and Sarah Ross as Kate, the female member of the gang.

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LONG DAY OF THE MASSACRE (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. At last! One of the rarest spaghetti westerns finally makes its appearance. Peter Martell and Glenn Saxon star in this standard spaghetti western directed by Alberto Cardone under the pseudonym "Albert Cardiff." Manuel Servano and Daniela Giordano also appear in what seems to be a typical tale of revenge and justice, culminating in the massacre of the title. When sheriff Joe Williams (Martell) is unjustly accused of the murder of a young couple, which was in reality committed by the Mexican "La Muerte", Joe becomes a wanted man. Joe manages to steal and hide the loot from a bank robbery committed by the Mexican gang, but then is captured by them, but the new sheriff (Saxson), Joe's friend, is on their trail. Michele Lacarenza composed the soundtrack, and skilled cinematographer Aldo Greci provided the visuals.

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TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME (1971)-Letterboxed print. yes I know this film is easily available here, HOWEVER IT'S MISSING 10 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE! This uncut 126 minute version also looks beautiful as well. The sequel to THEY CALL ME TRINITY, this reunites Terence Hill and Bud Spencer (and brings along the beautiful Yanti Sommer as well). A couple of two-bit thieving brothers try and keep a promise to their dying father: stick together and become successful outlaws. Bambino reluctantly agrees to show younger Trinity the ropes, but their gentle demeanors tend to diminish their haul by repeatedly helping the selfsame family they initially held up. Fun ensues in town and at the local Spanish mission where they are taken for federal agents, mistakenly so identified by Trinity's young love interest, daughter of the aforementioned family.

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DUEL IN THE ECLIPSE (1967)-FINALLY A LETTERBOXED PRINT! Gringo is a notorious gunfighter. After his brother is tortured and killed by bandits, Gringo joins the group to eliminate them one by one from the inside! A nice looking and somewhat offbeat movie starring Lang Jeffries with Femi Benussi, Fernando Sancho, Carlo Gaddi, Rubén Rojo, Aldo Sambrell .A unique Euro-western with the hero as an astrologist who wears a leopard suit. Sure, there’s a revenge theme, but overall this is a different brand of spaghetti. It’s very moody and feels like a Euro-horror film in spots. All in all an amazing film!

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VENDETTA AT DAWN (1971)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Young George returns to his brother Jonathan's farm and marries his fiancé Lory. But happiness doesn't last long: The Fargas brothers provide a bloodbath at the ranch and kill George's brother and wife. They are able to divert suspicion from themselves but nevertheless they can't run from George. LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT Spaghetti Western style! Directed by Sergio Garrone and starring Ty Hardin, George Eastman, Leo Widmark and Lee Burton and superstar scumbags Nello Pazzafini and Bruno Corrazini.

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WRATH OF GOD (1969)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. A man’s fiancée is murdered and his savings are stolen. The culprits only left him 7 dollars. The man is determined to take one dollar to each of the seven men responsible, and sets out on a relentless quest for vengeance. Directed by Alberto Cardone and starring Brett Halsey, Fernando Sancho and Wayde Preston.

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30 WINCHESTERS FOR EL DIABLO (1965)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. "This Man Can't Die" director Gianfranco Baldanello's Spaghetti western "30 Winchesters for El Diablo" ranks as an entertaining frontier yarn about a mysterious straight-shooting stranger and the eponymous Mexican bandit who rides roughshod over the border town of Canyon City with his army of trigger-happy pistoleros. Baldanello directs this oater—actually his first film at the helm—with a modicum of style. During the first five minutes, he frames a man pleading for his life with the camera set up so that the beggar is framed between the legs of the villain who is about to kill him. A gunshot rings out and the beggar slumps over, but it is the villain who crumples from a bullet and the beggar discovers that he is alive. Along with his scenarists, including Alfredo Varelli, Adriano Micantoni of "The Colt is My Law," and Alfonso Brescia of "When the Devil Holds A Gun," Baldanello packs several surprises into the screenplay, the biggest of which occurs about three-fourths of the way into the action. Cark Mohner stars.

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GO FOR BROKE (1968)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. This Spaghetti Western, an Italian-Spanish co-production is about a bounty hunter (John Ireland) hired to find outlaw Mark Damon (who, of course, is really a good guy at heart). There's hidden treasure, a cast full of genre veterans (including Armando Calvo, Monica Randall, and Eduardo Fajardo), but very little else to please fans of either Westerns or director Umberto Lenzi, who made his name with gruesome cannibal movies like Mangiati Vivi and Cannibal Ferox later in his career. Spartaco Conversi co-stars with Raf Baldassare and Lisa Halvorsen.

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 STRANGER FROM PASO BRAVO (1968)-BEAUTIFUL UPGRADED WIDESCREEN PRINT OF THIS ANTHONY STEFFEN WESTERN. This is a solid spaghetti western that has a great cast and lots of cool Euro-western style. The music is very good. Some parts of the score are very minimalist, using only a single guitar. A couple of other parts sound kind of creepy, almost like they are using a Theremin. All of it sounds very appropriate for a spaghetti western. It also has a great typical spaghetti-style opening theme. Anthony Steffen does a fine job as the revenge seeking stranger Gary Hamilton. Anyone who thinks his unemotional performance in "Django the Bastard" (aka "Stranger's Gundown") was unintentional should see this movie, because here he proves that he can show feelings if the part requires it. Eduardo Fajardo is great as the scumbag town boss Acombar. Here he plays a character that is more over-the-top than his usually more refined villainous roles. I love the part where he tells his men to bring him Gary Hamilton's head because he wants to see it on a pole.

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DEATH AT OWELL ROCK (1967)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Rare Western by Riccardo Freda. Lawrence White returns to the town of Owell Rock to avenge the murder of his father, but in order to carry out his plans, he changes his name and arranges for another man to pose as "Lawrence White." Mark Damon, Pamela Tudor, and Stephen Forsyth star. While it lacks the opera-like style and sweep of the best Italian westerns, this minor entry in the cycle has its compensations. By concentrating on a limited number of characters playing out most of their story in the confines of a small town in the Arizona Territory, "Owell Rock" achieves a bit more depth than is often found in movies of this sort.

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BROTHERS BLUE (1973)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Extremely obscure Spaghetti western by Luigi Bazzoni and starring Jack Palance and Tina Aumont. A group of young desperados is hunted for several years by a determined bank guard (Jack Palance). Both the gang's actions, and their demise in a climactic finale (à la "Bonnie and Clyde") are very graphic and violent. Bazzoni and Storaro did an excellent job staging scenes, creatively using color, light, shadow, and angles to make this movie visually appealing. Vitorio Storaro is a legendary cinematographer, noted for his philosophy regarding the color, the use of which is stunning in this film. There is a stunning sequence in a jail with blue light falling through the windows across the profile of Palance which should be one of the iconic images of the genre, up there with the final gunfights in the Dollars movies or of Django dragging his coffin in sea of mud. Storaro's most famous work includes shooting Appocalypse Now and The Last Emperor, for both of which he won Oscars.

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