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Two Pistols and a Coward (1968)

Il pistolero segnato da Dio (original title)
Anthony Steffen, a young gunman who works as a circus performer, witnesses the killing of some outlaws carried out by their leader, is credited with the deed. Steffen suffers from a complex... See full summary »


Giorgio Ferroni (as Calvin Jackson Padget)


Giorgio Ferroni (story), Augusto Finocchi (story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steffen ... Roy Kerry
Richard Wyler ... Coleman (as Richard Whyler)
Luisa Baratto ... Maggie (as Liz Barret)
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Roy Elroy (as Ken Wood)
Gia Sandri ... Dora
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Jonathan Murphy
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Eustis Brown, circus barker
Massimo Righi ... Grant, posse organizer (as Max Dean)
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Brody
Marco Stefanelli Marco Stefanelli ... Tony Murphy
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... New City Sheriff
Furio Meniconi ... Norton
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile ... Sheriff Corbitt (as Gentile Fedele)
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Thomas Clerigen (as Enio Balbo)
Rina Franchetti Rina Franchetti ... Mrs. Clerigen


Anthony Steffen, a young gunman who works as a circus performer, witnesses the killing of some outlaws carried out by their leader, is credited with the deed. Steffen suffers from a complex which blocks him in front of any violence and makes him appear cowardly, so when a young boy is kidnapped he must find a way to regain his composure.

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29 February 1968 (Italy) See more »

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Passable Pasta Western decently directed by Giorgio Ferroni with two Spaghetti stars : Anthony Steffen and Ken Wood
13 September 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film starts in Montana , 1880 , where occurs cattle war , close range and barbwire have surrounded lands . There happens lots of shootouts , while sheriffs fighting to stifle the conflicts between homesteaders and cattlemen who hire gunfighters and violent hired guns . Maccaroni Western through an American circus tour and meshing exciting happenings with events offstage . A circus and its ringmaster (Nello Pazzafini) performs at the town , the main attraction results to be the fast-draw but upsetting marksman called Roy Kerry or ¨Hurricane West¨ (Anthony Steffen) . Roy , then , has a fatal encounter with a nasty henchman (Ken Wood : Giovanni Cianfriglia) of an unscrupulous as well as powerful saloon owner (Richard Wyler) . Along the way Kerry -who has a childhood trauma- suffers bullying , being detained by the hoodlums , beaten , tortured , and later on , he flees and seeks vendetta . Meanwhile , a kid (Marco Stefanelli, son of regular Spaghetti secondary : Benito Stefanelli , usual master of arms) has been kidnapped by a cattle baron and our hero saves the boy in distress .

This Western is a superior outing because it displays thrills , emotion , shoot'em up , brawls , intrigue , riding pursuits and many other things . It's a medium budget Spaghetti film with acceptable actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . Agreeable Spaghetti Western follows the American models more than Sergio Leone style . The film blends noisy action , crossfire , violence , blood , and it is fast moving and quite entertaining . The picture is a tale of justice and vengeance , the basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shots or stunts every few minutes . The starring called Hurricane West is decently played by Anthony Steffen , here gives better acting than other films , his character is a coward , shy circus performer who is humiliated at every turn and , subsequently , finds redemption . Stars Anthony Steffen who is well remembered by Spaghetti Western aficionados , but in his day , from the mid-'60s to the early '70s , Steffen was one of the most popular actors of the genre — at the time cheap B movies , now revered cult classics . Anthony Steffen -along with Giuliano Gemma , George Hilton and Gianni Garco- , results to be one of the greatest stars of the Spaghetti genre . The handsome , Italian-born — actually at the Brazilian embassy in Rome — Antonio Luiz De Teffè Von Hoonholtz began working in films as a studio messenger for Vittorio De Sica . From there , Steffen began acting in sword-and-sandal epics as Sodoma and Gomorra , later moving onto the Western genre , where he found his niche . Unlike fellow Spaghetti star Clint Eastwood , however , Steffen never became a top international box-office attraction . He played as a Man-With-no-Name a lot of Spaghettis in his ordinary role as a gunfighter who seeks vengeance against his enemy and hoodlums , usually played by Eduardo Fajardo , as he performed : ¨Gentleman Killer¨, Garringo¨, ¨Apocalypse Joe¨, ¨Stranger in Paso Bravo¨ , ¨The last Tomahawk¨. His nemesis is Ken Wood as a two-fisted gunslinger , he is terrific , subsequently the would play similar roles in other Spaghettis . Ken Wood or Giovanni Cianfriglia steals the show as a merciless killer , executing thespian skills shooting badmen single-handedly and throughly enjoys himself . Ken was usual stunt to famous bouncing man , Steve Reeves . Furthermore , here appears Italian Western's usual secondaries as Nello Pazzafini , Tom Felleghy , Andrea Bosic , Massimo Righi , Benito Stefanelli , Romano Puppo , Sal Borghese and Riccardo Pizzuti , usual in Terence Hill/Bud Spencer movies . And two beautiful Eurotrash Starlettes Luisa Baratto and Gia Sandri .

The musician Carlo Rustichelli composes an attractive Spaghetti soundtrack , well conducted and including a splendid leitmotif ; it's full of enjoyable sounds and emotive score . Atmospheric as well as evocative cinematography in Eastmancolor by Sandro Mancori , but an urgent remastering is really necessary ; being shot on exterior location in Lazio Rome , Italy and Elios studios . In addition , filmed in studios : Elios studios . This flick titled ¨El Pistolero Segnato Da Dio¨ or ¨Deux Pistolets Por Un Lache or ¨El Pistolero Que Odiaba La Muerte¨ or ¨The gunman marked by God¨ or ¨Two pistols and a coward¨ was professionally directed by Giorgo Ferroni , under pseudonym , Calvin Jackson Padget , an expert on Peplum . As he directed ¨The war of Troy¨ with Steve Reeves ,¨Hercules against Molock¨ and ¨Il Colosso Di Roma¨ with Gordon Scott . He also directed Western as "Fort Yuma Gold" , ¨Wanted¨ , "Blood for a Silver Dollar" , Wartime as ¨Battle of El Alamein¨ and Terror in acceptable results as ¨ Mill of the stone woman¨ and "Night of the Devils" .

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