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The Big Gundown (1966)

La resa dei conti (original title)
Approved | | Western | 29 November 1966 (Spain)
Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Franco Solinas (story), Fernando Morandi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett
Tomas Milian ... Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez
Walter Barnes ... Brokston
Nieves Navarro ... The Widow
Gérard Herter ... Baron von Schulenberg (as Gerard Herter)
María Granada María Granada ... Rosita Sanchez
Roberto Camardiel ... Sheriff Jellicol (as Robert Camardiel)
Ángel del Pozo ... Chet Miller (as Angel del Pozo)
Luisa Rivelli ... Willow Creek Prostitute
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Father of Chet Miller (as Tom Felleghi)
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Mr. Lynch
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Hondo - Ex-Union Outlaw
Antonio Casas ... Brother Smith & Wesson
José Torres ... Paco Molinas
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Storyline

Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia, translated by Philip-12

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Taglines:

They called him "Big Boots." He could grind a town under his heel! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 November 1966 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Gundown See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (original U.S. theatrical release) | (Blu-ray extended special edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of Quentin Tarentino's favorite spaghetti westerns. See more »

Goofs

At around an hour and twenty minutes into the movie there is a scene where a girl is carrying a tray with 6 glasses of which 5 are full and 1 is empty. In the next shot however there are 7 glasses on the tray of which 3 are full and 4 are empty. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Corbett: [after discovering that he has been tricked by Cuchillo into thinking he was bit by a snake] If you don't kill me right now... it'll be the last mistake you ever make.
Cuchillo Sanchez: But to kill you is a big mistake. If I kill you, they'll just send another man after me who's much smarter, MUCH.
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Alternate Versions

The most complete version of the movie available is the German DVD by Koch media. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quiet Days in Clichy (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Man, Run
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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Reasonably good Italian western with a political message
1 October 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Lumpy and uneven production hurt an interesting story. It's a shame that this isn't better but if you consider the conditions films like this were made under it's a good job.

Van Clief does a variation of his role in "For A Few Dollars More" and succeeds. He carries the film, without him the movie would probably be unwatchable. Milan is his usual "poor everyman" but is less assured in the role. His character seems to be aimed at defiant 14 year old boys which is at odds with the more adult themes the film is based on.

The cinematography ranges from very good to harsh. The music is a Morriccone classic but is crudely edited during the course of the film. THe final showdown is strange as there are really two showdowns. The dubbing is passable but doesn't help.

Not counting the Leone films this is a top level Italian Western.


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