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The Price of Power (1969)

Il prezzo del potere (original title)
The Pinkerton detective agency uncovers a plot to assassinate President James Garfield in 1881 Texas. The film, a "political" Spaghetti, is a very overt mirroring of the JFK Assassination in 1963.

Director:

Tonino Valerii

Writer:

Massimo Patrizi (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Bill Willer
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Arthur McDonald
María Cuadra María Cuadra ... Lucretia Garfield (as Maria Cuadra)
Ray Saunders ... Jack Donavan (as Rai Saunders)
Fernando Rey ... Pinkerton
Antonio Casas ... Mr. Willer
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Sheriff Jefferson
María Luisa Sala María Luisa Sala ... Governor's Wife (as Maria Luisa Sala)
Ángel Álvarez ... J. B. Cotton (as Angel Alvarez)
Massimo Carocci Massimo Carocci ... Anthony Ward
Norma Jordan Norma Jordan ... Anne Goddard
Ángel del Pozo ... Lawyer (as Angel Del Pozo)
Julio Peña ... Governor of Texas
Franco Meroni Franco Meroni
Luis Rico Luis Rico
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Storyline

The Pinkerton detective agency uncovers a plot to assassinate President James Garfield in 1881 Texas. The film, a "political" Spaghetti, is a very overt mirroring of the JFK Assassination in 1963.

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Face the gallows... or Jordan's gun See more »

Genres:

Western

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Price of Power See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Patry Film, Films Montana See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Near the beginning of the film, a poster, headed "Wanted for treason" is seen on a wall. It includes head-on and sideways pictures, like police "mug shots". A similar poster was published in Dallas with picture of President Kennedy before his assassination. See more »

Quotes

President James Garfield: I could never feel like the President of the United States if I couldn't visit freely ALL of those United States.
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Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

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Good quality western by Tonino Valerii
5 April 2006 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

After the civil war, Willer (Giuliano Gemma) who was 4 years in prison for treason, lives in Texas when president Garfield (Van Johnson) comes to visit the unruly state. Although the president was his judge in the trial years ago, Willer rescues his life from assassins. But there is quite a big conspiracy going on involving sheriff Jefferson (Benito Stefanelli) and the owner of the bank of Texas (Fernando Rey) who blackmails the vice president, so plans for a new attempt to murder the president are made immediately.

Good quality western by Tonino Valerii who shot "Day of Anger" (also with Gemma) the year before and went on to make "My Name Is Nobody" with Henry Fonda and Terence Hill. "The Price of Power" may not be historically accurate (and by the way, the sweet little nothing the saloon dancer is almost wearing comes straight from a 1969 nightclub), and it plays too obviously with the similarities to the JFK assassination case, yet unlike many Italian westerns it rarely drifts away into a bizarre anti-hero fantasy world, the exception being the duel rituals between Willer and Jefferson.


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