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They Believed He Was No Saint (1972)

La caza del oro (original title)
PG | | Western | December 1975 (USA)
A bunch of outlaws awaits the release from prison of an old goldminer, believed to have hidden 28 sacks of gold 20 years before... They all want the old man to speak, but only one of them will fulfill his dream.


Juan Bosch


Sergio Donati (original story) (as Sergio Donatti), Juan Bosch (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steffen ... Trash Benson
Daniel Martín ... Paco
Tania Alvarado Tania Alvarado ... María
Manuel Guitián Manuel Guitián ... Jonathan Carver
Gaspar 'Indio' González Gaspar 'Indio' González ... Preacher (as Indio González)
Ricardo Moyán Ricardo Moyán ... Jed Spotless
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Director de la prisión (as Raff Baldasarre)
Juan Miguel Solano Juan Miguel Solano ... Apache Joe (as Juan M. Solano)
Antonio Ponciano Antonio Ponciano ... Silvertop
Luis Induni ... Travers
Ángel Lombarte Ángel Lombarte ... Melquiades
Gustavo Re ... Padre Javier
Juan Torres Juan Torres ... Aldeano
Juan Patiño Juan Patiño ... Hombre de Rojas
Irene D'Astrea Irene D'Astrea ... Molly


A bunch of outlaws awaits the release from prison of an old goldminer, believed to have hidden 28 sacks of gold 20 years before... They all want the old man to speak, but only one of them will fulfill his dream. The shrewdest of the outlaws, Trash, gains the reliance of the old man and with a Mexican desperado, Josè, they start the quest for gold. But too many people are involved in this quest, including a dangerous killer with his gang, Firmin Rojas. Written by davide

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Touch What's Mine and D-I-E!




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Spain | Italy



Release Date:

December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Believed He Was No Saint See more »

Filming Locations:

Fraga, Huesca, Aragón, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Very average Spaghetti/Paella/Butifarra Western shot in Spain with three usual genre stars : Anthony Steffen , Daniel Martin and Fernando Sancho
20 May 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

So-so but amusing Macarroni/Tortilla or Gazpacho Western with plenty of action , crossfire , brawls , double-crosses , twists and loads of shots . The movie is running out of ideas a bit ; nevertheless , it is still good enough to be fun . Mediocre Chorizo/Spaghetti Western co-produced by Spain/Italy with the ordinary confrontation between Anthony Steffen and Fernando Sancho . It deals with group of cutthroats awaits the release from county jail an old goldminer called Carver (Manuel Guitian) . Carver has been long time in prison for a gold robbing and believed to have hidden 28 sacks of the rich mineral . They all want the aging prospector -who has been 20 years locked- to speak , but only one of them will fulfill his dream . Several outlaws surrounding the prison , but only the shrewdest of the bandits , Trash (Anthony Steffen) , gains the reliance of the old inmate and with a Mexican desperado , Josè (Daniel Martin) , they begin the quest for gold that has been hidden 20 years before . When Carver is freed , he is kidnapped by a band that pretends to steal his precious gold . But too many people are involved in this quest , including a powerful owner (Luis Induni) , his deputies and a dangerous killer (Gaspar Indio Gonzalez) with his band . Later on , they attempt to take a valuable sculpture of Saint Fermin . After that , they meet the nasty outlaw Fermin Rojas (Fernando Sancho) and things go awry .

This stirring tortilla/Ravioli Western packs thrills , shootouts , noisy action and riding pursuits . Italian-Spanish co-production filmed in Catalunya and Fraga , Huesca , full of familiar faces , assaults , exaggerated characters , gun-down , lots of shots , fights and with some looks that say it all , including an exciting ending . Starring Anthony Steffen who stands out his strong , piercing eyes and striking look , featuring as a man out for gold robbing . Steffen is passable as a gunfighter who vows take a cache of gold at whatever price . Worthwhile watching for a demonstration of the confrontation between the tough Pistolero Anthony Steffen and Fernando Sancho as the notorious killer called Fermin Rojas . Charismatic performance for all casting . The notorious Spaghetti actor , Anthony Steffen is nice as Trash Benson . Anthony Steffen may be a name best 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 . 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, later moving onto the Western genre , where he found his niche . Then , Steffen jumped at the chance when offered the main character in ¨Last Mohican¨. He wound up settling in western genre for the next two decades . As he sought characters in routine spaghetti westerns , and as he starred such notorious Spaghetti as ¨Django Il Bastard¨, ¨Arizona returns¨, ¨Garringo¨, ¨Apocalypse Joe¨, ¨Tequila¨, ¨A train to Durango¨ , and many others . Unlike fellow Spaghetti star Clint Eastwood, however, Steffen never became a top international box-office attraction . To avoid being penned in too much as a simple gunfighter , he played all kinds of genres as Giallo , Erotic , Thriller and Prison movie . Support cast is frankly good , thanks to the boastful Fernando Sancho , playing a likable but murderous bandit , as usual . He played a Mexican outlaw lots of times , as he starred multitude ¨Chorizo¨ or ¨Pipperone¨ Westerns , as the quarrelsome , swanky Mexican bandit , such as : ¨A pistol for Ringo¨, ¨Return of Ringo¨, "Requiem for a Gringo" , "Dakota Joe" , ¨Winchester Bill¨ , "The Man Who Came to Kill" and several others . Here appear important secondaries from Spaghetti/Tortilla or Paella Western , these are the followings : Daniel Martin , Luis Induni , Tania Alvarado , Juan Torres ,Raf Baldassarre , Gustavo Re , Gaspar 'Indio' González , among others .

This violent tale with some hilarious moments being decent but poorly photographed by Julio Pérez de Rozas in Eastmancolor . Mostly filmed in atmospheric though poor scenarios on location in Fraga , (Huesca) , similar to Almeria , and a Western village located in ¨Splugles De Llobregat¨ built by Balcazar Productions and in Matadapera , Barcelona , Catalonia and in Elios studios , Rome . Enjoyable and jolly musical score by Marcelo Giombini . The motion picture was regularly directed by Juan Bosch . He managed to make a fluid and filled with thrills , duels , attacks , and shots , though average and in low budget . Juan was a Spanish craftsman , writing and directing ; working from the 60s in all kind of genres and B movies such as Spaghetti Western : ¨Dallas¨, "God in Heaven.. Arizona on Earth¨, "And the Crows Will Dig Your Grave" , "My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow" ,¨Ciudad Maldita¨, ¨They Believed He Was No Saint" , "Stagecoach of the Condemned" ; Giallo : "The Killer Wore Gloves" , "On the Edge" or "The Killer with a Thousand Eyes" ; Comedy : Mauricio Mon Amour¨, ¨40 Años Sin Sexo¨, ¨Caray Con Divorcio¨ , ¨Rolls Para Hipolito¨ and Terror : ¨Exorcismo¨, ¨Secta Siniestra¨ . Rating : 4.5/10 , mediocre but entertaining , though sometimes embarrassing . If you like Chorizo , Paella , Tortilla , Butifarra or Spaghetti westerns , this one remains lightly watchable .

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