Requiem for a Gringo (1968)

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(1968) Lang Jeffries, Fernando Sancho, Femi Benussi, Carlos Gaddi. A unique Euro-western with the hero as an astrologist who wears a leopard suit. Sure, theres a revenge theme, but overall ... See full summary »


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14 August 2010 | ma-cortes
| Offbeat and thrilling Paella-Spaghetti Western co-produced between Spain and Italy
The band of the nasty Mexican named Porfirio Carranza (Fernando Sancho) and his bandits trespass the frontier and occupy a mansion . Our hero named Logan (Lang Jeffries who married Rhonda Fleming) is a bounty hunter who wears a leopard poncho and riding on a mule . He returns his ranch and seeks vengeance against Carranza's hoodlums who kill , mistreat countrymen and lash a young (Sancho Gracia). Logan confronts underlings and it is narrated by means of three flashbacks in which take place three showdowns against the mestizo Aldo Sambrell , the dreary gunfighter dressed in black played by Carlo Gaddi and the elegant Ruben Rojo who double-crosses his chief with the Eurobabe Femi Benussi . Meanwhile Carranza hanging villagers and putting a poster of warning in Spanish language saying : ¨ SI ALARGAS LAS OREJAS PUEDES ALARGAR EL CUELLO¨ . Logan has a special date for his bloody vendetta , April 17, 1867 , when takes place a sun eclipse .

It is an exciting but uneven western with breathtaking gun-play between the weird protagonist Lang Jeffries against the heartless Fernando Sancho and his hoodlums . Lang is fine , he ravages the screen , shoots , kills , hit and run . In the film premiere attained bit success ; however , being nowadays best valued and I think it turns out to be a decent Spaghetti-Chorizo Western . Aldo Sambrell and Carlo Gaddi as two cruelly baddie roles are terrific , they bear hysterical and mocking aspect , subsequently they would play similar characters . The film packs violence , shootouts , high body-count and being fast-moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em ups or stunts every few minutes . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors , dirty and rocky landscapes under a glimmer sun and a fine set on the manor . The musician Angelo Francesco Lavagnino composes a nice soundtrack and well conducted ; it is full of strange sounds and haunting musical background . Striking cinematography by Mario Pacheco who reflects a colorful eclipse and barrens exteriors from Almeria . Outdoor sequences filmed at Spanish places located on Colmenar Viejo , and of course , Almeria . The movie gets the usual Western issues , such as avenger antiheroes , violent facing off , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies , soundtrack with Morricone influence , among them . There appears as notorious secondaries the regulars in Spanish/Italian Western , such as : Aldo Sambrell (Sergio Leone's usual) , Angel Alvarez (Django) , Ruben Rojo , Sancho Gracia (800 bullets) and a future prestigious actress , Marisa Paredes (Almodóvar customary) . Special mention for Fernando Sancho in his ordinary role as fatty Mexican bandit . This motion picture produced by Sergio Newman was professionally directed by Jose Luis Merino and Eugenio Martin or Gene Martin . Jose Luis Merino made some Westerns (More dollars for the MacGregor , Kitosch the man who came from the north) and horror movies (Terror of the living dead , Scream of the demon lover) . And Eugenio Martin is a terror movies expert (Hypnosis , A candle for the devil , The fourth Mrs Anderson and the classic Horror express) and Spaghetti Western (Pancho Villa , The ugly ones , Bad man's river ). Rating : Acceptable and passable Spaghetti Western , well worth watching .

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Release Date:

23 August 1968



Country of Origin

Spain, Italy

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