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  • 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 .
  • bizz-216 November 2005
    "Requiem para un gringo" is the kind of eurowestern that is hard to define. The main character is dressed in a Leopard suit...but he's also an Astrologist!!! Apart from that, the story is simple as in many westerns vengeance is the only point, but not the usual vengeance, I wont say much, don't want to spoil it...I gave you a clue already.

    L. Merino, the director, was more interested in horror and sci-fi than in westerns, maybe that is why this film looks (and works) as an horror film in many moments, which makes it much more interesting and bizarre, the dialogues are somewhat silly, but the camera work is very rich and the acting is good enough, as you can imagine the movie is full of stereotypes as it was made in Spain in the late sixties "golden age" of Spanish westerns. Marisa Paredes (Pedro Almodovar's favorite actress) appears in this film (at the age of 18) more beautiful than ever, but also check out for other beautiful women...

    Must say that I enjoyed the movie a lot. Don't miss this one if you have the chance.
  • This movie is a lot of fun to watch. It's a riveting story with a touch of peculiarity, some great characters, and an amazing music score.

    The film is a tale of justice and revenge, as a man returns home to his ranch after some sort of military service, and discovers that his brother has been killed by a gang of outlaws. The basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare, but what makes this movie stand out is its style.

    The main character has kind of a mystical aura about him because of his uncanny ability to predict the weather, and use it to his advantage. He also has a knack for seeming to appear out of nowhere to surprise his targets. Lang Jeffries's acting in the film is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character, but the fantastic performances by Carlo Gaddi as the slimy, menacing outlaw Ted Corbin, and the always great Fernando Sancho as Porfirio, the gang leader who is losing his grip, make up for it.

    There is a very odd implementation of zoom shots in the camera work during one particular scene as the film approaches its climax. Rather than the usual sustained, intensity-building close-ups that Sergio Leone was so fond of, the director here uses a rapidly zooming in and out camera for a more unsettling effect. This turns out to be one of the most memorable parts of the movie.

    The music score is perhaps the best part of this film. The opening theme is one of my favorites, and is one of those unforgettable tunes that will play in your mind over and over long after the movie is done. The soundtrack contributes tremendously to the atmosphere of the film, especially the organ parts.

    This one is a must-see for fans of the spaghetti-western genre.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Originally planning to jump straight to viewing a Spaghetti Western after seeing Quentin Tarantino's terrific Django Unchained,I decided to abruptly change plans,when I discovered,that along with having recently picked up Spaghetti Western,I had also picked up a Western from previously unknown Spanish sub-genre:the Paella Western.

    The plot:

    Seperareing his gang of outlaws into two groups so that they draw less attention to themselves as they cross the boarder to California,lead outlaw Porfirio Carranza wastes no time at all in getting a grip on a town right by the boarder.

    Entering a quiet hacienda with some of his men,Carranza finds the only person standing in his way to be a brave hearted young man,who Porfirio quickly forces to take part in a "game" with one of his most sharp shooters,which leads to the young man being left in the dirt,to die an agonising,painful death.

    Prepairing to celebrate the quick and easy taking over of the village with his fellow cowboys and his stunning girlfriend,Porfirio begins to fear that his plans may soon be disrupted,when he finds out that a stranger has recently arrived at the town's main hotel/brothel,and that the strange man is challenging Porfirio's 4 main outlaws to one of Carranza's own deadly "game's" on April 17th.

    View on the film:

    Whilst the IMDb page lists Eugenio Martin as a co-director,the only director listed on the psychedelic opening credits scene is Jose Luis Merino.Toning down the fiery flare of the Spaghetti Western,Merino uses the California boarder setting of the story as a way to create an unsettling mood,with the dry endless miles of sand filled with only the odd building or burning burial giving the movie a strong supernatural atmosphere.

    Keeping "the stranger" from appearing until the second half of the movie, Merino uses the atmosphere which he had built up in the first half,as an environment for the stranger to perfectly blend into,with Merino showing shootings/stabbings to be agonising with a strong Horror vibe,whilst his great quick-zooms and comparison of the stranger's interest in an upcoming total eclipse to the eeriness of the towns location,gives this Paella Western a very strong Sci-Fi influence.

    Taking the villains (with lead outlaw Porfirio Carranza played by a tough talking Fernando Sancho) in a far from normal direction,the brilliant screenplay by Arrigo Colombo,Enrico Colombo,Giuliana Garavaglia and Maria del Carmen Martinez Roman show the outlaws to be a far from united front,with each of them prepared to stab the other in the back for Porfirio's attention,and Carranza's girlfriend being someone whose thrilled to go behind his back,whilst secretly stealing his riches.

    Along with the gorgeous women in the film being given a prominent role thanks to them representing the jangly,psychedelic score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnini,the writers also use the supernatural powers of the stranger, (played by a calculating and mysterious Lang Jeffries) as a very distinctive approach to give details on the background of Carranza's four main outlaws,with each of the encounters that Porfirio's gang have with the ghost- (?)like figure of the stranger,leading to each of them realising,that the only thing which will lead to the stranger disappearing,will be a "total eclipse" of their lives.
  • A fairly successful Euro western, DUEL IN THE ECLIPSE occupies a fairly middling position in the sub-genre, its quality eclipsed (pun intended) by the Leone classics along with the endless Django and Sartana films. This is a Spanish/Italian co-production with plenty of weird style to recommend it, although it's not quite as weird as CAPTAIN APACHE! The film was made on the cheap and it shows, and yet it holds a certain charm despite the deficiencies present. Square-jawed Canadian star Lang Jeffries plays a gunslinger clad in a leopardskin who makes it his job to take out a gang of sadistic ruffians led by the boorish Fernando Sancho. The presence of an expect black-clad shooter allows the film it's German title, REQUIEM FOR DJANGO, although the original title was the more generic REQUIEM FOR A GRINGO.

    DUEL IN THE ECLIPSE was directed by a pair of Spaniards who are better known to fans of the Euro-horror film; Jose Luis Merino made the excellent Gothic horror shocker KILLERS OF THE CASTLE OF BLOOD, while Eugenio Martin handled the all-time classic HORROR EXPRESS. Thus the film's horrific and sometimes sadistic overtones are all the more welcome and the style generally makes this a winner, although there are some crucial mis-steps along the way (including an interlude with the zoom lens which must have made Jess Franco a happy man!). The storyline might be simple and familiar, but as a whole this is a workable western with some neat, unique elements, not least the titular event.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    During Mexican revolution a cowboy called Logan (Jeffries), meets Carranza (Sancho) the famous Mexican boss, and asks him to have a duel with Charlie (Sambrell) his right-hand man. Carranza is surprised for an unknown guy having such a confidence with him but he answers Charlie has disappeared since days. When Logan tells to Carranza who killed Charlie, he gets furious and orders his man to kill the cowboy. Instead the cowboy a very good gunfighter, kills all the members of the band including Carranza at last. Arizona is safe and begins shining again after several days of darkness.

    A poor Italian-Spanish western directed by Luis Merino a Spanish director proving to be not very good as far as western films are concerned. The story is simply and even boring, it is a pity because there are many good actors such as Fernando Sancho, acting as a bandit, Aldo Sambrell (an excellent character who worked in the American productions too) and so on. Jeffries is an American actor famous in Italy for his Mithological films. I didn't understand why he rides a mule instead of a horse, a cowboy with a mule what kind of cowboy is? It sounds strange but the film was shot in Italy even if Spanish scenarios are more suitable.
  • hitchcockthelegend20 September 2020
    Once sheared of twenty minutes, "Requiem for a Gringo" is now available to be seen in a full uncut version. Not that it's outrageously violent or sexually repugnant, it would appear some stiff backed suits back in the late 1960's had a bug where the sun doesn't shine.

    This is a little treat for fans of Euro-Westerns of the 60's. Plot holds familiar traits, where a ruthless gang of scumbags terrorise locals and kill indiscriminately. Enter a lone stranger, Ross Logan/Django (Lang Jeffries), who after having been dealt a family mortal blow, sets about revenge - good job he is one seriously hard and smart dude!

    Logan is a wonderful creation, he rides a mule, he wears a leopard skin poncho, and crucially he is a lover of astrology and uses it to define his life outcome (the best weather man in the history of Western genre cinema). There's a nice bit of splintered narrative used by directors Eugenio Martín and José Luis Merino here, while they also give the pic a supernatural vibe (Martin had his roots in horror).

    Pic is full of macho brooding, murder death kills (splendid stunt work), scuzzy close ups, intense fights, beautiful girls (seriously, some of the prettiest girls ever in a Pasta/Paella Western), stunning Almeria location cinematography (Mario Pacheco) and some inventive camera work.

    Very underseen, this may not be a high point in the genre, but it's certainly one that fans of such should be seeking out. One question though - how the hell did Lang Jeffries get to marry Rhonda Fleming? Must have been the gringo look that did it... 7/10
  • Previous user comments posted for this movie have been mostly positive, which confuses me because I found the movie a real chore to sit through - and I normally love spaghetti westerns! True, the movie has a nice musical score, there's a wet t-shirt sequence, and the director occasionally manages to compose the stuff on the screen to produce striking images. But this good stuff in no way manages to compensate for the bad stuff. The characters are bad - the bad guys don't really ooze evil, and the good guy (who wears a ridiculous-looking leopard skin poncho) only makes a limited number of appearances. Most of the movie is composed of the characters endlessly talking, resulting in little action. And the little action there is is not only spoiled by dubbed gunshots that sound extraordinarily wimpy, but passionless direction. The end results are like eating cold spaghetti with no sauce.