The Devil's Backbone (1971)

PG   |    |  Western

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Army deserter Capt. Viktor Kaleb is offered a pardon and reinstatement in the cavalry if he agrees to lead a special forces group in a raid against an Apache stronghold into Mexico.



  • Slim Pickens and Chuck Connors in The Devil's Backbone (1971)
  • Chuck Connors and Bekim Fehmiu in The Devil's Backbone (1971)
  • Ricardo Montalban in The Devil's Backbone (1971)
  • Bekim Fehmiu in The Devil's Backbone (1971)
  • Woody Strode in The Devil's Backbone (1971)
  • Ricardo Montalban in The Devil's Backbone (1971)

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21 June 2004 | Ramon_Rojo
| A Nixon Doctrine Spaghetti western with Rambo in buckskins...
What can I say about this film?

Well, it has to be first Nixon doctrine spaghetti western with a frustrated general complaining about the rules of engagement that prevent him launching a search-and-destroy mission on an Apache stronghold in Mexico (Hmmmm...substitute Apaches for the Vietcong and Mexico for Vietnam...) It even has a buckskin Rambo, that being Captain Kaleb, who wants to take out the entire Apache nation after his wife is murdered.

Well, this gets me to the movie. It is one of those movie that used to get made in the Sixties and Early Seventies where scores of actors are assembled in various stock roles, with a screenplay that has recycled every action movie convention without much spark or imagination. And then there's Bekim Fehmiu. I've seen more vivid performances from driftwood.

In short, it's one of those movies you watch on a Saturday afternoon, when nothing else is on and pay very little attention to it.

The only exception I would have to make it for Piero Piccioni's score. It's got that cheezy late sixties jazz thing going on (apologies to Dennis Miller..)

Other than that, it is nothing terribly memorable...

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Release Date:

25 March 1971



Country of Origin

Italy, Yugoslavia, USA

Filming Locations

Almeria, Andalucia, Spain

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