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Black Jack

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Black Jack (Italy 1968 / Director: Gianfranco Baldanello)

  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Release Date: 24.10.68
  • Filming locations:
    • Desert Studios, Israel
    • Elios Studios, Rome

Also known as

Black Joe (France) | A genoux Django (France) | Un Uomo per cinque vendette (Italy) | Un i dannati della violenza (Italy) | Auf die Knie, Django (Germany) | Auf die Knie, Django - und leck mir die Stiefel (Germany) | Oi Epta ekdikitai (Greece) | Den Sorte Sheriffstjerne (Denmark)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Robert Woods (Jack "Black Jack" Murphy/Django), Lucienne Bridou (Susan Sorella), Mimmo Palmara (Indian Joe), Rik Battaglia (Sanchez / Skinner), Larry Dolgin (Reb, Black Jack bandit), Federico Chentrens (Gordon, Black Jack bandit), Dali Breciani [as Dalia Lahav](Lola Sanchez / Julie Skinner), Nino Fuscagni (Peter), Sascia Krusciarska (Estelle), Ivan Scratuglia (Rodrigo), Gofreddo Unger [as Fredy Unger](Billy, Black Jack bandit), Tom Felleghy (Mark, news publisher), Luciano Bonanni (Mexican village leader), Silvio Bagolini (printer), Romano Magnino, Giovanni Bonadonna, Omero Capanna
  • Story: Giuseppe Andreoli
  • Screenplay: Giuseppe Andreoli, Gianfranco Baldanello, Augusto Finocchi, Mario Mattei
  • Cinematography: Mario Fioretti [Eastmancolor - widescreen 1,85:1]
  • Music: Lallo Gori
  • Producers: Fernando Franchi, Alexander Hakohen, Pierfranco Malaspina

Synopsis

Black Jack Murphy (Robert Woods) is the brains in an outfit of outlaws who rob the bank at Tusca City. All goes to plan with the heist but once the loot is safely obtained Jack's men lose no time in trying to double cross him. Wily Jack manages to outfox them at first and gets away with the cash but they soon catch up with him again and not only make off with the money but leave him crippled and carrying multiple causes for wanting revenge.

Comment

Bleak and violent revenge western with a hero who is driven halfway mad by his thirst for vengeance, and becomes thereby as bad as the men he is out to kill. Doubtless by far Baldanello's best SW, who nevertheless isn't a good enough director to be able to realise the full potential of the story (Garrone's Django the Bastard is a similar case). Still it is, if not a great masterpiece, what we like to call a minor classic.

by Stanton

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