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Dollaro tra i denti, Un

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Un Dollaro tra i denti (Italy, USA 1966 / Director: Luigi Vanzi)

  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Release Date: 13.1.1967

Also known as

A Stranger in Town (U.S.A.) | For a Dollar in the Teeth (U.K) | Ein Dollar zwischen den Zähnen (Germany) | Un Dollar Entre Les Dents (France) | Dollari hampaissa (Finland) | Ena dollario anamesa sta dontia (Greece) | Um dolar no dentes (Portugal) | En dollar mellan tanderna (Sweden) | A Dollar Between the Teeth (English Export)

Cast and credits

  • Cast: Tony Anthony (The Stranger), Frank Wolff (Aguilar), Jolanda Modio (Cica / Chica), Gia Sandri (Maruca/Maria Pilar), Raf Baldassarre (Corgo), Aldo Berti (Marinero), Antonio Marsina (priest), Salvatore Puntillo (Aguilar henchman), Fortunato Arena (Captain Cordoba), Rossella Bergamonti [as Rosella Bergamonti](village woman), Ugo Carboni [as Ugo Carbone], Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia [as Ivan Scratt](Aguilar henchman), Lars Bloch (Lieutenant Ted "George" Harrison/Stafford), Angela Minervini (village woman), Elio Angelucci (Mexican soldier), Nicola Di Gioa (Mexican), Alberigo Donadeo (Aguilar henchman), Enrico Capoleoni, Arturo Corso, Loris Bazzocchi
  • Screenplay: Warren Garfield, Giuseppe Mangione [as Jone Mang/John Mangione]
  • Cinematography: Marcello Masciocchi (Eastmancolor - Widescreen 1,78:1)
  • Music: Benedetto Ghiglia
  • Producers: Roberto Infascelli, Massimo Gualdi, Allen Klein

Story

A stranger arrives in a sleepy border town, where he witnesses how a Mexican army regiment is killed by bandits, who take the place of the soldiers in a lucrative deal with the American army. The stranger is hired by the bandits to ‘identify’ them as Federales, but when he’s done his job, the bandit leader tries to eliminate him. The stranger manages to escape but is then trapped and brutally tortured. Finally he faces the gang in a bloody showdown in the town’s street.

Comments

The first (and best) of a series of movies in which Tony Anthony plays a character known as ‘The Stranger’. Even though the film was co-produced by Allan Klein, it was made on a shoestring. Only a handful of sets were used, only a handful of lines are spoken. It has often been called a poor man’s A Fistful of Dollars, but Vanzi uses a simplified version of the plot to make a film which definitely bears his personal imprint. Actually, this is a very fine spaghetti western, minimalistic, atmospheric, and very violent. – Scherpschutter

A stranger wearing a poncho was not the only idea directly "borrowed" from A Fistful of Dollars, which led the critics to call A Stranger in Town the most impertinent of all derivatives of Leone's groundbreaking SW. What critics often missed was that Tony Anthony's impertinences absolutely had their own nasty charm, and he and director Luigi Vanzi were self-contained enough to bring in their own sense of taste to the archetypical story. Mean, violent, taciturn, unaffected and garnished with a great villain by Frank Wolff.

by Stanton

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