Giù la testa... hombre

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Giù la testa... hombre (Italy 1971 / Director: Demofilo Fidani [as Miles Deem])

  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Release Date: 17.4.1971

Also known as

A Fistful of Death (U.S.A.) | Western Story (U.S.A.) | Doppia taglia per Minnesota Stinky (Italy) | Ich will ihn tot! (Germany) | Ich will deinen Kopf (Germany) | Adios Companeros (Germany)(DVD title) | Ballada par Django (Spain) | Macho Callagan se dechaine (France) | De bende van Butch Cassidy (The Netherlands) | Macho Callaghan gaat er op los (Netherlands) | Ballad of Django | The Strange Tale of Minnesota Stinky

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Jack Betts [as Hunt Powers] (Butch Cassidy), Jeff Cameron (Macho Callaghan), Klaus Kinski (Reverend Cotten), Gordon Mitchell ('Testa di ferro' / Ironhead Donovan), Giancarlo Prete [as Philip Garner] (Sundance Kid), Benito Pacifico [as Dennis Colt] (Buck O'Sullivan), Grazia Giuvi (saloon girl), Luciano Conti [as Lucky Mc Murray] (Ben, bandit with doll), Pietro Fumelli (old hermit), Renzo Arbore [as Lorenzo Arbore] (Notary Paul J. Stark), Pino Polidori [as Giuseppe Polidori], Giglio Gigli (Colbert, Donovan henchman), Amerigo Castrighella [as Custer Gail] (Lucas, Donovan henchman), Manlio Salvatori (Mr. Pinkerton), Alessandro Perrella (townsman), Michele Branca (Donovan henchman), Calogero Caruana (participant in the saloon fight), Elio Angelucci (townsman), Enzo Radicchio, Franco Ricci (cardsharp)
  • Story: Demofilo Fidani
  • Screenplay: Demofilo Fidani, Maria Rosa Valenza, Alfredo Medori
  • Cinematography: Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi) [Eastmancolor - Totalscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Lallo Gori
  • Producer: Diego Spataro

Synopsis

Macho Callaghan is after Butch Cassidy, Sundance, Ironhead and their band of outlaws. After the outlaws have a falling out Macho finds a way of being hired by Ironhead Donovan and must find a way to convince him to attack Butch Cassidy.

Comment

This peculiar spaghetti western was inspired by the success of the American television series Macho Callahan with Italian audiences. Jeff Cameron (a pseudonym for actor Goffredo Scarciofolo) plays Macho Callaghan, with spelling changed for legal reasons. Macho is the sole survivor of a bloody raid led by Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. With the help of a kindly priest (Klaus Kinski) and by befriending one of the outlaws, Macho infiltrates the gang. A silly storyline and weak performances are somewhat offset by the cinematography of Aristide Massaccesi and the opportunity to see Klaus Kinski in a rare heroic role, but this one remains for genre completists only. Demofilo Fidani directed using the pseudonym "Miles Deem."

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