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Joaquin Murrieta

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Joaquin Murrieta (Spain 1965 / Director: George Sherman)

  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Release Date: 2.1965

Also known as

Murieta John (Italy) | Murieta (U.S.A.) | Murieta - musta kostaja (Finland) | Den sorte hævner (Denmark) | Murieta, ha mnaren (Sweden) | Vendetta (U.K.) | Revenge of Sartana (South Africa) | A morte de um pistolero (Brasil) | Murieta! (France) | Murieta – Geißel von Kalifornien (Germany) | Murieta (Belgium) | Murrieta, o megalos ekdikitis (Greece) | Viva Murrieta (Greece)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Jeffrey Hunter (Joaquin Murrieta), Diana Lorys (Kate), Arthur Kennedy (Captain Harry Lowe), Roberto Camardiel (Jack 'Three Fingers' Garcia), Sara Lezana (Rosita Murrieta), Mike Brendel (Buck Winters), Francisco Braña (outlaw), Gonzalo Esquiroz (Gilley, outlaw), Fernando Villena (outlaw spokesman), Juan Cazalilla (Pete, drunk), Héctor Quiroga (Gregg, storekeeper), Julio Pérez Tabernero (Valenzuela, bandit), María Jose Collada (Mexican nurse), David Thomson [as David Thompson] (Ed, deputy), Andy Anza, Pedro Osinaga (Claudio 'Cockroach', bandit), José Luis Chinchilla [as J.L. Chinchilla] (shell game loser, stunts)
  • Also with: Joaquín Solís (gambler), Agustín Bescos (gambler), Pedro Barreto, Jesus Corella
  • Story: James O’Hanlon
  • Screenplay: James O'Hanlon
  • Cinematography: Miguel Fernández Mila (Eastmancolor - widescreen)
  • Music: Antonio Pérez Olea
  • Songs: "Rosita", "Corrido of Joaquin Murieta" sung by Jesus Pereyra [as Paco Michel]
  • Producer: Francisco Molero

Synopsis

Mexican peasant Joaquin Murieta and his wife go north to California to prospect for gold, finding only one white person, a marshal, who will befriend them. But after Murieta is beaten and robbed, and his wife killed by bandits, Murieta takes out his vengeance by forming a gang of outlaws who rob the countryside. Murieta is eventually cornered by the marshal, who persuades him to end his crusade. But when Murieta is later wounded and convalescent, his gang operates a reign of terror without his knowledge.

Comment

This drama is based on the true story of a Mexican immigrant and his wife, who travel to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Their only friend in the area is an army captain. They are taunted by a group of racist miners, and the wife is raped and murdered. The husband swears revenge, rounds up a group of men, and conducts raids on mining camps in search of the murderers, becoming a successful gambler along the way.

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