Quella sporca storia nel west

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Quella sporca storia nel West (Italy 1968 / Director: Enzo G. Castellari)

Also known as

Johnny Hamlet | The Wild and the Dirty (USA) | To Kill or Not to Kill? (USA) | Johnny el vengador (Spain) | Django - Die Totengräber warten schon (Germany) | Django porte sa croix (France) | Deus Criou o Homem E o Homem Criou o Colt (Brazil) | ジョニー・ハムレット (DVD title, Japan) | That Dirty Story of the West
Johnny Hamlet movie poster


Shakespeare is combined with the spaghetti western in this interesting offering. Though the language is modernized, the plot is basically the same as Hamlet.


  • Cast: Andrea Giordana (Johnny Hamilton), Gilbert Roland (Horace), Horst Frank (Claude), Enio Girolami (Ross), Ignazio Spalla [as Pedro Sanchez](Guild), Françoise Prévost (Gertrude Hamilton), Stefania Careddu (Eugenia, actress), Manuel Serrano (Santana), Franco Latini (gravedigger), Ugo Adinolfi, János Barta [as John Bartha](owner of acting troop), Franco Leo (Shakespearean actor), Fabio Pajella (acrobat ?), Claudio Trionfi, Gabriella Boccardo [as Gabriella Grimaldi](Ophelia / Emily)
  • Uncredited actors: Giorgio Sammartin (sheriff), Rocco Lerro (Santana bandit), Gregorio Wu (bartender)
  • Idea: Sergio Corbucci (based on Hamlet by Shakespeare)
  • Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Francesco Scardamaglia, Enzo G. Castellari
  • Cinematography: Angelo Filippini (Technicolor, Techniscope 2,35:1)
  • Music: Francesco De Masi
  • Song: "Find A Man" sung by Maurizio Graf



Originally called "Johnny Hamlet", but the producers decided for the "Quella sporca..." title and the movie kind of bombed at the box office unfortunately. The movie was originally slated as a directing project for Corbucci.

An explanation by Scherpschutter: The Italian title means (literally) "That dirty story in the West", not: "That dirty story of the West". So not the West is said to be dirty, but the story; the use of the demonstrative 'quella' indicates in Italian that a specific, well-known story is meant, more than likely Shakespeare's Hamlet. You could read the title as "That dirty (Shakespearean) story (set) in the West"

Versions and runtimes

  • Runtime: 95 min

Release Dates

  • Filming Date: February 1968
  • Release Date: March 22, 1968

Filming locations

  • Cabo de Gata - Almeria
  • Guadix - Granada, Cuenca - La Mancha, Cascate di Monte Gelato
  • Castello di Corcolle - Rome, Italy

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