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Quella sporca storia nel west

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

  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Dates: February 1968
  • Release Date: 22.3.1968
  • Filming Locations:Cabo de Gata - Almeria, Guadix - Granada, Cuenca - La Mancha, Cascate di Monte Gelato, Castello di Corcolle - Rome ITALY

Also known as

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

Cast and crew

  • 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)
  • Also with: 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


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


Originally called "Johnny Hamlet", but the producers decided for the "Quella sporca..." title and the movie kind of bombed at the box office unfortunately.

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"

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