Pistoleros de Arizona, Los

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Pistoleros de Arizona (Spain, Italy, West Germany 1964 / Director: Alfonso Balcázar [as Al Bagran])

  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Release Date: 31.12.1964

Also known as

5.000 dollari sull'asso (Italy) | Cinquemila dollari sull'asso (Italy) | Five Thousand Dollars On One Ace (U.S.A.) | Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada (Germany) | El rancho de los implacables (Spain) | 5000 dollars sur l'as (France) | 5,000 dollar på ett äss (Sweden) | 5000 dollaria ston asso (Greece) | Ruudinsavun sankarit (Finland) | Redenção De Um Bandoleiro (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Robert Woods (Jeff Clayton), Fernando Sancho (Carrancho), Helmut Schmid [as Helmut Schmit] (Jimmy (The Black) Nero), Maria Sebaldt [as Maria Sebalt] (Helen Greenwood), Antonio Molino Rojo (Dingus, Nero henchman), Frank Stewart (David Greenwood), Richard Haussler (Dundee, attorney), Miguel de la Riva (Jack, Nero henchman), Norman Preston, Hans Nielsen (Judge Keystone), Paco Sanz (Craig, banker), Jaime Avellan (sheriff), Pedro Gil, Cesar Ojinaga (Glenn, betting rancher), Fernando Rubio (Carrancho henchman), Alberto Gadea (Gypsy, Nero henchman), Carlos Hurtado, Juan Torres, Rafael Anglada, Francisco Garcia, Jose Castellui, Barbara Frey
  • Story: Alessandro Continenza
  • Screenplay: Jose Antonio de la Loma, Alfonso Balcázar, Alessandro Continenza
  • Cinematography: Carlo Carlini, Roberto Reale [Technicolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
  • Songs: "A Gambling Man" sung by Don Powell, "Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada" sung by Ralf Paulsen, "Kein Gold am Blue River" sung by Ronny
  • Producer: Edmondo Amati

The Film

One of the first paella/spaghetti westerns, and the first one produced by the Balcázar Studios. Woods is a gunman who wins 5000 $ in a poker game and also becomes co-owner of a ranch. A corrupt landowner tries to chase all small farmers from the valley. This early euro western is a modest production, saved only by some nice location work and a flamboyant performance by the great Fernando Sancho as a rascal with a heart of gold, but still as trustworthy as a rattlesnake.


On posters, Helmut Schmid is credited as Helmut Schmidt, which is how the former German Chancellor is spelled.


Typical early SW which has a quite naive story and storytelling, here with seemingly endless and often badly edited fights with fists and guns. Like several others of those mainly Spanish genre contributions it contains on the other hand some good location shooting. Robert Woods in his first (and untypical) SW lead seems to imitate Giuliano Gemma, only that 5000 Dollars on an Ace was made before the Ringo films. // by Stanton


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