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Prezzo del potere, Il

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Il prezzo del potere (Italy, Spain 1969 / Director: Tonino Valerii)

  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Release Date: 18.12.1969

Also known as

The Price of Power (U.S.A.) | La muerte de un presidente (Spain) | Texas (France / U.K.) | Blutiges Blei (Germany) | Tappajan tie (Finland) | Dallasin surmanluodit (Finland) | A Bullet For The President (U.S.A.) | La muerte de un presidente (Spain) | Ringo y el precio del poder (Spain) | O preço do poder (Portugal/Brazil) | Det blodiga Dallas (Sweden) | En hämnares väg (Finland) | Texas' tavse hævner (Denmark) | O kynigos ton 7 symmorion (Greece) | Cena Vlasti (Serbia) | Cena moci (Czech Republic)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Giuliano Gemma (William 'Bill' Willer), Warren Vanders (Arthur McDonald), María Cuadra (Lucretia Garfield), Ray Saunders [as Rai Saunders](Jack Donovan), Fernando Rey (Pinkerton), Antonio Casas (Mr. Willer), Benito Stefanelli (Sheriff Jefferson), Maria Luisa Sala (Governor's wife), Ángel Álvarez (J.B. Cotton), Massimo Carocci (Anthony Ward), Norma Jordan (Anne Goddard), Ángel del Pozo (Pinkerton lawyer), Julio Peña (Governor of Texas), Franco Meroni, Luis Rico Pelaez, Francisco Sanz (Pat, Tribune editor), Manuel Zarzo (Nick), Jose Suarez (Vice President), Van Johnson (President James Garfield), Carlos Bravo (deputy), José Canalejas (deputy), Joaquin Parra (Slim, deputy), Frank Braña (Mortimer), Lorenzo Robledo (Brett), Ralph Neville (Judge Ralley), Lisardo Iglesias
  • Also with: José Calvo (Doctor Strips), Michael Harvey (Wallace), Riccardo Pizzuti (deputy), Paolo Figlia (deputy), Luigi Ciavarro (deputy), Giancarlo Bastianoni (Pinkerton henchman)
  • Story: Massimo Patrizi, Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Screenplay: Massiomo Patrizi
  • Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Technicolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Luis Bacalov
  • Song: "Catch a Star from the Sky" sung by Norma Jordan
  • Producer: Bianco Manini

Plot

The US civil war has ended and President Lincoln is dead. The new president is planning a trip to Dallas, Texas. In the Dallas sheriff's office a prisoner is being interrogated about a plot to assassinate the president. Thus begins The Price Of Power, Tonino Valerii's allegory of the assassination of President Kennedy and racial politics in 1960s America.

Comment

Italian director Tonino Valerii recreates a fistful of JFK conspiracy theories in Western settings with this bizarre look at the assassination of President James Garfield in 1890 Dallas. Granted, the assassination really occurred in Washington in 1881, but Valerii and screenwriter Massimo Patrizi don't let their allegory be ruined by facts. Anyway, it's a well-made film, with cinematography by Stelvio Massi and a suitably stentorian soundtrack by Luis Enrique Bacalov, but its appeal is probably limited to fans of Euro-oaters. Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Rey, and Van Johnson star, while genre enthusiasts will recognize veterans Frank Brana and Antonio Casas.

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