Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte

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Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte (Italy, Spain 1969 / Director: Julio Buchs)

  • Runtime: 102 min (maybe 107 min)
  • Release Date: 26.11.1969

Also known as

A Bullet for Sandoval (U.S.A.) | Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte (Italy) | Vengeance Is Mine (U.K.) | Um sie war der Hauch des Todes (Germany) | Homens em fúria (Portugal) | Los Desesperados (Spain) | Les quatre desperados (France) | Desperado il man omatuntoa (Finland) | Kosto veressä (Finland) | Oi desperados (Greece) | Oi Ektelestai tis Avgis (Greece) | Revansch (Sweden) | 6 desperados (Sweden) | Those Desperate Men Who Smell of Dirt and Death | Blood for Blood | A Bloody Job | Desperate Men | A Vingança é Minha (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: George Hilton (Corporal John Warner), Ernest Borgnine (Don Pedro Sandoval), Alberto de Mendoza (Lucky Boy), Leo Anchóriz (Friar/Father Converso), Annabella Incontrera (Carol Day), Gustavo Rojo (Guadalupano), Manuel de Blas (Jose Gonzales Sandoval), Manuel Miranda (Francisco Gonzales Sandoval), José Manuel Martín (Guerico / Leone 'One Eye'), Antonio Pica (Sam Powell), Andrea Aureli (James Morton), Luis Barboo (Mexican foreman), Andrés Mejuto (Confederate general), Mariano Vidal Molina (Captain Parker), Mary Paz Pondal (Isabel, governor's wife), George Rigaud (General Jackson), Alfonso Rojas (waystation owner), Dan van Husen (Mestizo, bandit), Lorenzo Robledo (Confederate corporal), Alfonso de la Vega (Sandoval's man), Jesus Aristu (Pablo), Jose Guardiola (Chihuahua Governor), Alfredo Santacruz (Senator Rhodes), Claudio Trionfi (1st soldier), Adalberto Rossetti (2nd soldier), Fernando Sanchez Polack (Mexican officer), Tota Alba (waystation wife), Angel Menendez (judge), Tito Garcia (Mexican rancher), Jose Riesgo, Rafael Hernandez, Charly Bravo
  • Story: Julio Buchs, Federico De Urrutia, Jose Luis Martinez Molla
  • Screenplay: Julio Buchs, Federico De Urrutia, Ugo Guerra, Jose Luis Martinez Molla
  • Cinematography: Francisco Sempere [Eastmancolor - Cromoscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Gianni Ferrio
  • Producers: Elio Scardamaglia, Ugo Guerra


During the Civil War a Confederate soldier (Hilton) becomes a deserter when he wants to be with his fiancée, who’s about to have their baby. When he arrives at her parental home the girl has died and he is told to leave the premises by her Mexican father Don Pedro Sandoval(Borgnine). A cholera epidemic has broken out and when farmers refuse to give milk to the baby, Hilton loses his child as well. Outraged, he assembles a marauding mob and starts terrorizing the surroundings in his thirst for revenge on Sandoval.


With a Spanish director and a predominantly Spanish and Latin American cast, the film is often closer to a classic Spanish drama about redemption than a spaghetti western about revenge. Rather episodic and sometimes confusing, it still is an interesting film, with a powerful opening and a bizarre conclusion, set in and around a bullring. Casting for this production was a bit odd; Borgnine, virtually the only American in the cast, plays a Mexican, while most American characters are played by Spanish and Latin American actors. – Scherpschutter

(A Bullet for Sandoval) is a film with a genuinely dramatic narrative which, in a genre often dominated by action for action's sake, is refreshing and worthy of support. – Phil H


The circuitous Italian title Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore e di morte translates to Those Desperate Men Who Smell of Dirt and Death or Those Desperate Men Who Stank of Sweat and Death.

Most people have only seen a cut 90 min version of this film, but there is at least one 102 min version (which is most probably uncut) with a complete English audio available. The cut scenes are discussed here

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