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Spara, Gringo, spara

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Spara, Gringo, spara (Italy 1968 / Director: Bruno Corbucci [as Frank B. Corlish])

  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Release Date: 31.8.1968

Also known as

The Longest Hunt (U.S.A.) | Shoot, Gringo... Shoot! (U.S.A.) | Tire Django, tire (France) | Im Staub der Sonne (Germany) | Stark el pistolero (Spain) | Dispara gringo (Spain) [TV title] | Schiet Django Schiet! (Belgium) | Rainbow all'ultimo minuto (Italy) | Den laengste jagt (Denmark) | Den laengste jakten (Sweden) | Gringo, dispare sem piedade (Brazil) | 虹に立つガンマン (DVD title - Japan)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Brian Kelly (Chad Stark / Django), Fabrizio Moroni (Fidel), Keenan Wynn (Major Charlie Doneghan), Erika Blanc (Sally / Jocelyn), Rik Battaglia (Major Norton), Giovanni Pallavicino (York, banker), Luigi Bonos [as Gigi Bonos] (Sergeant Washington Peck), Enzo Andronico (Gunther, Doneghan henchman), Furio Meniconi (Corporal Dixon, Doneghan henchman), Leo Gavero (Jamison, lawman), Krista Nell (Sheila, saloon girl), Pasquale Simeoli [as Lino Desmond] (Londonderry), Ignazio Leone (doctor), Linda Sini (Dona Sol Gutierrez), Luca Sportelli (balding bartender), Folco Lulli (Don Hernando Gutierrez), Pasquale Basile (Don Hernando lieutenant, maestro d'armi)
  • Also with: Manuel Muñiz (Heathcliff, Doneghan henchman), Roland Bartrop (Warner), Pupita Lea Scuderoni (farmer's wife), Fortunato Arena (1st sheriff), Lina Franchi (Rosita), Osiride Pevarello (Don Hernando henchman), Bruno Ariè (Don Hernando henchman), José Halufi (Don Hernando henchman), Antonio Basile (Eyepatch, Doneghan soldier), Antonio Danesi )Doneghan wagon driver), Gianni Baghino (saloon waiter), Artemio Antonini (saloon tough), Angelo Boscariol (saloon tough), Vicenzo De Palo (saloon customer), Riccardo Petrazzi (saloon brawler), Gianni Di Segni (saloon brawler), Virgilio Ponti (saloon brawler), Rinaldo Zamperla (saloon brawler), Sergio Smacchi (saloon brawler)
  • Screenplay: Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci
  • Cinematography: Fausto Zuccoli [Eastmancolor - Cinemascope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Sante Maria Romitelli
  • Song: “Rainbow… vorrei… vorrei” sung by Little Tony
  • Producer: William Sachs

Synopsis

A landowner hires gunman Stark to bring his stepson Fidel back, who ran away and joined a band of outlaws. Stark develops a strategy to lure Fidel away from the gang and trick everyone, but Fidel doesn't really want to get back to his stepfather, and a cat and mouse game unfolds.

Comment

Spara, gringo, spara is told from Stark's point of view, but it is Fidel and his search for identity, in conflict with his different father figures, which keeps the story going. The biological father he never knew, the detested stepfather he knows too well, and his chosen ersatz fathers, Doneghan and later Stark. Compared to the classic US western, in which such an inner struggle would mostly be related to the social values of the pioneer's society, the cynical SW world with its corrupt society offers no reference point, and the sheriffs, as representatives of an unjust law, are killed with casual nonchalance. Bruno Corbucci, the little brother of Sergio, who is mainly known for comedies, shows with this remarkable genre contribution that he was also capable of becoming a competent director of action films.

by Stanton

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