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Testa t'ammazzo, croce... sei morto... Mi chiamano Alleluja

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Testa t'ammazzo, croce... sei morto. Mi chiamano Alleluja (Italy 1971 / Director: Giuliano Carnimeo [as Anthony Ascot])

  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Release Date: 8.4.1971

Also known as

They Call Me Hallelujah (U.K.) | Deep West (U.K.) | Guns for Dollars (U.S.A.) | Heads I Kill You, Tails You're Dead! They Call Me Hallelujah (U.S.A.) | Heads You Die... Tails I Kill You (U.S.A.) | Man nennt mich Halleluja (Germany) | Y ahora le llaman Aleluya (Spain) | Pile, je te tue face, tu est mort in m'appelle Alleluia (France) | On m'appelle Alleluia (France) | Juveljagten (Denmark) | Juveljakten (Sweden) | Dom kallar mej Hallelujah (Sweden) | Haleluya (Turkey) | Chamo-Me AlelĂșia (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: George Hilton (Hallelujah/Alleluja), Charles Southwood (Alexi Grand Duke Viosarevich Koperkin / Alexi Ivanovic 'The Bear'), Agata Flori (Sister Anna Lee), Roberto Camardiel (General Emiliano Ramirez), Paolo Gozlino (Fortune), Andrea Bosic (Johannes Krantz), Linda Sini (Gertrude), Aldo Barberito (Father Victoriano Pacheco), Franco Pesce (Ebenezer), Federico Boido [as Rick Boyd](Frank/Duke Slocum), Paolo Magalotti (Krantz henchman), Ugo Adinolfi, Lino Coletta (Jake, Fortune henchman), Fortunato Arena (Yucca sheriff), Goffredo Unger [as Freddie Unger](Butch, Fortune monk), Rocco Lerro [as Lerro Rocco](Fortune henchman), Gaetano Scala (Fortune monk), Claudio Ruffini (Krantz henchman)
  • Also with: Furio Meniconi (saloon loudmouth), Luciano Rossi (Russ, Fortune mill henchman), Amerigo Santarelli (Cookie, Fortune monk), John Bartha (laundry trespasser), Lina Franchi (villager), Sergio Smacchi (Fortune monk), Aldo Berti (Fortune monk), Antonio Basile (Fortune monk), Marcello Meconizzi (Fortune henchman), Bruno Ukmar (Fortune henchman), Giglio Gigli (Trace, Fortune mill henchman), Renzo Pevarello (soldier, villager), Riccardo Petrazzi (soldier, laundry worker), Sergio Ukmar (laundry worker), Rinaldo Zamperla (laundry worker), Arnaldo Dell'Acqua (laundry worker), Oscar Giustini (laundry worker), Mauro Mannatrizio (laundry worker), Filippo Perego (government official), Calogero Azzaretto (Ramirez bandit), Adriana Bruno (villager), Romano Milani (Yucca deputy)
  • Story: Tito Carpi
  • Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Giuliano Carnimeo [as Anthony Ascott]
  • Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Eastmancolor - Cinemascope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Stelvio Cipriani
  • Producer: Dario Sabatello

Synopsis

An exciting story based on the revolution of the Mexicans against the domination of their country by the European emperor Maximilian. General Ramirez, fighting for the Mexican leader Juarez, orders Hallelujah to seize the purse of jewels with which Maximilian plans to purchase weapons. Hallelujah finds this no easy assignment as he has to fight off bandits, outwit secret agents, a so-called Russian prince and other scoundrels.

Comment

"Towards the end of the SW cycle, a lot of films got goofy, especially after the international success of They Call Me Trinity. Obviously the audiences didn't want to take these movies serious anymore. This is one of the goofiest, and it still succeeds in being "laugh-out-loud" funny. Elements from the Revolutionary westerns, the Super Hero Gunslinger films, and even the James Bond films get mixed together to create a stew filled with mischievous mayhem and massacre" (William Connolly)

Silly is another good word to describe Carnimeo's best directed western, but here the overall silliness works, though always on the edge of crashing down, for the film. If you can enjoy the scene in which Charles Southwood, after being tortured, awakens and breaks into a (fake?) Russian dance, which suddenly turns into a way to knock out his tormentors, than you will most likely enjoy the whole film. Not forgetting to mention another plus factor, the beautiful, often percussive soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani.

by Stanton

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