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Uomini dal passo pesante, Gli

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Gli uomini dal passo pesante (Italy, France 1965 / Director: Albert Band, Mario Sequi (as Anthony Wileys))

  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Release Date: 31.12.1965

Also known as

Showdown (U.K.) | The Tramplers (U.S.A.) | Les Forcenés (France) | Die um Gnade winseln (Germany) | Die Trampler (Germany) | Las pistolas del Norte de Texas (Spain) | Tramplers - tappavan aseen hetki (Finland) | I megali nyhta ton pistoleros (Greece)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Gordon Scott (Lon Cordeen), Joseph Cotten (Temple Cordeen), James Mitchum (Hoby Cordeen), Ilaria Occhini (Edith Wickett), Franco Nero [as Frank Nero](Charlie Garvin), Claudio Gora [as Emil Jordan](Fred Wickett), Emma Vannoni (Bess Cordeen), Carlo Calo (as Carroll Brown)(Mrs. Temple Cordeen), Murriel Franklin (Alice Cordeen), Franco Balducci (Pete Wiley), Giovanni Scratuglia (as Ivan Andrews)(Adrian Cordeen), Georges Lycan [as George Lycan](Longfellow Wiley), Dario Michaelis (Burt Cordeen), Lino Desmond (Caleb, sheriff), Edith Peters (Emma), Romano Puppo (as Roman Barrett)(Payne Cordeen), Aldo Cecconi (Jim Hennessy), Silla Bettini (Hogan), Ken Wlaschin (saloon owner), Giovanni Cianfriglia (Cordeen henchman), Virgilio Ponti, Dino Di Nardi, Harry Gerard, Alfred Raichlin, Luciano Rossi
  • Story: "Guns of North Texas" by Will Cook
  • Screenplay: Albert Band, Mario Sequi (as Anthony Whileys)
  • Cinematography: Alvaro Mancori [Eastmancolor, Pathe]
  • Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
  • Producers: Albert Band (as Alfredo Antonini), Alvaro Mancori, Anna Maria Chretien

Synopsis

After the war of secession, the aging Cordeen, who owns thousands of acres in Texas, rules his numerous and quarrelsome sons with an iron hand. He sends them out to deal with the threat of the representatives from the North. However, not all the sons share their father's unlimited hatred for the Northerners and they find it increasingly difficult to obey his despotic commands. To add to the family's unrest, a prodigal son decides to return to the fold, provoking the youngest son to down tools and leave with him.

Comment

Albert Band produced two westerns about a southern patriarch and his sons getting into conflict with themselves shortly after the Civil War. If the unbalanced "The Hellbenders" (directed by Sergio Corbuccci a year later) is the slightly better film, "The Tramplers" is the more self contained, because Band's naive directing is in line with the naivety of the screenplay which tells a potentially complex story in a simplistic manner.

by Stanton

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