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Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo

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Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... parola di Spirito Santo (Italy, Spain 1972 / Director: Giuliano Carnimeo [as Anthony Ascott])

  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Release Date: 30.3.1972

Also known as

Blazing Guns (U.S.A.) | They Call Him Holy Ghost (U.S.A.) | His Name Was Holy Ghost (U.S.A.) | El Halcón de Sierra Madre (Spain) | Y le llamaban El Halcón (Spain) | Ein Halleluja für Spirito Santo (Germany) | Zwei wie Blitz und Donner (Germany) | Lo chiamarono Spirito Santo (Italy) | On l'appelle Spirito Santo (France) | Gringo nimelta 'Pyha Henki' (Finland) | Mannen utan namn - han kallades Holy Ghost (Sweden) | Forewarned, Half-Killed... the Word of the Holy Ghost | Espírito Santo, O Justiceiro (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Gianni Garko (Holy Ghost/Spirito Santo/Harold), Pilar Velázquez (Juana Mendoza), Cris Huerta (Carezza/Chuck/Chicken), Poldo Bendandi (General Ubarte), Paolo Gozlino [as Paul Stevens] (Samuel Crow/Crohn/Bull), George Rigaud (Don Firmino Mendoza), Carlo Gaddi (Capt Fiesta), Franco Pesce (Hernandez brothers, lawyer & engineer), Dada Gallotti (Madam Mae), Nello Pazzafini (Col. Cortacabeza), Tomas Rudy (Lieutenant), Fortunato Arena (Col. Matatodos/May), Federico Boido [as Rick Boid] (Vern Crow/Crohn), Evy Farinelli (Molly, blonde whore), Monica Altomonte, Maria D'Incoronato (whore), Itala Guitto, Lia Ferri, Pasquale Coletta (Ollie Crow/Crohn), Furio Meniconi (Captain Garcia), Maurizio Tocchi (Crow/Crohn brother), Gildo Di Marco (Holy Ghost henchman), Amerigo Santarelli (Holy Ghost henchman), Salvatore Baccaro (Holy Ghost henchman), Gianclaudio Jabes [as Juan Claudio Jabes] (Holy Ghost henchman), Gianni Pulone, Goffredo Unger [as Fredy Unger] (Captain Ortega), Carla Mancini, Aldo Barberito (Brother John), Juan Torres (Esteban), César Ojinaga (Mexican Captain), José A. Maya, Mario Gas, Damian Thorton, H. Ortega, Rodolfo Santamaria
  • Also with: Pietro Ceccarelli (Crow/Crohn brother), Alfonso Sarlo (Don Jaime), Mimmo Poli (bartender), Roberto Dell'Acqua (poker player), Claudio Ruffini (poker player), Luigi Ciavarro (poker player), Rinaldo Zamperla (saloon worker, soldier), Juan Fairen (Coby 'The Bull', boxer), Moisés Augusto Rocha (boxing coach), Altiero Di Giovanni (Holy Ghost messenger), Alberigo Donadeo (soldier), Mario Dardanelli (soldier), Ettore Arena (soldier), Romano Milani (lieutenant), Renzo Pevarello (soldier), Riccardo Petrazzi (soldier), Pietro Torrisi (soldier), Sergio Ukmar (soldier), Angelo Casadei (soldier), Maria De Sisti (fat Mexican wife), Lina Franchi (woman spitting on Don Firmino), Fulvio Pellegrino (townsman)
  • Story: Tito Carpi
  • Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Federico De Urrutia
  • Cinematography: Miguel Fernández Mila [Eastmancolor - CinemaScope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Bruno Nicolai
  • Song: "Libertad" sung by Giulian De Mutis
  • Producer: Luciano Martino

About

Gianni Garko stars as the Holy Ghost, a supernatural gunfighter dressed in white and with a dove sitting on his shoulder. With his sidekick (Chris Huerta), the Holy Ghost rescues some farmers from the fortified prison of the evil General Ubarte, then raids the castle again for gold treasure aided by some local prostitutes. Pilar Velazquez, Jorge Rigaud, Rick Boyd, Nello Pazzafini and Paolo Gozlino are among the familiar faces in the cast, and Bruno Nicolai's odd musical score is a fine accompaniment to such scenes as the Ghost's dove torturing a man for information by pecking at birdseed on his chest. A character with the same name but not connected to this one is played by Vassili Karis in Roberto Mauri's ...e lo chiamarono Spirito Santo (1971) and its sequels Bada alla tua pelle Spirito Santo! (1972) and Spirito santo e le cinque magnifiche canaglie (1972).

Comment

The Holy Ghost, in the incarnation of Gianni Garko, is basically Sartana dressed in white (and with a peace dove on his shoulder). Forewarned, Half-Killed... the Word of the Holy Ghost shows how much Carnimeo had developed his visual skills since his first Sartana film, but it also shows how much Trinità like slapstick had conquered the genre by then (with Chris Huerta in the Bud Spencer role). The kill rate is still high, but unfortunately the comedy parts turn up at the oddest moments replacing shoot-outs and destroying thereby partly what should have been the highlights of the film. But accompanied by a fine Bruno Nicolai soundtrack fans of the director and the star will still have their fun.

by Stanton

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