Venditore di morte, Il

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Il venditore di morte (Italy 1971 / Director: Enzo Gicca Palli)

  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Release Date: 17.9.1971

Also known as

La mano nascosta di Dio | English titles The Price of Death | The Last Gunfight | Germany 1000 $ Kopfgeld | Sarg der blutigen Stiefel | Sarg der blutigen Rache | 1000 Dollar Kopfgeld | Der Galgen wartet schon, Amigo! | France La Vengeance De Dieu | Spain El vendedor de muerte [TV title] | Persecucion mortal [video title] | Mexico El pruno de Dios | Portugal O preço do ódio | Sweden Revolvermannen | Uma Forca Para Um Canalha (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Gianni Garko [as John Garko](Silver), Klaus Kinski (Chester Conway/Ray), Mimma Biscardi [as Gely Genka](Polly Winters/Whitaker), Franco Abbina (Jeff Plummer), Luciano Catenacci [as Luciano Lorcas](Sheriff Tom Stanton), Laura Gianoli (Polly's sister), Giancarlo Prete (Reverend Tiller), Luigi Castellato (Randall, banker), Luciano Pigozzi [as Alan Collins](Doctor Rosenthal), Franca de Stratis (Carmen Perades), Andrea Scotti (Coot Steinway, prosecutor), Gualtiero Rispoli (Goodwin), Alfredo Rizzo (Judge Atwell), Giuseppe Castellano (Grant), Paolo Magalotti (Bud / Matt, bouncer)
  • Also with: Giovanni Sabbatini (Manolo Perades), Silvana Bacci (Silver aide), Dominique Badou (prostitute), Fortunato Arena (hangman), Mario Dardanelli (auction attendee), Tchang Yu (undertaker), Giuliano Dell'Ovo (Kurt, deputy), Pietro Torrisi (helpful townsman), Oscar Giustini (helpful townsman), Augusto Funari (miner, helpful townsman), Fulvio Pellegrino (2nd barman), Enrico Chiappafreddo (saloon guest), Maria Tedeschi (juror), Mario Pascucci (juror), Bruno Ukmar (miner), Osiride Pevarello (miner), Renzo Pevarello (miner), Franco Ukmar (miner), Omero Capanna (miner), Calogero Azzaretto (poker player), Augusto Innocenzi (saloon card dealer), Franco Daddi (saloon brawler), Romano Milani (Appleby citizen), Angelo Casadei (Appleby citizen), Aldo Formisano (Appleby citizen, saloon), Franz Colangelo (Appleby citizen), Alfonso Sarlo (Appleby citizen, auction), Aldo Barozzi (Appleby citizen, funeral), Nicola Palumbo (Appleby citizen, saloon)
  • Story: Enzo Gicca Palli [as Enzo Gicca]
  • Screenplay: Enzo Gica Palli [as Enzo Gicca]
  • Cinematography: Franco Villa [Eastmancolor - Cromoscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Mario Migliardi (some tracks recycled from Mátalo!)
  • Producer: Albano Ingrami

Plot

Conway (Kinski) is wrongfully convicted for killing two people in the wake of a saloon robbery. A lawyer and a prostitute related to Conway hire the rich gunman Silver (Garko) to solve the crime and prove Conway's innocence. In the wake of Silver's investigations he uncovers a difficult plot of murder and puts himself and his partners in danger.

Comment

Director Palli had written the screenplay for Killer calibro 32, from which he revived the character of Silver for The Price of Death. Only now with Gianni Garko in the lead Silver comes closer to the more popular Sartana. The film tells a murder mystery (well in fact two) with the usual foreseeable solutions, intersperses a few giallo elements and garnishes it at the oddest moments with some superfluous brawls in the stupidest slapstick manner. SW fast food which surprisingly doesn't taste too bad.

by Stanton

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