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From The Spaghetti Western Database

Killer Kid (Italy 1967 / Director: Leopoldo Savona)

  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Release Date: 30.9.1967

Also known as

Chamaco (Germany) | Huracan sobre Mexico (Spain) | Oi kataramenoi (Greece) | Captain Morrison

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Antonio De Teffè [as Anthony Steffen] (Killer Kid, Captain Morrison/Chamaco/Scott), Luisa Baratto [as Liz Barrett] (Mercedes Hernandez), Fernando Sancho (Vilar, El Santo lieutenant), Giovanni Cianfriglia [as Ken Wood] (Ramirez), Howard Nelson Rubien (El Santo), Virginia Darval [as Virgin Darwal] (Dolores), Adriano Vitale (Ortiz, El Santo lieutenant), Domenico Cianfriglia (Felipe, Ramirez lieutenant), Bruno Arié (Chico, Vilar lieutenant), Yorgo Voyagis (Pablo), Valentino Macchi, Ugo Adinolfi
  • Also with: Consalvo Dell'Arti (Major), Fedele Gentile (Captain Garrison), Luciano Doria (Sergeant Mulligan), Tom Felleghy (Barnes), Renzo Pevarello (Barnes man), Fortunato Arena (José, El Santo soldier), Remo Capitani (El Santo soldier), Rinaldo Zamperla (El Santo soldier), Marcello Meconizzi (El Santo soldier), Alberigo Donadeo (El Santo soldier), Franco Ukmar (Ramirez soldier), Omero Capanna (Ramirez soldier)
  • Screenplay: Sergio Garrone, Ottavio Poggi, Leopoldo Savona
  • Cinematography: Sandro Mancori [Eastmancolor - Cromoscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Berto Pisano
  • Producer: Elsio Mancuso

Synopsis

Captain Morrison crosses the border into Mexico disguised as the famous Killer Kid to disable the gun running for the revolutionary forces. As he falls in love with the daughter of the wise guerilla leader, El Santo, and understands the ideals that guide the rebels in their fight against the cruelty and corruption of the government's men, he undergoes conflict with his mission to destroy the arms.

Comment

Viewed as a Zapata western this is a minor entry which only pays lip service towards its revolution set subject. Obviously there wasn't much thought spent about our hero sympathising with the revolution and at the same time sabotaging it, so that the story and the content do not work smoothly together. But it's anyway mainly an action vehicle, which works quite well on a moderate level with director Savona getting the best out of the cheap sandpit locations. And for once Anthony Steffen gives a convincing lead (he wears a bigger hat this time than usual) and contrasts nicely with Fernando Sancho (even if he only hams it up in a difficult role) and Ken Wood, who is well cast as a brutish army officer.

by Stanton

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