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Minnesota Clay

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Minnesota Clay (Italy, Spain, France 1964 / Director: Sergio Corbucci)

  • Runtime: 87 / 91 min
  • Release Date 12.11.64

Also known as

L'homme du Minnesota (France) | Le justicier du Minnesota (France) | Seis Balas Assassinas (Portugal)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Cameron Mitchell (Minnesota Clay), Georges Rivière (Sheriff Fox), Ethel Rojo (Estella), Patrizia Del Frate [as Diana Martín] (Nancy and Elisabeth Mullighan), Alberto Cevenini [as Anthony Ross](Andy), Fernando Sancho (Dominigo Ortiz-Mendoza), Antonio Casas (Uncle Jonathan), Gino Pernice (Scratchy), Joe Kamel (Francisco), Ferdinando Poggi [as Nando Poggi](Tubbs), Pietro Tordi (barman), Madelaine Dehecq, Julio Peña (Doctor Stevens)
  • Also with: Simón Arriaga (Ortiz henchman), Álvaro de Luna (Miguel), Ángel Menéndez (Milton / Malcolm), Antonio Jiménez Escribano (Señor Ortiz), José Manuel Martín (Ortiz henchman), Guillermo Méndez (Fox henchman), Fernando Sánchez Polack (Fox henchman), Mario Morales (drinking Fox henchman), José Riesgo (Ortiz bandit)), Alfonso Rojas (murdered merchant), Enrique Santiago (Ortiz bandit), Joaquin Solís (prisoner breaking rocks), Filippo Antonelli (Fox henchman), Carlos Villafranca, Toni Fuentes, Manuel Peña
  • Story: Adriano Bolzoni
  • Screenplay: Adriano Bolzoni, Sergio Corbucci, José Gutiérrez Maesso
  • Cinematography: Jose F. Aguayo [as Pepe Aguayo] (Eastmancolor - Panoramico 1,85:1)
  • Music: Piero Piccioni


An ageing gunfighter, who was sentenced wrongly, manages to escape from prison. He then seeks out the one man who can prove his innocence and is caught thereby in a fight between two rival gangs. Because he is slowly going blind, he must make use of his enhanced sense of hearing.


Made at the same time as Fistful of Dollars and premiered shortly thereafter (without having much success), this entertaining early SW already shows most of the typical trademarks of the genre in a primarily satisfying way. Only the aging hero is more modelled after American standards, but here he has also to deal with his diminishing eyesight. Not the last SW hero with a physical handicap. It was Corbucci's real SW debut (after working more or less on the average Massacre at Grand Canyon) and was the first Italian Western on which the director didn't hide behind an American sounding pseudonym.

Two endings of the film exist, one which ends directly after the final shootout, while the other one has 4 extra minutes, including a last shot not less absurd then the unused alternative end of The Great Silence. ( by Stanton )

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