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Pistoleros de Arizona, Los

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Pistoleros de Arizona (Spain, Italy, West Germany 1964 / Director: Alfonso Balcázar (as Al Bagran))

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  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Release Date: 31.12.1964

Also known as

5.000 dollari sull'asso (Italy) | Cinquemilla dollari sull'asso (Italy) | Five Thousand Dollars On One Ace (U.S.A.) | Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada (Germany) | El rancho de los implacables (Spain) | 5000 dollars sur l'as (France) | 5,000 dollar på ett äss (Sweden) | 5000 dollaria ston asso (Greece) | Ruudinsavun sankarit (Finland)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Robert Woods (Jeff Clayton), Fernando Sancho (Carrancho), Maria Sevalt (Helen), Jack Stewart (David), Helmut Schmid (Jimmy the Black), Richard Haussler (Attorney Dundee), Hans Nielsen (Judge Keystone), Fernando Rubio, Antonio Molino Rojo (henchman), Jaime Avellan, Barbara Frey, Paco Sanz, Miguel de la Riva, Pedro Gil, Cesar Ojinaga, Alberto Gadea, Carlos Hurtado, Juan Torres, Rafael Angladh, Francisco Garcia, Jose Castellui
  • Story: Alessandro Continenza
  • Screenplay: Jose Antonio de la Loma, Alfonso Balcázar, Alessandro Continenza
  • Cinematography: Roberto Reale [Technicolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
  • Songs: "A Gambling Man" sung by Don Powell, "Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada" sung by Ralf Paulsen, "Kein Gold am Blue River" sung by Ronny
  • Producer: Edmondo Amati

The Film

One of the first paella/spaghetti westerns, and the first one produced by the Balcázar Studios. Woods is a gunman who wins 5000 $ in a poker game and also becomes co-owner of a ranch. A corrupt landowner tries to chase all small farmers from the valley. This early euro western is a modest production, saved only by some nice location work and a flamboyant performance by the great Fernando Sancho as a rascal with a heart of gold, but still as trustworthy as a rattlesnake.

Comment

Typical early SW which has a quite naive story and storytelling, here with seemingly endless and often badly edited fights with fists and guns. Like several others of those mainly Spanish genre contributions it contains on the other hand some good location shooting. Robert Woods in his first (and untypical) SW lead seems to imitate Giuliano Gemma, only that 5000 Dollars on an Ace was made before the Ringo films.

by Stanton

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