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Il prezzo del potere (Italy, Spain 1969 / Director: Tonino Valerii)

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  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Release Date: 18.12.1969

Also known as

The Price of Power (U.S.A.) | La muerte de un presidente (Spain) | Texas (France / U.K.) | Blutiges Blei (Germany) | Tappajan tie (Finland) | Dallasin surmanluodit (Finland) | A Bullet For The President (U.S.A.) | La muerte de un presidente (Spain) | Ringo y el precio del poder (Spain) | O preço do poder (Portugal/Brazil) | Det blodiga Dallas (Sweden) | En hämnares väg (Finland) | Texas' tavse hævner (Denmark) | O kynigos ton 7 symmorion (Greece) | Cena Vlasti (Serbia)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Giuliano Gemma (William 'Bill' Willer), Fernando Rey (Pinkerton), Van Johnson (President James Garfield), Warren Vanders (Arthur McDonald), Antonio Casas (Mr. Willer), Benito Stefanelli (Sheriff Jefferson), Frank Braña (Mortimer), José Calvo (Doctor Strips), Angel Alvarez, Maria Jesus Cuadra (Lucretia Garfield), Ray Saunders (Jack Donovan), Jose Suarez (Vice President), Manuel Zarzo (Nick), Mike Harvey (Wallace), Julio Pena (Governor of Texas), Lorenzo Robledo (Brett), Massimo Carocci, Angel del Pozo, Norma Jordan, Franco Meroni, Luis Rico Pelaez, Maria Luisa Sala, Francisco Sanz, Ralph Neville, Lisardo Iglesias, Joaquin Parra, Jose Canalejas, Riccardo Pizzuti, Carlos Bravo, Roberto Camardiel
  • Story: Massimo Patrizi, Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Screenplay: Massiomo Patrizi
  • Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Technicolor, Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Luis Enríquez Bacalov
  • Producer: Bianco Manini


The US civil war has ended and President Lincoln is dead. The new president is planning a trip to Dallas, Texas. In the Dallas Sheriff's office a prisoner is being interrogated about a plot to assasinate the president. Thus begins The Price Of Power, Tonino Valerri's allegory of the assasination of President Kennedy and racial politics in 1960s America.


Italian director Tonino Valerii recreates a fistful of JFK conspiracy theories in Western settings with this bizarre look at the assassination of President James Garfield in 1890 Dallas. Granted, the assassination really occurred in Washington in 1881, but Valerii and screenwriter Massimo Patrizi don't let their allegory be ruined by facts. Anyway, it's a well-made film, with cinematography by Stelvio Massi and a suitably stentorian soundtrack by Luis Enrique Bacalov, but its appeal is probably limited to fans of Euro-oaters. Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Rey, and Van Johnson star, while genre enthusiasts will recognize veterans Frank Brana and Antonio Casas.

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