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Quella sporca storia nel west

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Quella sporca storia nel west (Italy 1968 / Director: Enzo G. Castellari)

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  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Release Date: 22.3.1968

Also known as

Johnny Hamlet | Deus Criou o Homem E o Homem Criou o Colt (Brazil) | Django - Die Totengräber warten schon (Germany) | That Dirty Story of the West | Johnny el vengador | Django porte sa croix (France)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Andrea Giordana (Johnny Hamilton), Gilbert Roland (Horace), Horst Frank (Claude), Ignazio Spalla (as Pedro Sanchez)(Guild), Francoise Prevost (Gertrude Hamilton), Stefania Careddu (Eugenia), Gabriella Grimaldi (Ophelia), Ennio Girolami (Ross), Manuel Silvester Serrano (Santana), Franco Latini (gravedigger), Giorgio Sammartino (sheriff), Janos Bartha, Franco Leo, Fabio Pajella, Ugo Aldinolfi, Claudio Trionfi
  • Idea: Sergio Corbucci (based on Hamlet by Shakespeare)
  • Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Francesco Scardamaglia, Enzo G. Castellari
  • Cinematography: Angelo Filppini (Technicolor, Techniscope 2,35:1)
  • Music: Francesco De Masi, Alessandro Alessandroni, Audrey Nohra
  • Song: "Find the Man" sung by Maurizio Graf


Shakespeare is combined with the spaghetti western in this interesting offering. Though the language is modernized, the plot is basically the same as Hamlet. In this version, the hero does not die--instead he rides off into the sunset.


Originally called "Johnny Hamlet", but the Producers decided for the "Quella sporca..." title and the movie kind of bombed at the box office unfortunately.

An explanation by Scherpschutter:

The Italian title means (literally) "That dirty story in the West", not: "That dirty story of the West". So not the West is said to be dirty, but the story; the use of the demonstrative 'quella' indicates in Italian that a specific, well-known story is meant, more than likely Shakespeare's Hamlet. You could read the title as "That dirty (Shakespearean) story (set) in the West"

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