Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo
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Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo (Italy, Spain 1971 / Director: Giuliano Carnimeo)
- Runtime: 94 min
- Release Date: 30.3.1972
Also known as
Blazing Guns (U.S.A.) | They Call Him Holy Ghost (U.S.A.) | His Name Was Holy Ghost (U.S.A.) | El Halcón de Sierra Madre (Spain) | Y le llamaban El Halcón (Spain) | Ein Halleluja für Spirito Santo (Germany) | Zwei wie Blitz und Donner (Germany) | Lo chiamarano Spirito Santo (Italy) | On l'appelle Spirito Santo (France) | Gringo nimelta 'Pyha Henki' (Finland) | Mannen utan namn - han kallades Holy Ghost (Sweden) | Forewarned, Half-Killed... the Word of the Holy Ghost
Cast and crew
- Cast: Gianni Garko (Holy Ghost/Spirito Santo/Harold), Cris Huerta (Carezza/Chuck/Chicken), Pilar Velázquez (Juana Mendoza), Víctor Israel (priest), Poldo Bendandi (General Ubarte), George Rigaud (as Jorge Rigaud)(Don Firmino Mendoza), Paolo Gozlino (as Paul Stevens)(Samuel Crow/Crohn/Bull), Nello Pazafini (colonel), Fortunato Arena (Matadodos/May), Aldo Barberito (Brother John), Carlo Gaddi (Fiesta), Franco Pesce (doctor), Monica Altomonte, Salvatore Baccaro (Holy Ghost henchman), Federico Boido (as Rick Boyd)(Vern Crow/Crohn), Pietro Ceccarelli (boxing coach), Antonio Casale, Pasquale Coletta, Gildo Di Marco (Holy Ghost henchman), Maria D'Incoronato, Evi Farinelli, Lina Ferri, Dada Gallotti, Italo Guitto, Gianclaudio Jabes (Holy Ghost henchman), Carla Mancini (unconfirmed), Furio Meniconi, César Ojinaga (Mexican soldier), Riccardo Petrazzi, Mimmo Poli (barman), Gianni Pulone, Thomas Rudy (lieutenant), Claudio Ruffini (poker player), Amerigo Santarelli (Holy Ghost henchman), Maurizio Tocchi, Goffredo Unger (as Fredy Unger) (Captain Ortega), Eagle (dove)
- Story: Tito Carpi
- Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Federico DeUrrutia
- Cinematography: Miguel Fernández Mila [Eastmancolor - CinemaScope 2,35:1]
- Music: Bruno Nicolai
- Song: "Libertad" sung by Giulia Rei (as Giulian De Mutis)
- Producer: Luciano Martino
Gianni Garko stars as the Holy Ghost, a supernatural gunfighter dressed in white and with a dove sitting on his shoulder. With his sidekick (Chris Huerta), the Holy Ghost rescues some farmers from the fortified prison of the evil General Ubarte, then raids the castle again for gold treasure aided by some local prostitutes. Pilar Velazquez, Jorge Rigaud, Rick Boyd, Nello Pazzafini and Massimo Serato are among the familiar faces in the cast, and Bruno Nicolai's odd musical score is a fine accompaniment to such scenes as the Ghost's dove torturing a man for information by pecking at birdseed on his chest. The series continued with Vassili Karis as the Ghost in Roberto Mauri's ...e lo chiamarono Spirito Santo (1972) and its sequels Spirito santo e le cinque magnifiche canaglie (1972) and Bada alla tua pelle Spirito Santo! (1972).
The Holy Ghost, in the incarnation of Gianni Garko, is basically Sartana dressed in white (and with a peace dove on his shoulder). Forewarned, Half-Killed... the Word of the Holy Ghost shows how much Carnimeo had developed his visual skills since his first Sartana film, but it also shows how much Trinita like slapstick had conquered the genre by then (with Chris Huerta in the Bud Spencer role). The kill rate is still high, but unfortunately the comedy parts turn up at the oddest moments replacing shoot-outs and destroying thereby partly what should have been the highlights of the film. But accompanied by a fine Bruno Nicolai soundtrack fans of the director and the star will still have their fun.