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25 June 1971 (West Germany) See more »
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Two gunfighters separate and experience surreal visions on their journey through the west. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Rubinstein ... Zachariah
Patricia Quinn ... Belle Starr (as Pat Quinn)

Don Johnson ... Matthew
Country Joe and the Fish ... The Crackers
Elvin Jones ... Job Cain
Doug Kershaw ... The Fiddler

William Challee ... Old Man
Robert Ball ... Stage Manager

Dick Van Patten ... The Dude
James Gang ... Job Cain's Band (as The James Gang)
White Lightnin' ... Old Man's Band
The New York Rock Ensemble ... Belle Starr's Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bergman ... Bank Teller (uncredited)

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Pancho the Doorman (uncredited)
Lawrence Kubik ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Country Joe McDonald ... Cracker (uncredited)
Barry Melton ... Cracker (uncredited)

Joe Walsh ... Member of The James Gang (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Old Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by
George Englund 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip Austin 
Peter Bergman 
Hermann Hesse  novel "Siddhartha" (uncredited)
Joe Massot 
David Ossman 
Phil Proctor 

Produced by
George Englund .... producer
Lawrence Kubik .... producer
Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell 
Cinematography by
Jorge Stahl Jr.  (as Jorge Stahl)
Film Editing by
Gary Griffin  (as Gary Griffen)
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Kay 
Costume Design by
Vittorio Nino Novarese  (as Nino Novarese)
Production Management
William Davidson .... production manager (as William C. Davidson)
David Silver .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaime Contreras .... assistant director
Terry Morse Jr. .... first assistant director
Herbert S. Greene .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jorge Fernández .... associate designer
Sam Gordon .... property master
Sound Department
Lyle J. Burbridge .... re-recording mixer
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer
Harry W. Tetrick .... re-recording mixer
Manuel Topete .... sound
Burdick S. Trask .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Albin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Kessler .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Bell .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Robert Sinclair .... location auditor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jimmie Haskell .... conductor
Elvin Jones .... musician: drum solo
Bill Szymczyk .... music coordinator
Joe Tuley .... music editor (as Joseph Tulley)
Other crew
Jose Cueto .... head wrangler
Joe Gannon .... script supervisor (as Joseph Gannon)
Raymond Green .... production assistant
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator
Phill Norman .... title designer
Kenneth O'Brien .... production assistant
Arvo Ojala .... gun coach
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Evelyn Estes .... production secretary (uncredited)
Abe Glazer .... auditor (uncredited)
Clarice Kern .... secretary to director (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Da Westen blev elektrisk" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"O Clamor da Juventude" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Rautainen länsi" - Finland
"Zacarías" - Venezuela (imdb display title)
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93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:A | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Rock and Roll Hesse, 8 November 1999
Author: batzi8m1 from Watsonville, California

Siddhartha done as a Rock and Roll Comedy Western by two of the members of the Firesign Theatre - What's there not to love.

Even if you don't recognize the themes of self discovery based on Herman Hesse's classic story of the Buddha's early journey, this is still a fun movie featuring the classic American western outlaw story done as a send-up.

It's like a light hearted version of El Topo only it made me laugh where the other made me squirm - in a good way. This is not to say that the story is the same as either. It merely shares the same themes.

Particularly amusing are the scenes with Country Joe and the Fish as the bungling highwaymen. Louisiana Man Doug Kershaw as the lone fiddler in black and the James Gang's opening scene are breathtaking and funny at the same time. It reminds me of Hesse's line in Steppenwolf when Mozart laughs at the hero in his dream because he can't hear the music through the static on the radio. This music celebrates the joy of life that epitomized the counterculture rebellion against the darkness of the times.

Max Frisch, the Swiss author, defended an attack on the silence of the Swiss writers during the horrors of Nazi Germany by saying he wanted to set up against that all the other things that still can be called life. This movie was part of that movement -- forget superficial commercial ventures like Hair or JC Superstar or the Tommy movie -- this was the musical of the rock and roll generation as much as Rocky Horror was the musical of the Glam Rock generation. Only back then young people were just grateful to be alive and have any dreams at all. It's no wonder that the votes on this one has old farts like me rating it much higher than anyone else. I guess you had to be there back when these musicians couldn't even get radio airplay. I haven't seen this in nearly twenty years when it last played at one of the revival houses but it's one of the few movies whose scenes I can replay in my mind an laugh out loud. This is how we celebrated all those other things that we still called life.

Although I would no longer condone such practices, this film appears to have been made to also be enjoyable under the influence of the popular psychoactive alkaloids of the era.

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