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A Pistol for Ringo (1965)

Una pistola per Ringo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Western | 12 May 1965 (Italy)
An 'angel-faced' gunfighter is tasked with infiltrating a ranch overrun by Mexican bandits and saving their hostages, including the fiancée of the local sheriff.

Director:

Duccio Tessari

Writer:

Duccio Tessari (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Giuliano Gemma ... Ringo Angel Face (as Montgomery Wood)
Fernando Sancho ... Sancho
Lorella De Luca ... Miss Ruby (as Hally Hammond)
Nieves Navarro ... Dolores
Antonio Casas ... Major Clyde
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Pedro (as José Manuel Martin)
Manuel Muñiz Manuel Muñiz ... Tim (as Pajarito)
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Mr. Jenkinson - Bank Director (as Juan Casalilla)
Pablito Alonso Pablito Alonso ... Chico - Mexican Boy
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Sancho Gang Member
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Colonel (as Paco Sanz)
Jose Halufi Jose Halufi ... Sancho Gang Member (as José Halufi)
George Martin George Martin ... Sheriff Ben
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Finito in prigione per avere ucciso, per legittima difesa, tre uomini mentre giocava a campana, Ringo viene liberato per infiltrarsi tra i banditi capeggiati da Sancho che, dopo una rapina in banca, si sono asserragliati nella fattoria del maggiore Clyde. Ringo, detto Faccia d'Angelo, chiede il trenta per cento del bottino per la sua impresa, poi, arrivato alla fattoria, svela tutto a Sancho ottenendo il quaranta per cento del bottino per portare in salvo lui e i suoi compari... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The man called Ringo and the river called Rio Grande were two of a kind... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

12 May 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballad of Death Valley See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In the first hunting scenes, shot in the Tabernas desert area, you can see a distant car driving in the background mountains when the sheriff's posse is passing hunting the Mexican bandits. See more »

Quotes

Ringo: It's a matter of principle. I don't operate on man who wears a gun.
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Connections

Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Face
Performed by Maurizio Graf
Lyrics by Gino Paoli (uncredited)
Music by Ennio Morricone (uncredited)
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Tessari Makes This Original and Fun
12 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Pistol for Ringo (1965)

*** (out of 4)

Mexican bandits rob a bank and ride off but the posse following them forces them into a ranch owned by a rich family. The bandits won't allow anyone to get close but the local sheriff offers Ringo (Giuliano Gemma) his freedom if he can get in and save the people there. Ringo manages to get onto the ranch where he decides to play both sides against one another.

A PISTOL FOR RINGO turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting it too and a lot of the credit has to go to writer-director Duccio Tessari. What really sets this film apart from the countless other Spaghetti Westerns is the fact that this one here seems to be spoofing the genre. No, it's not a laugh riot but there's no question that the film has fun with the various trappings that these films usually have.

One thing I really loved was the over-the-top badness from the bandits as they'd really shoot anyone and anything including shooting people in the back. The film was never cruel or mean about it and in fact all of the violence is done in a rather funny manner. The back and forth between Gemma and Fernando Sancho as the main bad guy is also priceless as the two just perfectly work off one another. Their non-stop back and forth is a lot of fun and certainly helps carry the film.

Having the film set around Christmas time was another interesting touch and then you've got Ennio Morricone great score. Throw in the top-notch cinematography and you've certainly got a very entertaining gem. There are a few flaws in the film but there's no question that overall it's a winner


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