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Pistol Packin' Preacher (1971)

Posate le pistole, reverendo (original title)
Gunman Slim joins the Italian Pizza baker Geremia and his two daughters to try in various disguises to get a hidden treasure from a respectable banker.

Director:

Leopoldo Savona

Writers:

Aldo Marcovecchio (as Norbert Blake), Leopoldo Savona
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Cast overview:
Mark Damon ... Slim
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli ... Geremia
Veronika Korosec Veronika Korosec ... Lucy
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Barney Solvey (as Richard Melvill)
Giovanna Di Bernardo Giovanna Di Bernardo ... Mary
Amerigo Castrighella Amerigo Castrighella ... Albert (as Amerigo Castrichella)
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... Sacristan
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Doctor
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella ... Solvey henchman
Floranna Di Bernardo Floranna Di Bernardo
Pietro Torrisi ... Bandit with pink scarf
Claudio Ruffini Claudio Ruffini ... Poker player
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini
Francesco Corso Francesco Corso
Raimondo Fulli Raimondo Fulli
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Gunman Slim joins the Italian Pizza baker Geremia and his two daughters to try in various disguises to get a hidden treasure from a respectable banker.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 August 1986 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Pistol Packin' Preacher See more »

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Production Co:

Agata Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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My Name is McFilthy
26 February 2012 | by allenk752See all my reviews

This is a very silly Italian Western, along the lines of the Trinity films, but with a difference: it's loaded with references to the commercial Italian film industry (at the time) and satirical pokes at the Catholic Church.

When we first meet our hero (Mark Damon of "Black Sabbath" and "Fall of the House of Usher" fame), he's trying to shoot a fly off his toe with none of the panache or flair of Jack Elam in "Once Upon a Time in the West." His name is Slim McFilthy, which is indicative of the level of "subtle" humor in this film. He hooks up with an Italian immigrant out to start a pizza business in the West, but who winds up imitating a priest in order to scam the locals (with McFilthy's help).

Along the way there are some clever gags, like McFilthy punching bad guys after a "wind up" like a baseball pitcher ("Here's a knuckleball!"), but there are more dumb ones like McFilthy in drag in bed with the villain, and first arriving in town using a startlingly tasteless imitation of a cripple to scam the townspeople.

What makes this uneven comedy interesting, though, is the references to the Italian film industry: the pizzamaker's two daughters tell him he's "like Hercules ..." "...or Maciste" when he defeats a couple of bad guys; later a townsman shows up with a hand-held Gatling Gun (a la Django) that breaks and won't stop shooting, etc. Even more intriguing are the pokes at the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confession, curses, miracles and even reincarnation are not too gently ridiculed.

All in all, this is not a great Italian Western or comedy, but for nearly every dumb moment in the film, there is a clever one. The direction is haphazard, and Damon's no Terence Hill, but the film is fun.


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