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The Big Gundown (1966)

La resa dei conti (original title)
Approved | | Western | 29 November 1966 (Spain)
Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Franco Solinas (story), Fernando Morandi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Jonathan 'Colorado' Corbett
Tomas Milian ... Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez
Walter Barnes ... Brokston
Nieves Navarro ... The Widow
Gérard Herter ... Baron von Schulenberg (as Gerard Herter)
María Granada María Granada ... Rosita Sanchez
Roberto Camardiel ... Sheriff Jellicol (as Robert Camardiel)
Ángel del Pozo ... Chet Miller (as Angel del Pozo)
Luisa Rivelli ... Willow Creek Prostitute
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Father of Chet Miller (as Tom Felleghi)
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Mr. Lynch
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Hondo - Ex-Union Outlaw
Antonio Casas ... Brother Smith & Wesson
José Torres ... Paco Molinas
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Storyline

Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia, translated by Philip-12

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Knock down... drag out... action!!! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 November 1966 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Gundown See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (original U.S. theatrical release) | (Blu-ray extended special edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite having played on US television over the years, the film never received a physical US release until 2013. See more »

Goofs

When Cuchillo is outside the ranch house betraying the ranch hands, and one of them confronts him from behind a rock, the ranch hand has just worked the action on his single action rifle. You can see that because it leaves the trigger in the back/fire position and that is clearly shown. The camera pans to Cuchillo for about three seconds, and when it comes back to the ranch hand, the hammer is down on the rifle. See more »

Quotes

Cuchillo Sanchez: By yourself, you couldn't catch a limping snail!
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on Movieplex, while using the same HD source as the Grindhouse blu-ray, is actually the 90 minute American theatrical cut. Thus, it's missing the reinstated monastery scenes as well as the scene with Cuchillo and his wife Rosita. This being said, as of this writing, this is the only HD version of the American theatrical cut. See more »

Connections

Followed by Run, Man, Run (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Man, Run
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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Fantastic Italian Western!

As a big fan of Spaghetti Westerns, two of my all-time favorite directors are Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci. Out of all Spaghetti Westerns directed by neither Leone, nor Corbucci, Segio Sollima's "La Resa Dei Conti" aka. "The Big Gundown" is my personal favorite, and doubtlessly one of the greatest films the genre has ever brought forth. An exciting and extremely stylish film with brilliantly drawn characters, "The Big Gundown" is a masterly Spaghetti Western with a political message.

Jonathan Corbett (Lee Van Cleef), a famous gunman and bounty hunter, is sent to hunt down a Mexican small-time crook named Cuchillo Sanchez (Tomas Milian), who is accused of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Corbett is an experienced and successful lawman, but Cuchillo is very clever too. On the his long hunt Corbett gets to know Cuchillo, whose guilt he finds more and more doubtful. Although this is a very serious Spaghetti Western in most of its parts, there are some very funny characters, like the almost cartoonish aristocratic Austrian gunman Baron Von Schulenberg (Gérard Herter), a cold-blooded but extremely arrogant and almost Nazi-ish killer wearing a monocle and always looking neat as a pin.

Sergio Sollima's directing is truly outstanding. The acting is also great, especially the brilliant performances of Tomas Milian and Lee Van Cleef, two of my personal favorite actors. The score by Ennio Morricone is one of a kind, outstanding, even compared to most of the other Morricone soundtracks. In one ingenious part of the movie, for example, Morricone mixes Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Für Elise" with a Mexican guitar and his typical dynamic Spaghetti Western drums. The cinematography and settings are overwhelming in a manner that is en par with Leone. In short: "The Big Gundown" is a formidable gem that even Leone would be proud of, and an Italian Western highlight that no lover of the genre could possibly afford to miss! 10/10


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