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Vengeance Is a Dish Served Cold (1971)

La vendetta è un piatto che si serve freddo (original title)
Orphaned by an Indian attack on his family's ranch, Jeremiah Bridger becomes a scalp-hunter but he runs into a crooked rancher whose men, dressed as Indians, kill white farmers for their lands.


Pasquale Squitieri (as William Redford)


Pasquale Squitieri (screenplay) (as William Redford), Pasquale Squitieri (story) (as William Redford) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Leonard Mann ... Jim Bridger
Ivan Rassimov ... Judge Perkins
Elizabeth Eversfield Elizabeth Eversfield ... Tune
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Doc
Klaus Kinski ... Prescott
Enzo Fiermonte ... George Bridger
Gianfranco Tamborra Gianfranco Tamborra ... Jerry as a Boy
Teodoro Corrà Teodoro Corrà ... Boone, Perkins Foreman
Salvatore Billa ... Tom, Perkins Henchman
Isabella Guidotti Isabella Guidotti ... Lucy
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Perkins Henchman
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Perkins Henchman
Yotanka Yotanka ... Yotanka


After witnessing the brutal murder of his entire family by Native Americans as a child, Jeremiah Bridger becomes a merciless Indian-killer and scalp hunter. However, after saving the life of a beautiful Native American girl named Tune, the gunman slowly reconsiders his hatred.

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Release Date:

13 August 1971 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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La Ballata Di Capelli Gialli
Written by Pasquale Squitieri and Piero Umiliani (as Redford - Umiliani)
Sung by Monica Miguel
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Cheap 'spaghetti' lacks flavour
7 March 2004 | by Poison-RiverSee all my reviews

This is a very cheap and rough looking movie, even for a Euro-Western. What makes it worth catching is that it doesn't follow the usual plot of most Spaghetti Westerns, i.e. it doesn't feature the American Civil War or the Mexican Revolution as it's backdrop.

Jim(called Jeremiah in the version I saw) is the only survivor of an attack by Native Americans on his homestead. His entire family are killed, and he grows up to be a hate-filled Indian killer. This changes when he saves an Indian girl from a humiliating 'tar-and-feathering' in the local town. We later find out that it was evil property developers who organised the raid on his homestead and made it look like Indians did it. Jim/Jeremiah takes his revenge.

This has an excellent sub-Morricone guitar driven score, but is ultimately let down by it's cheap look.

And a word of caution; avoid the DVD version that's around at the moment. It claims to be widescreen but is horribly cropped and renders certain scenes nonsensical. 4/10.

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