Da uomo a uomo (Death Rides A Horse) (As Man to Man) (1967)
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as Bill Meceita
as Walcott - The Bandit Leader
as Burt Cavanaugh
as One Eye
as Manuel Gugliemo
as Village Ggirl
as Mrs. Meceita, Bill's Mother
as Holly Spring Station Master
as Card Player (uncredited)
as Deputy Sheriff
as Walcott Henchman
Critic Reviews for Da uomo a uomo (Death Rides A Horse) (As Man to Man)
Petroni's direction is crude but effective.
If not as luxuriant as Leone or as politicized as Corbucci, the film boasts its own blunt poetry
Audience Reviews for Da uomo a uomo (Death Rides A Horse) (As Man to Man)
An underrated, under-hyped spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef in an unusually empathic role. Nice direction and scoring compensates for some shaky camera work.
While not as polished as the films of Leone or Corbucci, it still has much to offer. An intriguing revenge thriller/dysfunctional buddy flick in which Cleef and Law are selfish bastards whose paths happen to cross. Petroni paints a opaque picture of a world where justice is subjective. If Leone is the Godfather of spaghetti westerns, then Petroni is the inspired uncle. He doesn't hit all the right notes but certainly has the lifeblood of the genre running through his veins. Also, Ennio Morricone (who I am sure has scored every Italian western ever) impresses again with an outlandish score that somehow seems to work perfectly for the film. All in all, an underrated and smart italian western.
While full of common places in the western genre Death Rides a Horse has an identity and flow of it's own. Luciano Vincenzoni, co-writer of Good, bad, and ugly and for a few dollars more, explores this tale of vengeance giving us well build characters and motivations. Petroni's direction is sharp, straight to the point and well paced. Morricone's score gives the proper background of tragedy and sorrow to this tale. Cleef and Law develope a convincing chemistry as mentor and apprenticce. While Law's acting is limited his boyish naive look and reserved performance gives his character the credibility it needs. This is a young man in search for vengeance, a man who saw his family die in frot of him. He's not a character of big emotions because this is not a film about big things, the story is tasting every single detail, squeezing all the juice it can. It takes it's time, and the results are very rewarding. Just beware of all the R1 lousy DVD editions of the film, terrible presentation and cuts. Seems the movie became public domain. Just get the R2 UK DVD for the proper experience.
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