Euro Cult Movie Forum => Spaghetti Westerns => Topic started by: IL COMMISSARIO on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:14

Title: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:14
PISTOL FOR RINGO 1965- UNA PISTOLA PER RINGO

Guiliano Gemma, George Martin, Fernando Sancho, Nieves Navarro, Lorella de Luca

Ringo, who is also known as 'Angel Face', is hired by the sheriff of a town that has been ransacked by a wild gang of Mexican cutthroats, to rescue a family being held prisoner in their picturesque ranch by the same gang led by Fernando Sancho. The sheriff and his posse surround the expansive ranch and Ringo manages to slink his way in and sarcastically become a 'member' of the gang while manipulating their leader long enough to allow the sheriff and his men to slowly get in close and wipe them out.

Superb spaghetti western starring one of the greatest and best loved Italian western actors, Guiliano Gemma. Gemma’s Ringo is a sly, mischievous and swaggering hero who has a satchel full of funny and sarcastic quips that help enliven this wonderful Duccio Tessari film.

Gemma's Ringo is an unusual western hero in that he plays with children (essentially a big kid himself) and only drinks milk. His ability to manipulate the bad guys is also unusual. On a couple of occassions, he is nearly killed after being suspected of being a traitor only to talk himself out of certain death. There is even a hint that Ringo may steal the captive daughter away from the town sheriff but the angle is never fully explored. It's only hinted at as it's playfully dangled in front of the audience. The sheriff, whom is righteous and and financially set plays against Ringo, the bad boy, who has pretty much nothing going for him except his cunning and wits which attracts the young female love interest. It's a common trait that women are attracted to men who live on the wild side. Unfortunately, the film doesn't allow the time to expand on this angle and that's fine as there's so much else going on.

There is also a story arc that is explored much further than the above mentioned one. The patriarch of the family tries to seduce the attractive female companion to the brute bandit leader Sancho in an effort to make their escape. Only along the way he actually falls in love with this woman who has never known love or kindness. And she falls for him as well.

The score from the always reliable Ennio Morriconne is wonderful and the main theme was a top ten hit in Italy during its initial release. Tessari seemed to enjoy shooting westerns that took place during Christmas as he revisits the holiday in his ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD also starring Gemma. A highly recommended movie regardless of genre and essential viewing for any western fan. Gemma returned in the unrelated RETURN OF RINGO.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
Post by: LANZETTA on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:34
A highly recommended movie regardless of genre and essential viewing for any western fan. Gemma returned in the unrelated RETURN OF RINGO.

I agree wholeheartedly with your review and theres so much to enjoy about this movie-the wonderful opening sequence,great performances including the lovely femme fatale specialist
Nieves Navarro ,and Morricones extremely addictive GUN FOR RINGO theme.

A long way from Leone,but still essential. ;)
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:37
Not sure if I'd say it's a long way from Leone. As much as I enjoy his movies, I think he's far too overrated especially considering his inability to direct action scenes requiring other directors to do so. A great filmmaker but I think he's swooned over far too much.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
Post by: LANZETTA on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:48
I was referring more to the trademark Leone influenced techniques which many people look for(like i did initially) rather than the quality of the movie.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:52
I see. I never thought of it that way.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
Post by: The Hunchback on 08 Jul 2007 - 21:45
A classic spaghetti!
Features the best cast in the whole genre (which is repeated again in the semi-sequel).
Each character is as lovable as the last.
The only character that is rather dull is the George Martin sheriff.

Fernando Sancho and Gemma give their best roles here.
They repeat them again (more Sancho than Gemma) in "Arizona Colt".
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 15 Nov 2007 - 06:54
My mother called me and wanted to watch a western so I chose this one. Still a superb movie and one of the best ever. Love the score. It's a great shame that classics such as these will never get the full respect they deserve for being "dubbed foreign films". Incidentally, my mom said she'd like to see more Gemma.

Still an upper tier western that any fan of the genre shouldn't be without. Although the Japanese DVD is nice, a full remastering would do wonders for this one. Absolutely love Gemma's swaggering, sarcastic and arrogantly assured character portrayal here. Aside from the wonderful score, Ringo/Angel Face is the most memorable aspect of the film.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: The Hunchback on 15 Nov 2007 - 17:26
I'm due for another viewing this coming Christmas :D
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: LANZETTA on 16 Nov 2007 - 13:08
I'm due for another viewing this coming Christmas :D
Any thoughts yet on that other more recent XMAS sw from Hill & Spencer ,THE FIGHT BEFORE XMAS?
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: The Hunchback on 19 Nov 2007 - 20:40
I'm due for another viewing this coming Christmas :D
Any thoughts yet on that other more recent XMAS sw from Hill & Spencer ,THE FIGHT BEFORE XMAS?

It's in my pile Sean, sorry. ???
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: LANZETTA on 19 Nov 2007 - 22:11
You might as well save it for Xmas,its that sort of soppy over sentimental film thats well suited for the festive season.Its a nice feel good movie,not a patch on the TRINITY films but its still great to see Bud and Terence together once more in a western. :D
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 19 Nov 2007 - 22:24
You might as well save it for Xmas,its that sort of soppy over sentimental film thats well suited for the festive season.Its a nice feel good movie,not a patch on the TRINITY films but its still great to see Bud and Terence together once more in a western. :D

I watched a few minutes of it when I got it and it looks like a nice family oriented film. As you said, nice to see the two together again.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: The Hunchback on 20 Nov 2007 - 01:14
You might as well save it for Xmas,its that sort of soppy over sentimental film thats well suited for the festive season.Its a nice feel good movie,not a patch on the TRINITY films but its still great to see Bud and Terence together once more in a western. :D


Will do. I'll give you the 411 later next month.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: fdsmedia on 15 May 2008 - 10:30
This was also released by the Thai DVD company Triple X Film, available from ethaicd.com for $11.5 including worldwide postage:

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Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Wim C. on 20 May 2008 - 17:03
Says anamorphic widescreen in its specs - does it look better than the shoddy Japanese release ?
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 20 May 2008 - 23:56
Says anamorphic widescreen in its specs - does it look better than the shoddy Japanese release ?
On Xploited it says that it is a mistake on the back of the box

Please note that even though the back of the box states the aspect ratio is 16:9 Anamorphic it is 4:3.

Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Gary B. on 21 May 2008 - 05:54
with the crushed dreams induced by their lackluster Summertime Killer disc, I'm reluctant to buy this one.  I wonder if it's at least the proper aspect ratio (2.35:1)?  for now, I'll just stick with the Italian disc while I attempt to learn more of the Italian language:
http://www.kultvideo.org/scheda.asp?item=18751&type=DVD (http://www.kultvideo.org/scheda.asp?item=18751&type=DVD)
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: spannick on 23 Jun 2008 - 00:03
got a quick Conversation with Koch, the DVDs for both Parts should be coming by End of 2008.
they were delayed for quite some time now.

2.35 (16:9), English, Italian, German Audio.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Gary B. on 24 Jun 2008 - 06:00
That's GREAT news!  thanks for the heads-up.
 :-X
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: fdsmedia on 11 Oct 2008 - 07:36
December 5 from Koch Media, 2.35:1 anamorphic and English audio:

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Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: The Hunchback on 11 Oct 2008 - 19:02
Love the cover but I think I'll just hold on to my Jerksi dvd which seems to have even better picture quality.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 11 Oct 2008 - 19:27
Just been watching some interesting vintage promo clips from Italian tv with Gemma and singer Maurizio Graf on the Stracult spaghetti western episode,also has some behind the scenes footage of Fernando Sancho and Tessari on the set.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Federico on 06 Nov 2008 - 23:09
The extra feature for this dvd is a 20 minutes featurette titled: "THEY CALLED HIM RINGO".
It will feature actress Lorella De Luca and actor Giuliano Gemma.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 12:03
I just watched the Koch disc, it pisses all over the SPO Japanese edition.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 13 Jan 2010 - 20:43
I just watched the Koch disc, it pisses all over the SPO Japanese edition.

Where'd you get this one, Aarron?
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 20:49
I just watched the Koch disc, it pisses all over the SPO Japanese edition.

Where'd you get this one, Aarron?
Someone had a spare one on the spaghetti western forum, all the Koch dvd's seem easy to get apart from the Ringo ones for some reason, i now have 1-12 14-18 in the set, 13 is the second Ringo film, i'm sure i'll get it eventually.(i've got the Japanese disc but 1:i want the set and 2:it's anamorphic.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 13 Jan 2010 - 21:59
I just watched the Koch disc, it pisses all over the SPO Japanese edition.

Where'd you get this one, Aarron?
Someone had a spare one on the spaghetti western forum, all the Koch dvd's seem easy to get apart from the Ringo ones for some reason, i now have 1-12 14-18 in the set, 13 is the second Ringo film, i'm sure i'll get it eventually.(i've got the Japanese disc but 1:i want the set and 2:it's anamorphic.

Yeah, I've got the Japanese Gemma box set with both Ringo movies and two other flicks and a fifth disc, but the first film is 1:85 for some reason.
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 14 May 2013 - 15:09
Maurizio Graf live singing Angel Face.  :P


Ennio Morricone Feat. Maurizio Graf - Angel Face (Una Pistola per Ringo - O.S.T.) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1DEFyIQpAs#)
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Longsden on 17 May 2013 - 09:35
Maurizio Graf live singing Angel Face.  :P


Ennio Morricone Feat. Maurizio Graf - Angel Face (Una Pistola per Ringo - O.S.T.) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1DEFyIQpAs#)

"Singing"  ;D Awesome all the same
Title: Re: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
Post by: Funktion on 15 Aug 2020 - 17:00
In case anyone missed it, Arrow released the film, and its sequel The Return of Ringo, in an affordable Blu-Ray package that is easily superior to past releases.

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