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Author Topic: A Pistol For Ringo / Una pistola per Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)  (Read 10954 times)

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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.
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LANZETTA

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Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
« Reply #1 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. ;)
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
« Reply #2 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.
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LANZETTA

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Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
« Reply #3 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.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
« Reply #4 on: 08 Jul 2007 - 15:52 »

I see. I never thought of it that way.
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The Hunchback

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Re: A Pistol For Ringo/Una Pistola Per Ringo (Duccio Tessari)
« Reply #5 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".
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IL COMMISSARIO

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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.
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The Hunchback

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I'm due for another viewing this coming Christmas :D
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LANZETTA

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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?
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The Hunchback

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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. ???
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LANZETTA

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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
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IL COMMISSARIO

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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.
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The Hunchback

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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.
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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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Says anamorphic widescreen in its specs - does it look better than the shoddy Japanese release ?
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