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Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

Une corde un Colt... (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 25 January 1969 (France)
A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.

Director:

Robert Hossein

Writers:

Robert Hossein (scenario), Claude Desailly (scenario) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Mercier ... Maria Caine (as Michele Mercier)
Robert Hossein ... Manuel
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Thomas Caine (as Lee Burton)
Daniele Vargas ... Will Rogers (as Daniel Vargas)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Larry Rogers
Pierre Hatet Pierre Hatet ... Frank Rogers
Philippe Baronnet Philippe Baronnet ... Bud Rogers
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Sheriff Ben
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Vallee Brother
Béatrice Altariba ... Saloon Woman (as Beatrice Altariba)
Michel Lemoine ... Eli Caine
Anne-Marie Balin Anne-Marie Balin ... Diana Rogers
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Storyline

The Rogers family are rich and powerful cattle and land owners. The Caine brothers - Ben, Thomas and Eli - rebel against them and steal a shipment of gold coins. The Rogers are used to settling their affairs personally and kill Ben, while the other two manage to escape, although their house is burned down. Maria, Ben's wife, has only one wish: to avenge her husband's death. Only one person will help her to achieve this end: Manuel, a lonely gunfighter who accepts to help her due to his past relationship with Maria and Ben. Manuel decides to kidnap Diana, the Rogers' beloved daughter, and Maria obliges her father and his three sons to humble themselves on Ben's grave and ask for forgiveness. However, both the Rogers and the Caines' plans for each other go awry... with tragic and deadly results. Written by tanglefreak98 and Movietime SRL

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He knew this ugly business might cost him his life... he had to be clever about it. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

25 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rope and the Colt See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening and epilogue)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hossein intended the film to both a tribute to Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - and a starring vehicle for himself and his friend Michèle Mercier, who was wanting to break away from being typecast as a result of her performance as the title character from Angélique (1964). See more »

Crazy Credits

Robert Hossein dedicates this film to our friend Sergio Leone See more »

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Referenced in Cold Sweat (1970) See more »

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Concerto pour Guitare
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Well developed Paté/Spaghetti Western co-produced by France/Italy and shot in Almeria , as usual .
15 June 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a violent , beautifully crafted as well as exaggerated Spaghetti and packs taciturn acting on cynical characters with bloodbaths including high body-count , sense of style and elaborate narration . It pits ¨Man with no name¨ against two families that are feuding between them , the Rogers and the Caine . As a gunslinger (Robert Hossein) saves the damsel in distress who is also his former flame (Michelle Mercier) and at the same time she is seeking revenge for death her husband . The gunman join forces with the widow pitting the nasty family who uses twisted means to chase them and it terminates in a deadly feud . The pistolero kills various bandits in a gunfight at the saloon , then he is detained and imprisoned by the sheriff . Later on , there takes place kidnapping , killings , street shootouts at a ghost town and tragic events .

This classic Western titled ¨Une Corde, Un Colt..." or "Cemetery Without Crosses" or "The Rope and the Colt" contains slow and deliberating filming , elaborate shoot-outs , and portentous close-ups of grime-encrustred faces with heinous bloodbaths included . It is a strange , slow-moving and almost utterly visual picture with some surprises and well paced . Robert Hossien stars as a leather-clad gunfighter and wearing black glove , drawn into a dramatic facing off between two revengeful families . Hossein plays a drifter similarly to Clint Eastwood's ¨Man with no name¨ from ¨A fistful of dollars¨ and ¨For a fistful of dollars more¨. Fine support cast formed by Italian/French actors , all of them customary Spaghetti such as Guido Lollobrigida or Lee Burton , Daniele Vargas , Serge Marquand , Benito Stefanelli and Ivano Staccioli . Special mention to Michele Mercier as attractive as well as vengeful widow .

This is a well-made French/Italian production , in spite of , there appears usual Spanish secondary players from Paella/Ravioli Western , mostly uncredited , such as Simón Arriaga , José Canalejas , Álvaro De Luna , Charly Bravo , Cris Huerta , Lorenzo Robledo and Angel Alvarez as a Barman likeness to his role in Django . Unforgettable and terrific original music by André Hossein , in Ennio Morricone style , including a catching leitmotif , one of the best of Spaghetti . Worn-out cinematography by Henry Persin , being necessary a nice remastering because of the colors are faded.

This stylish , violent , laconic Western was very well shot by Robert Hossein and is dedicated to Sergio Leone , who made one of the more important scenes . Hossein did revive his career almost instantly on the strength of this film through the main role and filmmaking . Director Robert Hossein claims that Dario Argento was not involved in writing the screenplay with perhaps not more than two dozen lines of dialog ; Dario Argento is listed in the credits on the Italian and German versions but not on the French version . Robert Hossein said that the dinner scene at the Rogers house was directed by Sergio Leone. Rating : Better than average Spaghetti Western .


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