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Title: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: boardwalk_angel on December 30, 2005, 07:38:39 AM
I Lunghi Giorni Dell'Odio (1967) (Long Days of Hate..;..This Man Can't Die)

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Directed by  Gianfranco Baldanello 
Original Music by
Amedeo Tommasi   

Guy Madison ....  Martin Benson
Lucienne Bridou ....  Susy Benson
Rik Battaglia ....  Vic Graham
Rosalba Neri ....  Jenny Benson
Alberto Dell'Acqua  (as Robert Widmark)
Steve Merrick ....  Daniel Benson
Pietro Martellanza.... Tony Guy (as Peter Martell)

In Gianfranco Baldanello's third (of 6) Italian Western...Guy Madison stars as a mercenary undercover agent for the military...  in this minor..but on the whole pretty well done western.

Martin Benson hasn't quite made it home from the war..rather working undercover & gaining a reputation as an outlaw.
As 3 bad guys he helped to capture are hanging in the wind..he's offered a substantial amount of gold to find the leader of the gun & liquor  smuggling operation he's helped to bust up..even as.....gang members are out to get him..& target his family as well.
His parents are killed..younger sister raped..& he & his younger brother set out for revenge...also trying to stay alive..as the remaining family members (2 sisters..2 brothers) are still being stalked.

Madison, of course, knows his way around sixguns, fistfights & horses..& it shows. He's as comfortable to watch as wearing an old pair of worn in jeans.
There are no 'corrida' type showdowns..but some medium to larger gunfights...& probably pretty much how gunfights really were...shooting people anywhere & anyhow you could..in the back..through windows...whatever works.

Amedeo Tommasi's (The House with Laughing Windows ) first & only SW score is imitation Morricone..but good imitation Morricone......strings & horns w/ the dominant electric guitar..& the title vocal tune is a typical catchy SW pop ballad. Overall , among the best Morricone rips I've ever heard.

So what we have here is kind of a mixture of the pre-Leone SW & some post Leone elements......brutality...rape..nudity...& the the usual bloody messes.
I don't believe that a widescreen version of this movie still exists...it's showing up on a lot of those 5..20..50 cheapo Movie packs...the fullscreen is watchable...I do recommend zooming it down to 1/2 if you come across the DVD.
It's worth a viewing.



Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (1967)
Post by: Banjo on December 30, 2005, 12:25:23 PM
Nice review Boardwalk_Angel,i'll keep a look out for this!


Title: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on April 28, 2007, 10:14:37 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066451/

http://www.spaghettiwestern.altervista.org/giorni_odio.htm

Somebody at IMDB found positive points in this revenge story. At the italian db they are less enthusiastic. I'm definetively less than less: this is mediocre at best. Only 2 points worth noting
1) the (partial?) Morricone score (with the chase and Addio Colonnello themes taken directly from FFDM: how was this possible? The score is credited to a Amedeo Tommasi - who apparently had a role in a movie scored by Morricone many years later:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0866896/)

2) Rosalba Neri (wrongly identified at IMDB: she's the saloon girl, Madison's lover), exuding sensuality in every frame.
The rest is nothing you haven't seen before, only better made. The girl playing the shocked raped siste of Guy Madison and Peter Lee Lawrence is embarassing like most of the baddies with their round, latinos faces.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 06:00:44 AM
I agree Titoli,totally forgetable.I got it as part of the Diamond 12 sw bargain box set and its doubtful i'll ever look at it again. :(
 


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:18:32 AM
I agree Titoli,totally forgetable.I got it as part of the Diamond 12 sw bargain box set and its doubtful i'll ever look at it again. :(
 



is that the set with the Johnny Yuma rip from Wild East?

I don't remember this title being in there.


Is "Long Days of Hate" and "Long days of Violence" the same movie?

The latter stars Peter Lee Lawrence.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Eric on April 29, 2007, 04:03:06 PM
Different films. I always see this one listed by its alternate title, "This Man Can't Die."


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 05:11:17 PM

is that the set with the Johnny Yuma rip from Wild East?

I don't remember this title being in there.


Is "Long Days of Hate" and "Long days of Violence" the same movie?

The latter stars Peter Lee Lawrence.
The imdb link brings up This Man Can't Die starring Guy Madison which is on the  box set.

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2878.0


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 10:41:00 PM
Different films. I always see this one listed by its alternate title, "This Man Can't Die."


Oh okay. Alternate title.


Yeah I have a review of this somewhere (in the crappy reviews thread).


Total crap this one is. The main theme is very good though. Reminiscent of the Bond movie themes.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on April 30, 2007, 09:00:03 AM
The main theme is very good though. Reminiscent of the Bond movie themes.
Oh yes,i remember that! :)


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on May 01, 2007, 01:01:53 AM
The girl playing the shocked raped siste of Guy Madison and Peter Lee Lawrence is embarassing


The mention of Lawrence threw me off.

That isn't Lawrence. Lawrence isn't even in this picture.

The actor you confused him with is none other than the incredibly annoying Alberto Dell'Acqua.
He is better known as the actor who plays Franco Nero's irritating kid brother in Texas Adios (Texas Addio).


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on May 01, 2007, 04:41:28 PM
The actor you confused him with is none other than the incredibly annoying Alberto Dell'Acqua.
He is better known as the actor who plays Franco Nero's irritating kid brother in Texas Adios (Texas Addio).
Yes an annoying actor extraordinaire.
Perhaps we sould compile a list of his top 5/10 irritating performances. ;D
At least in Vengeance he dies in the opening scene. :D



Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on May 02, 2007, 12:17:42 AM

At least in Vengeance he dies in the opening scene. :D



I didn't have a problem with him in "Vengeance". It helped that his screen time is considerably less than in his other roles.



Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on May 02, 2007, 10:44:17 AM
I didn't have a problem with him in "Vengeance". It helped that his screen time is considerably less than in his other roles.


Thats what i meant.Its pretty hard to be annoying when you've got a piece of rope pulling on your neck from four directions. ;D
But hold on a minute....i'm forgetting about the flashback sequence aren't i? :-[


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on May 02, 2007, 03:13:55 PM
Thats what i meant.Its pretty hard to be annoying when you've got a piece of rope pulling on your neck from four directions. ;D
But hold on a minute....i'm forgetting about the flashback sequence aren't i? :-[


Yeah but he's barely in the flashback sequence.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on May 02, 2007, 04:52:57 PM
I wrote Peter Lee Lawrence without checking first. Sorry. Sure they look alike.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on May 03, 2007, 12:30:08 AM
I wrote Peter Lee Lawrence without checking first. Sorry. Sure they look alike.


No problem. An honest mistake.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: Banjo on May 25, 2007, 06:11:18 AM
Firecracker's Crappiest SW's review:-

This Man Cant Die.


The opening scene and the finale are all to see in this film. everything else is tedious as hell. The premise is a government agent named Martin benson(Guy Madison) is given a mission to seek and destory some gun runners. the job leads him on a trek home. back at his families ranch there is a massacre. some greedy land grabbers kill his father and mother, all that are left alive are his two younger sisters and two brothers. One of the land grabbers henchmen are shot and left behind, when the children find him he is unconscious and badly wounded. The kids get the idea that if they keep him alive long enough for him to talk, he can rat out those responsible for the murder of there family. So by this time in the film I am thinking "this is cool! The man that is wounded is the man who cant die! so now the bad guys will stop at nothing to silence him before he can talk and the remaining family members must protect him from the onslaught of baddies". To bad none of this comes to pass. Instead we are subjected to a tedious tale of the older sister falling for the baddie she is looking after. this nightengale effect doesnt work at all. Some of the romance scenes are strecthed out for far to long.

meanwhile (during the REAL story) Martn is on his way home when he runs into the gun runners selling their supply to indians. He makes quick work of the  guns by blowing them up and rides off. After this decent action oriented diversion, were right back with the other story of the film, the love story, bleh. Afterwards Martin gets to town and finds out his family has been ambushed and killed. Martin hides out in the saloon with his hooker girlfriend. The baddies go inside the saloon  looking for martin(how do they know he is in town?). Martin rides away from the saloon while the hookers distract the baddies which ends up in a particularly dirty scene with the hookers being beaten and and grabbed in various places of their body. At that point I stopped the film, took a shower, and continued to watch the film.

The last 15 minutes are a decent view. We have a shoot out in the saloon and the final confrontation between Martin and the main villian on the secondfloor of a barn.  The two adversaries duke it out in a fist fight. Martin grabs a noose(for pulling up hay to the second floor I would imagine) and rings it around the villians neck then punches him of the second floor of the barn resulting in the villian being hanged, This visual isnt executed that well but it gets an "A" for effort.

The Actors:

Guy Madison(martin):Martin was the only character I enjoyed in the film. Unfortunatly his exploits have little screen time, the director obviously felt the romance between his Martin's older sister and the wounded baddie was more important, but in reality it holds little importance to the plot.

Martin's little brother(dont know name of actor): this is the same actor that played Franco Nero's younger sibling in "Texas Adios", and I must say he annoyed me to death in that movie. Luckily for him "Texas Adios" is a good film, this is not though.

Susie(dont know name of actress): Martin's ditsy sister. Though she is pretty, she holds no importance to the plot at all, but more time is spent on her doing nothing as opposed to Martin actually trying to make this a watchable film.

The wounded bad guy(dont know name of actor): Gets shot and does nothing the remainder of the film. If he was supposed to be "the man that cant die" because he holds vital information...I just dont see it. There never seems to be anytype of urgency with the fact that he might die from the gunshot, bad guys never come and try to silence him and shortly after the remaining family picks him up he wakes up from his knock out, so why is it they never pop the question(who are you working for?)? If he really had to be awake it would have made more sense if he had amnesia. But no, he is used as a stage prop, only there to fall in love with susie.


The Music: The only saving grace in this film. The main theme is really catchy and there is two scenes where the music was ripped off from "A fistful of dollars"soundtrack.

*note To Ennio Morricone*
Mr. Morricone please sue these hijos de gran putanas ASAP!
sue Uomo sue!!!!!

Also: the title (This man cant die) brings a few questions to mind...Who is this man who cannot die? where does he come from? where did he go? Because he sure as hell isnt in this movie.

Overall:
It is worth a view just for the theme song. I suggest buying it with the "diamond entertainment spaghetti western collection" which comes with 12 other spags. otherwise...STAY AWAY!


CRAP METER:6

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:4


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on November 01, 2009, 02:18:46 PM
Quite an uninteresting SW. One of the few scenes I liked was the saloon girls fighting the baddies.

Just  curious to know whether the original movie is in colour or in B&W. The copy I have (DVD from St. Clair Vision) is full screeen B&W.

4/10


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: stanton on November 02, 2009, 02:04:01 AM
In colour of course.  Eastmancolor. There aren't any b/w SWs.

The 4:3 is probably open matte and for this just ok.

Mediocre western nevertheless.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on November 02, 2009, 06:51:07 AM
There aren't any b/w SWs.


Yes, but if italian and shot after FOD.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on November 04, 2009, 03:06:59 AM
I think Titoli is correct. This one, for example is in B&W and was made in 1964, same year as FoD.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058693/



Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: stanton on November 04, 2009, 04:56:54 AM
Ahh interesting. I didn't knew that.
There were at least still a few US b/w westerns in the early 60s, but the only European one I knew about before is The Singer Not the Song, which is not in every respect a western.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2009, 11:00:16 AM
Ahh interesting. I didn't knew that.
There were at least still a few US b/w westerns in the early 60s, but the only European one I knew about before is The Singer Not the Song, which is not in every respect a western.

And which was shot (and I saw) in colour.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2009, 11:06:33 AM
The other 2 SW I saw in B&W were:


http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=8238.0

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=8041.0



Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: stanton on November 04, 2009, 11:52:59 AM
Ooops, wrong again. Yes The Singer ... was a (Techni)color film. Remembered it somehow in b/w. Well it was damn long ago ...

But these other two pre SWs were according to my German SW bible also color films. Both in Eastmancolor.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2009, 01:51:54 PM
Ooops, wrong again. Yes The Singer ... was a (Techni)color film. Remembered it somehow in b/w. Well it was damn long ago ...

But these other two pre SWs were according to my German SW bible also color films. Both in Eastmancolor.

I doubt whoever listed them ever saw them.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: stanton on November 04, 2009, 02:41:49 PM
German dubbed versions of both exist, but they are probably rare.

Don't know if Bruckner has seen them, at least he has somewhere researched the film data. But there are errors in his book, like in every SW book.
Another author of a SW book has seen one of the 2. Kessler has seen nearly every SW and indicates in the book the few he hasn't seen. He talks about La sceriffa and has seen an Italian version.

In another German western encyclopaedia of the 70s the Oklahoma film is also listed as a color film. Maybe also wrong.


Title: Re: Long Days of Hate (I lunghi giorni dell'odio) (1967)
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2009, 03:06:54 PM
The versions I saw are the ones usually televised by the public channels. Nowhere in the titles is mention made of any colout technique, as far as I can remember. And it would have been strange that in 1959 two small productions like those had been made in colour, as that was reserved only to big budget ventures.
This italian source (quite dependable) confirms the b\w:

http://www.mymovies.it/cast/?id=24956