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Title: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: JamesK on July 18, 2006, 08:55:57 AM
Thanks to the miracle of Bit Torrent, I was able to see A Coffin for the Sheriff, a relatively obscure 1965 Italo-western starring Anthony Steffen and shot in large part in and around the same town set as was used in A Fistful of Dollars.

While I wouldn't say that A Coffin for the Sheriff is bad, I've definitely seen better.  The film has appeal beyond the occasional episode of, "Hey, I recognize that façade!" I found it interesting that the character of Shenandoah was largely a decent fellow, whereas many later Italo-westerns delved so deeply into the nihilistic side of the subgenre that their protagonists were little better than the men they killed.

Oh, and Luciana Gilli was smokin' hot.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: Banjo on July 18, 2006, 09:20:18 AM
Italo-westerns delved so deeply into the nihilistic side of the subgenre that their protagonists were little better than the men they killed.
Well isn't that the point  of sw's post FOD?I've got Coffin For The Sheriff in my pile of sw's to watch so i'll give this a look shortly.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: JamesK on July 18, 2006, 09:23:49 AM
Well isn't that the point  of sw's post FOD?
I'm not sure if one can reduce an entire genre, or even a sub-genre, to a single POV.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 18, 2006, 09:44:05 AM
Will be getting this within days.
interesting title.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: JamesK on July 18, 2006, 10:30:22 AM
interesting title.

I'll definitely agree on that count.  Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the movie.  :P


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 18, 2006, 03:33:39 PM
I'll definitely agree on that count.  Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the movie.  :P

if its pre FOD I wouldnt think it would be anymore than average fair. You should get some other titles before you opt for this one.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: JamesK on July 18, 2006, 06:22:12 PM
if its pre FOD I wouldnt think it would be anymore than average fair. You should get some other titles before you opt for this one.

I've already seen it, so not seeing it isn't an option.

Anyway, as I mentioned, the film came out in 1965 (after Fistful of Dollars) and even uses some of the same locations.  That makes it definitively post-Leone.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 18, 2006, 09:50:22 PM


Anyway, as I mentioned, the film came out in 1965 (after Fistful of Dollars) and even uses some of the same locations.  That makes it definitively post-Leone.

ok?

I thought we were talking about pre leone.

If you want an above average pre-leone you should check out "The Hills run red". Interestingly it came out a few months before FOD and it has the same style and cynical attitude. So I guess Leone cannot take full credit for creating a genre.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: Banjo on July 19, 2006, 06:19:30 AM
Hills Run Red is 1966 ;D

Just watched Coffin For The Sheriff -i'll write some more under Weissers thread because as usual his review is a pile of crap-but this is a MEDIOCRE sw (not even in my top 150) and unfortunately Shenandoah is a dull role for Steffen,catch him in the excellent No Room To Die instead ;)  . He ain't quite the decent fellow(harbouring counterfeit money) as stated(thankfully) as Fajardo will attest judging by the number of shots Steffen tactifully puts into him before killing him-and the other guys he doesn't hesistate too much to gun down.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 19, 2006, 01:23:48 PM
Hills Run Red is 1966 ;D


yes I realized that last night. My Mistake. ignore what I said.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: Banjo on May 26, 2007, 04:25:23 PM
Arizona Colts  review:-

A COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF- 1965-A pretty good Anthony Steffen western who enjoyed a great deal of popularity throughout the cycle although nearly all his films are just average with none of them being overly memorable. It isn’t a bad thing only none I’ve seen particularly stand out. This is one of the better ones with some good action scenes, a beautiful damsel in distress and a vicious villain played by the always Eduardo Fajardo.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: titoli on March 14, 2008, 06:31:57 AM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058942/

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

This is a Caiano movie, a guarantee for mediocrity. Still this has 2 or 3 points of interest: Fajardo's performance (always spot on othe various expressions required from the situation), the final shootout which is original (or at least I never saw it before).

Who says (at IMDB) that there is no reason for the title has missed some lines.
Someone has made much of Luciana Gilli: I think her bloated face  is no attractive at all.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: The Firecracker on March 14, 2008, 04:47:26 PM


Who says (at IMDB) that there is no reason for the title has missed some lines.




Perhaps in Italian? The english print has no mention of a coffin for a sheriff. There is a sheriff, and if I recall he does get killed but a coffin is not provided.

Saw this many months ago (might have been a year already) and I enjoyed this quite a bit. I wouldn't call it mediocre, more like traditional.
And as Titoli said, the final showdown in the town square is good.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: titoli on March 14, 2008, 06:04:02 PM
When Steffen is held in thrall by the gang, Calvo asks somebody to go to the cemetery and look for some coffin to put Steffen in.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on March 23, 2009, 09:39:55 PM
I'll definitely agree on that count.  Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the movie.  :P

Actually, it does. When Shenandoah is captured by Lupe Rojo's gang after discovering that he is the traitor (about 50 minutes into the movie), Lupe tells one of his men: "Pablo, go have a look in your graveyard and see if there is a coffin in good condition". Obviously, the idea was to kill Shenandoah. Later, towards the end of the movie, we find that Shenandoah is in fact US Marshall Joe Logan.

THe movie is OK to watch, though the acting is more than questionable: the fight scenes are not too convincing, the kissing between Lupe's woman and Shenandoah is clearly fake, etc. I liked the score from Francesco de Masi and the song "I am an lone and angry man" by Peter Tevis.


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: titoli on December 17, 2015, 03:19:13 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIQmj60wUCg


Title: Re: Una bara per lo sceriffo aka A Coffin for the Sheriff (1965)
Post by: Spikeopath on May 07, 2017, 12:04:45 AM
Currently showing on UK Freeview.

You Dirty Rat.

Una bara per lo sceriffo (AKA: A Coffin for the Sheriff/Lone and Angry Man/Tomb for the Sheriff) is directed by Mario Caiano and written by David Moreno and Guido Malatesta. It stars Anthony Steffen, Eduardo Fajardo, Fulvia Franco, George Rigaud and Armando Calvo. Music is by Francesco De Masi and cinematography by Julio Ortas.

In the grand scheme of things as regards Pasta Westerns, Mario Caiano's Oater is strictly routine. The plot is the basic lone gunman out for revenge theme, where in the weathered scuzzy frontage of Anthony Steffen, it involves the infiltration into a gang of scum-bags to get said revenge.

It's atypical of the genre around this time, it's a picture more concerned with raising the pulse rather than making any sort of thematic statements. There's no great style to praise, the dubbing is poor, the fight choreography weak, while all the foxy women on show are given short shrift big time. However, the action is never far away, thus ensuring the pic is never ever dull.

Steffen makes for a cool dude under pressure, the actor would make a telling contribution to the genre with director Caiano, and he's given a number of scenes to hone his gruff rough and tough persona. The villains, fronted by an excitable Lupe Rojo (Calvo) and a maniacal Murdoch (Fajardo) are great fun. There's a great score from De Masi to help things along, and a super title song warbled by Peter Tevis lands in the ears and stays there. Hell! There's even a comedy old geezer doing his best Moore Marriott impression to keep us perky.

It's clichéd, it doesn't utilise the locales or the Widescreen format and it is scared to deviate away from the Spag Western film making 101 play book. Yet sometimes for genre fans this sort of fare is enough for a good time to be had, and so it proves. 6.5/10