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« on: April 05, 2005, 07:03:48 AM »

Watched this one on my "sick bed" this morning!  And, as always, have joyyed down my comments on http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns :

"This is one of those films that nearly loses you, but in the end rewards you for sitting through it. It makes for a very good view, despite its leisurely pace at times.

In summary Anthony Quinn stars as a outlaw that is saved by Father John, whom he escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in the hills from indians, who pillage their crops and burn their buildings. When Father John is murdered, the outlaw is mistaken as the man of god by the villagers, and assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves.

Quinn is superb in his role, complimented by Charles Bronson, who plays the bad guy "half breed" Teclo. Sam Jaffe's Father Joseph character is also very likable.

Whilst the movie is quite slow in places, this only helps to plot out the story. Although casting the indians as the "bad guys", it does explain that the massacre of the villagers is no different than what the white man has done to their own race "in the name of god".

The soundtrack is again provided by Ennio Morricone and, whilst not his best work, does help provide the suitable atmosphere, borrowing heavily from some of his other compositions.

Definitely worth a view".

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2005, 05:20:03 PM »

Saw it a few months ago myself it was very watchable.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005, 05:19:06 AM »

Its one of only 3 Spag Westerns that regularly get shown on UK TCM - the others being Rigo & his Golden Pistol, and Son of a Gunfighter.


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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2005, 08:09:36 PM »

  I've always liked the ending to San Sebastian with Quinn riding off into the distance with kinita and morricone's score playing. 

  There is a pretty impressive battle sequence toward the end of the movie too for all those who haven't seen it.  How about a widescreen dvd of this?

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2005, 05:01:33 AM »

Almost manic neck-break opening sequence with Quinn riding into town on the run.
Never seen a horse do a hand-break turn before.  Grin Love the Morricone music that depicts Quinns hard journey to the small village of San Sabastian. Same temperment as the GBU desert theme.

..a great sunday afternoon movie. This was made actually in Mexico with French money not to sure its a Spagetti Western in essense, same goes for Viva Maria filmed the year before.

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2005, 12:42:27 PM »

Yeah, I guess we can loosely call it a "Euro-western" rather than a "Spaghetti" one.  But it is a great flick.  I videoed it about 9 months ago, and hadn't got around to watching it as (for some unknown reason) I didn't think it was going to be very good.  I was very wrong!

I sat and watched it whilst lying on my sick bed (which was far better than me just lying and whinging, which I had been doing for the previous few days).  It didn't cure me, but it made me feel a bit happier for a while at least.

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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2005, 05:02:16 AM »

Yeah, I guess we can loosely call it a "Euro-western" rather than a "Spaghetti" one.  But it is a great flick.

Well its 'counting sticks' on my part. They all came from the same 1960's spark of European interest in the Americas. Its set in 1750 roughly. Thats 100 years' and some, before most of the general settings of the westerns we normally talk about here. lol   

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2005, 11:45:45 AM »

It's a hoot! Love the arrow in the statue. Sam Jaffe superb.

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2005, 04:36:12 PM »

Got hold of a copy of Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears, which also stars Quinn (as well as Nero).  Sounds like a good cast - but yet to see the film.

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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2005, 09:07:34 AM »

Got hold of a copy of Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears, which also stars Quinn (as well as Nero).  Sounds like a good cast - but yet to see the film.

I thought DEAF SMITH was disappointing, on the other hand GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTIAN has always been very watchable.
I think this is one of Morricone's best non- Leone scores. the themes and the vocal work by Edda Dell'orso(from GBU OUATITW) and Gianna Spagnulo(form Navajo Joe-probably misspelled her name) any how, their voices are used to great effect here.
 It's worth watching just as a "Morricone music video Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2005, 01:49:15 PM »

I thought DEAF SMITH was disappointing

Hmmm, maybe I'll move it back further down my list of films I've yet to watch then!!!  Grin

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2011, 05:06:58 PM »

Copied this from Encore Westerns the other day and watched 3/4's of it this morning. Quite good story-character based western. I was a bit surprised to see Charles Bronson as a bad guy.

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2011, 01:05:00 AM »

I thought DEAF SMITH was disappointing

This.

But the final gunfight is a very good one.
Nero plays around with his Django image by not being able to handle a gatling gun.

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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2011, 02:37:00 AM »

The Morricone score is fantastic.

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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2017, 12:40:37 PM »

Just saw this (TCM played it in the summer, I DVR'd it and just watched it now!)

I liked it. 7.5/10

Brief TCM article: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/64099%7C0/Guns-for-San-Sebastian.html

Quinn is great.

This does not seem to be Sam Jaffe's real  voice; he speaks here without his usual German accent?


This is very spaghetti-influenced. The sacreligious Catholicism. The violence. The dirt. This is what the townspeople in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN should have looked like! And changing the title from the book's "A Wall for San Sebastian" to "Guns for San Sebastian" is a very spaghetti thing to do  Grin

I guess this would be a pre-Western; it's set in the 1740's, more than 100 years before the typical Western-movie period!

The TCM print is pretty bad.

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