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His Name Was Sam Walbash, But They Call Him Amen (1971)

Era Sam Wallash!... lo chiamavano... E Così Sia (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 4 February 1976 (France)
A cruel and ruthless bandit kills a tavern owner who had ratted him out to the authorities. Sam Wallbush witnesses the murder, as well as the murder of his brother who happens to get in the... See full summary »

Director:

Demofilo Fidani (as Miles Deem)

Writers:

Demofilo Fidani (as Miles Deem), Mila Vitelli Valenza (as Mila Vitelli)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Woods ... Sam Wallash (as Robert Wood)
Dino Strano Dino Strano ... Mash Flannigan / Mash Donovan (as Dean Stratford)
Benito Pacifico Benito Pacifico ... Hernandes (as Dennis Colt)
Amerigo Castrighella Amerigo Castrighella ... Sturges (as Custer Gail)
Simonetta Vitelli ... Fanny (as Simone Blondell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Piera Bruni Piera Bruni ... Saloon girl
Pietro Fumelli Pietro Fumelli ... Casper
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A cruel and ruthless bandit kills a tavern owner who had ratted him out to the authorities. Sam Wallbush witnesses the murder, as well as the murder of his brother who happens to get in the way of the bandit. Sam swears revenge and sets out for blood. Written by Fryingham

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Western

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Tommy's dead body blinks while lying in the saloon. See more »

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SAVAGE GUNS (Demofilo Fidani, 1971) *1/2
14 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is the first film I've watched from the Italian Ed Wood, Demofilo Fidani aka Miles Deem. The above title was superfluously added later on since there exists another similarly titled 1961 movie starring Richard Basehart which was Hammer Films' Michael Carreras' one and only stab at the Western; the genuine Italian title was originally translated as HIS NAME WAS SAM WALBASH, BUT THEY CALLED HIM AMEN…although it was actually WALLACH in the Italian variant which, of course, implies a tribute of sorts to Hollywood actor Eli!

While certainly not unwatchably bad, instances of clumsiness and ineptitude abound so that I was often cracking up into howls of laughter: a horrid number by a would-be irresistible French chanteuse; a totally irrelevant bar-room brawl; actors doing somersaults when being shot; an aged villager doing an impromptu dance routine; ineffective use (indeed abuse) of slow-motion; and, easily the most preposterous, seeing Gordon Mitchell and Lincoln Tate play two gunfighters (sporting the actors' own names!) hired by the villain to kill off the title character and then never having them appear in the rest of the film at all!!

Lead actor Robert Woods is just that even down to ineffectively whispering the Amens over the bodies of his victims. Supporting actress Simonella Vitelli (actually, the director's own daughter!) as the villain's broad is quite a looker but, unfortunately, she doesn't get to do much in the film – despite having a change of heart towards the end. The main musical theme is actually pretty good but, again, the title song is, in itself, quite lousy.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 February 1976 (France) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Telecolor)
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