Death Rides a Horse / Da uomo a uomo (Giulio Petroni, 1967)


(Pacificador) #101

I agree that the money was not Ryan’s primary motivation, that it was quite obviously revenge. He demanded money out of his former partners to twist the knife a little, manipulate them and make them sweat before he eventually killed them. I don’t believe he cared about the money one bit.


(Chazz) #102

For those who have MGM HD channel, it’s on this month. MGM is High definition, uncut, and usually aspect ratio correct.
I may start a new thread so people can see it


(Bill Carson) #103

well that was cool. i had always thought of death rides a horse when seeing kill bill, that was cool to see quentin talking about how the film inspired him. i agree death rides a horse is one of the top of the top westerns outside of leone’s. thanks for the link!


(YourPallbearer) #104

Well that was a very odd video. First of all the complete lack of “Lee Van Cleef” scenes in the archive footage was a bit of a head scratcher to me, and when Tarantino speaks highly of Morricone’s brilliant score they only sample the most mundane of tracks?


(scherpschutter) #105

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It’s mighty cold and wet out here, John
Let’s go to the database

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Death_Rides_a_Horse_Review


(Tigrero) #106

He’s there sitting on his hotel bed shooting a couple of bandits. He even speaks.


(YourPallbearer) #107

You’re right, my mistake. But more screen time was giving to Law.
Anyway, I’m nitpicking.


(Lasky) #108

Just listening to it now on that video i’m sure Jerry Goldsmith nicked the piano riff for THE OMEN. :-X


(Yodlaf Peterson) #109

Not watched this for a few years, i picked up the U.K. mgm disc recently so i decided to revisit it…

and i’m glad i did, i honestly forgot how good this film was, I’d say it was Lee Van Cleef’s best performance after the Leone films.

Ennio Morricone provides a fantastic score (for those of you who have seen Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill you will notice it) and the cinematography is superb, making full use of the beautiful Almeria locations.

The print of the film is good but looks a bit grainy in parts and is presented in aspect ratio 2.35:1.

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(Yodlaf Peterson) #110

Not watched this for a few years, i picked up the U.K. mgm disc recently so i decided to revisit it…

and i’m glad i did, i honestly forgot how good this film was, I’d say it was Lee Van Cleef’s best performance after the Leone films.

Ennio Morricone provides a fantastic score (for those of you who have seen Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill you will notice it) and the cinematography is superb, making full use of the beautiful Almeria locations.

The print of the film is good but looks a bit grainy in parts and is presented in aspect ratio 2.35:1.

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SEB: i tried to merge the two Death rides a horse threads but couldn’t work out how to do it. Please don’t gun me down :slight_smile:


(Goodfella) #111

This film was a huge disapointment. I was really looking foward to it, expecting a down and dirty revenge flick but instead its a rather weak film thats poorly made IMO.

The script is poorly written and sctructured, the editing is sloppy, the direction is messy, etc.

It actually had the making of a pretty cool film but it simply didnt work out that way.

Granted I saw the horrible full screen version of the film so that didnt help but I dont think seeing it again would change my opinion on the whole. Though Id be willing to watch a decent version of it again.


(ION BRITTON) #112

The draw between Van Cleef and Law in the end is the most intense ever- I f*kin’ love it! Top-10 spaghetti for me easily


(YourPallbearer) #113

Agreed with this threads opinion of Law.
Certainly the weakest link in the movie.
Peter Lee Lawrence would have been a better choice.


(Pacificador) #114

[quote=“Goodfella, post:111, topic:172”]This film was a huge disapointment. I was really looking foward to it, expecting a down and dirty revenge flick but instead its a rather weak film thats poorly made IMO.

The script is poorly written and sctructured, the editing is sloppy, the direction is messy, etc.

It actually had the making of a pretty cool film but it simply didnt work out that way.

Granted I saw the horrible full screen version of the film so that didnt help but I dont think seeing it again would change my opinion on the whole. Though Id be willing to watch a decent version of it again.[/quote]

I don’t share your opinion of the film but that’s OK by me…I certainly don’t like every film out there either. I don’t feel compelled to like something just because the majority does.

Having said that if I could make a suggestion it would be to revisit this movie in a few months when you’ve got some more spaghettis under your belt. Make sure you watch the MGM version too, I think you may find it will have grown on you a bit more.

Take your time with these films as they don’t pander to their audiences - some are superb, some are shitty and there are many in the middle. From personal experience I can tell you that some definitely benefit from a few viewings.

Yeah I think they could have done better than Law but I would hardly call it a weak movie.

My two cents…


(Phil H) #115

I can’t guarantee that viewing this film on a decent release will make you change your mind entirely, we all like different stuff after all. But I do concur with Pacificador that you should try it again with the MGM version. It’s a totally different experience and does the film true justice.


(Goodfella) #116

Ill do that.


(Bad Lieutenant) #117

The first time I watched it, it was the dreadful fullscreen version too. I liked it though, so seeing it the way it was intended was even more of a treat.


(Goodfella) #118

Either way it cant hurt the film to see it again in widscreen with good picture quality.


(monco76) #119

Great movie.

Can anybody tell me how the title DEATH RIDES A HORSE of this classic should be interpretated?
Does “DEATH” refer to van Cleef specifically?


(Stanton) #120

Silly title for me. Never understood it myself. Mostly the english titles are very close to the italian ones.
I would like to skip this title and call it Man to Man.