I’m hoping someone can help me identify a Spaghetti Western I saw on television as a kid… so it would have been from the 60’s or very early 70’s. The film opens with a group of outlaws riding peacefully into a ranch/town, before brutally slaughtering everyone there… it was a violent scene with children being shot down, a girl being hacked with a machete, etc. The ranch owner’s son was the only man in town and he was sick in bed, and they killed him as well. I specifically remember one of the bandits got a pitchfork to the face and had the scars throughout the rest of the film (like I said, a violent movie). Does anyone have any idea what film this might have been?
Welcome to the SWDB, NilsHelstrom.
It definitely sounds to me like ‘Big Jake’ (1971), starring John Wayne.
Oh, wow, thanks, I need to check this out. I would not have guessed it was a John Wayne movie (I guess that’s why I couldn’t find it), the violence left an impression on me as a kid and I wouldn’t have thought it was ‘mainstream’. Much appreciated!
Yes - this definitely sounds like Big Jake. Contains the old ‘I thought you was dead’ dialogue every time Wayne is seen that later turned up in Escape From New York.
I just ordered up the blu-ray. It will be interesting to see if I feel the same about it as I did when I was a kid!
Nils, let us know what you now think after you’ve watched it again…