At the end of March, VCI will be releasing a pair of Spaghetti Western double-feature discs and this Schlock-Wire entry is devoted to the second of the two (the first was covered here). This disc offers A Bullet For Sandoval, which features Ernest Borgnine in a key role, and Any Gun Can Play, an early effort from beloved Italo-action directing icon Enzo Castellari. The two double-features will also be available as a two-disc, four-film pack. VCI graciously sent copies of these discs to Schlockmania for reviewing purposes so you’ll be seeing write-ups on both in the weeks to come. In the meantime, read on for the bullet-riddled details of this set…
SPAGHETTI WESTERN DOUBLE-FEATURE
A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL
A gritty story of seething hatred and thrilling adventure!
Director: Julio Buchs
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, George Hilton, Alberto De Mendoza, Annabella Incontrera, Gustavo Rojo
(Italian: Los desesperados) John Warner (George Hilton) is a rebel soldier who deserts his outfit on the eve of battle and goes over the border into Mexico to be with his girlfriend when she gives birth to their child. When he arrives Warner finds that his fiancée has died in childbirth and her father, played by Ernest Borgnine, lusts only to kill him. Raw, savage Western fare in the tradition of A Fistful Of Dollars.
105 min / Color / 2.35:1 / PG / 1969
DID YOU KNOW:
Sometimes it is falsely claimed the movie was co-directed by Lucio Fulci, but this is not true. Actor George Hilton has stated so in many interviews.
Ernest Borgnine speaks fluent Italian, and he is the first Oscar winner for Best Actor to be still alive on his 90th birthday.
ANY GUN CAN PLAY
A million dollars is the prize … but the game is deadly.
Directors: Enzo G. Castellari
Cast: Ed Byrnes, Gilbert Roland, George Hilton, Kareen O’Hara
(Italian: Vado… l’ammazzo e torno) is a 1967 spaghetti western starring Gilbert Roland, Ed Byrnes and George Hilton. It follows a familiar pattern of protagonists searching for gold, double-crossing one another and a high body count. The three main characters continually change allegiances and get the upper hand only to be thwarted by fellow outlaws, mysterious insurance investigators and each other.
98 min / Color / 2.35:1 / PG / 1968
DID YOU KNOW:
ANY GUN CAN PLAY was Hilton’s first big role and he is quite winning as “Stranger” as is veteran Roland as the bandit Monetero.
In the opening scene one of the three outlaws is dressed very similar to Clint Eastwood’s character in The Man With No Name.