The Big Gundown

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Jonathan Corbett (Lee Van Cleef) is one of the top lawmen in the State of Texas. He's so good at what he does, that he's been approached by Brokston (Walter Barnes), a wealthy speculator and power-broker, about running for the United States Senate. But there's one job that needs doing first which, if Corbett can finish it, will put him in an unchallengable position -- he has to hunt down and capture (dead or alive, with the emphasis on "dead") Cuchillo Sanchez (Tomas Milian), who's wanted for raping and killing a...
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Overview

Jonathan Corbett (Lee Van Cleef) is one of the top lawmen in the State of Texas. He's so good at what he does, that he's been approached by Brokston (Walter Barnes), a wealthy speculator and power-broker, about running for the United States Senate. But there's one job that needs doing first which, if Corbett can finish it, will put him in an unchallengable position -- he has to hunt down and capture (dead or alive, with the emphasis on "dead") Cuchillo Sanchez (Tomas Milian), who's wanted for raping and killing a 12-year-old girl. Corbett does what he does best, pursuing Sanchez relentlessly and on his own level of intense brutality, past the border and into Mexico -- but along the way, Corbett learns what life is like for peasants like Sanchez, and what men like Brokston have to do with it. And he discovers that Sanchez may not be the murderer that Corbett thinks he is.
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Special Features

Exclusive, in-depth interviews with Sergio Sollima, Tomas Milian and Sergio Donati; Audio Commentary by Western film experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke; Liner notes by C. Courtney Joyner and Euro-music expert Gergely Hubai; Extensive still galleries; Trailers; TV spots
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Most critics who didn't know any better used to dismiss the so-called "spaghetti westerns" of the 1960s as nothing but gory shoot-'em-ups. Sergio Sollima's La Resa dei Conti (aka The Big Gundown) shows, as much as Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, precisely how unfair that assessment was -- and while it might lack the scope and ambition of that Leone movie, it's just about in the same league in terms of the rewards that it offers. Even in it's heavily edited US version, which is missing 20 minutes of the original 105-minute Italian release, this movie is chockful of meanings and messages, as well as a lot of heart and even some humor (albeit of the "gallows" variety, once quite literally). Lee Van Cleef, fresh from his two Leone pictures (For A Few Dollars More andThe Good, The Bad & The Ugly), turns in a powerful performance as Jonathan Corbett, once a lawman and now a bounty hunter -- and the top man in both fields in his part of Texas -- who discovers that the powerful people who want to make use of his talents are actually more dangerous than many of the men he has been hunting. It is the mid-1870s, and the robber-barons of the southwest are asserting themselves and their wealth -- Walter Barnes' Mr. Brockston is just such a man, who has linked up with his opposite number in Mexico in hope of building a railroad that will link the two countries (and make Brockston and his allies even more powerful). But Corbett, sent by Brockston to bring in a Mexican criminal (Tomas Milian) who is wanted for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl (and is expected to bring him in dead) soon discovers that not all is at it seems -- that the man he's hunting, whatever else he may have done, may not have committed those particular crimes; and that this semi-official man-hunt may be hiding a much more sinister truth about Brockston and his family. He also discovers that the wealthy Mexicans treat their peasants, including the man he is hunting, worse than animals or slaves; and that Brockston isn't different from any of them, in terms of the people who work for him, including Corbett. It's all a reminder to the lawman (and the US audience, at least), of what it means to be an American, and the meaning of our revolution and the promise that the United States should offer to its neighbors and to people all over the world. Of course, this serious message -- which lies just beneath the surface -- is presented with a furious and graceful assembly of violent and exciting actual sequences, often laced with humor, which was what most audiences were paying to see back in 1967, when it opened around the world. They got a lot more than they bargained for, and the movie holds up astonishingly well, today regarded -- along with Leone's Clint Eastwood trilogy -- as among the finest of the spaghetti western genre. Indeed, seen decades on from its origins, The Big Gundown now compares favorably with such American-made genre classics as Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (with which it shares some aspects of its message). The Italian version, which runs considerably longer, has more depth and also more sustained violence -- that 105-minute edition was shown for the first time (with subtitles) in the United States in June of 2012 at New York's Film Forum, as part of a month-long retrospective on Italian westerns.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • UPC: 797679000928
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Grindhouse Releasing
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Bonus CD
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,665

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Van Cleef Jonathan Corbett
Tomas Milian Cuchilo
Luisa Rivelli Lizzie
Fernando Sancho Capt. Segura
Nieves Navarro The Widow
Benito Stefanelli Jess
Walter Barnes Brokston
Maria Granada Rosita
Lanfranco Ceccarelli Jack
Nello Pazzafini Hondo
Spartaco Conversi Mitchell
Romano Puppo Rocky
Tom Felleghy Chet
Calisto Calisti Miller
Antonio Casas Dance
José Torres Nathan
Angel del Pozo Brokstonm's son-in-law
Roberto Camardiel Jellicol
Technical Credits
Sergio Sollima Director, Screenwriter
Enrique Alarcon Art Director
Carlo Carlini Cinematographer
Sergio Donati Screenwriter
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Adriana Novelli Editor
Raphael Perri Art Director
Franco Solinas Original Story
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Scene Index

#1 -- The Big Gundown
1. Main Titles [2:58]
2. Bad Time for Outlaws [2:09]
3. A Proposition [4:39]
4. Cucillo [2:37]
5. The Wrong Man [2:07]
6. Another Arrangement [1:13]
7. Little Sarah! [4:42]
8. Pig Farm [2:12]
9. Barnie [3:19]
10. The Widow [1:10]
11. Agony Of Love, Lash And Lace [2:51]
12. Hospitality [:49]
13. Pig Pen [2:37]
14. Farm Shoot-Out [3:39]
15. Good Water [4:03]
16. Little Snake [4:52]
17. The Monstery [1:11]
18. Horse Thief [2:16]
19. Brother Smith And Wesson [3:13]
20. Mexico [1:43]
21. Rosita [2:15]
22. Bordello Brawl [1:03]
23. A Peaceful Man [:39]
24. Jail [6:06]
25. Brokston's Business [2:24]
26. The Posse [1:03]
27. Somewhere [1:06]
28. The Search [1:01]
29. Fur Elise [2:35]
30. The Violator [2:24]
31. Where Is He? [:59]
32. Big Ball of Blood [1:23]
33. Hunting Is My Passion [:41]
34. The Cane Fields [:44]
35. Spread Out [4:04]
36. Go On Foot [1:22]
37. The Big Gundown Part 1 [2:10]
38. The Big Gundown Part 2 [3:05]
39. The Man In Charge [2:06]
40. Never! [1:03]
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Menu

#1 -- The Big Gundown
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   Chapters
   Audio Set-Up
      Mono English Language Soundtrack
      Music and Effects Only
      Audio Commentary by C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
   Special Features
      Interviews:
         Sergio Sollima Remembers The Big Gundown - Rome 2005
         Tomas Millian: Acting On Instinct - Miami 2011
         Tagliatelle In Los Angeles: Sergio Donati Interview - San Francisco 2013
         Sergio Sollima: Struggles Against Genre - Rome 2005
         Sergio Donati Bonus Interview - Rome 2005
      Still Galleries:
         Production Stills
         U.S. Promotional Material
         Italian Promotional Material
         French Promotional Material
         Various Promotional Material
      Trailers And TV Spots:
         U.S. Theatrical Trailer A
         U.S. Theatrical Trailer B
         Italian Theatrical Trailer
         Play All TV Spots
            TV Spot A
            TV Spot 1
            TV Spot 2
            TV Spot X
            TV Spot Y
      Filmographies:
         Sergio Sollima Filmography
         Tomas Milian Filmography
         Sergio Donati Filmography
      Grindhouse Releasing Previews
         Grindhouse Releasing Previews:
            Play All
               An American Hippie In Israel
               The Swimmer
               Gone With The Pope
      Disc Credits
      DVD-ROM Content
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  • Posted December 29, 2014

    This film is a major contribution to the genre, not only of the

    This film is a major contribution to the genre, not only of the so-called Italian western, but also of the western genre in general. Van Cleef is masterful in his portrayal of Jonathan Corbett and clearly demonstrates just how ill-used he was for so many years in American films. The excellent score by maestro Morricone adds to the film's remarkable achievement as well.

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