Justin McConnell Selects • Western, Classics, Adventure
A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, 'Keoma' truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre...
The legendary Franco Nero (Django; 'The Fifth Cord') stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the Civil War to find his home town riddled with the plague and its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma's own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien, 'Zombie Holocaust'). Keoma's father (William Berger, 'Sartana in the Valley of Death') welcomes his prodigal son's return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos, 'Zombie Flesh Eaters') from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode, 'Spartacus'), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.
Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), 'Keoma' is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, 'Keoma' is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns.
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