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Gunslinger’s Revenge (1998)

December 23rd, 2020 | by Nick

Gunslinger’s Revenge (Italian: Il mio West) is a 1998 Italian Western comedy filmdirected by Giovanni Veronesi and starring Leonardo Pieraccioni, Harvey Keitel and David Bowie. The screenplay was written by Veronesi and Pieraccioni, based on the novel by Vincenzo Pardini.

The story begins in 1860 in Basin Field, a small (fictional) village on the slopes of the great mountains that border Canada in the “Far West.” The film depicts the idealistic lifestyle of an old West farmer, his Indian wife and half-breed son, who narrates the tale. The main characters are “Doc” (Pieraccioni), the village doctor, his Indian wife Pearl (Holt)and their son Jeremiah.

Their idyllic life is disrupted when Doc’s father Johnny Lowen (Keitel), an old gunslinger, suddenly shows up on the farm. Johnny says he has returned home to find rest and to finally retire. The family is not happy with his return, given his past lifestyle and mistreatment of his family.

After his arrival in the village, Jack Sikora (Bowie), a killer who has been chasing Johnny for years, and his two henchmen hears he has returned. Jack is determined to kill Johnny, and does everything in his power to force his rival to accept a duel to the death. Mary, the Saloon madam tries to kill Sikora, but is killed in the process. Given Jonny’s reluctance to accept a duel, Jack kidnaps Doc’s son Jeremiah. Johnny accepts the duel in order to save Jeremiah, but ultimately the village idiot manages to kill Jack by an accidental fire.

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