During the height of the Mexican revolution a gang of bandits led by “El Chuncho” (Gian Maria Volonte) are stealing weapons and selling them on to the revolutions leader “General Elias” to aid the cause. During an attack the bandits are making on an armed train, the gang are unexpectedly helped by one of its passengers, the gringo “Bill Tate” (Lou Castel) who kills the driver and stops the train. “Tate” convinces the bandits he is a wanted man facing a death sentence in America. “Chuncho” takes an immediate liking to the young gringo and the gang agree to him joining them. The bandits weapon stealing exploits are greatly improved with the gringo aboard and the friendship between him and “Chuncho” grows. But unknown to the bandits “Bill Tate” has another agenda, one which will take him to the heart of the revolution and “General Elias” himself. —The Spaghetti Western Database
Damiano Damiani (born 23 July 1922) is an Italian screenwriter, film director, actor and writer. He was born in Pasiano di Pordenone, Friuli
Damiani began making short documentaries in the late ‘40s, and was writing and assistant directing features by the mid-’50s. He debuted as a director in 1960 with the prize-winning Il Rossetto (aka Lipstick), and over the decade helmed such offbeat films as the Alberto Moravia adaptation La Noia (aka The Empty Canvas) with Bette Davis, the occult romance La Strega In Amore (aka The Witch), and the violent spaghetti western Quien Sabe? (aka A Bullet for the General).
His contribution to the Italian political cinema, it was very important, with such films as Il Giorno della Civetta (aka The Day of the Owl), Io Ho Paura (aka I Am Afraid), Perchè si uccide un magistrato (aka How To Kill A Judge), L’istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi! (aka The Case Is Closed, Forget It), and much more…
His later films include the crime drama Confessione… read more
With Spaghetti Westerns, commercial cinema provided a lively and genuine commentary on the growing radicalization of the Italian left.