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Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

 -  Western  -  14 October 1964 (USA)
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When Confederate soldier Matt Weaver returns to town after the Civil War, he finds that his home has been sold by town boss Sam Brewster. Brewster hires gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing ... See full summary »

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Jules Gaspard d'Estaing
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Ruth Adams
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Matt Weaver
Alfred Ryder ...
Doc Barker
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Crane Adams
Mike Kellin ...
Blind Union Vet
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Kenarsie
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Sam Brewster
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Sheriff
John A. Alonzo ...
Manuel (as John Alonzo)
Curt Conway ...
McKeever
Clarke Gordon ...
Hickman
Gerald Hiken ...
Gully
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Fiddler
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Tuttle
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When Confederate soldier Matt Weaver returns to town after the Civil War, he finds that his home has been sold by town boss Sam Brewster. Brewster hires gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to deal with Weaver, but d'Estaing's independent approach settles the town's problems in a very unorthodox manner. Written by <JeanneArmintrout@juno.com>

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THEY CALL HIM "JEWEL"...ALTHOUGH HE SMOKES EXPENSICE CIGARS AND WEARS FANCY SHIRTS, HE'S A VICIOUS KILLER WHO BRINGS A TERRORIZED TOWN TO ITS KNEES! (original one-sheet poster - all caps See more »

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Convite a Um Pistoleiro  »

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Matt Weaver: I've killed so many men in the last four years, one more don't matter none. Tell me...you pass up your chance, why should I pass up mine?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: Truce for the night.
Matt Weaver: Oh...oh, and you believe when they say I'm crazy?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: So am I. You know it's a funny thing...a man crazy to live takes a chance and dies; a man who doesn't care takes the same chance and gets away with it. That's called Jules Gaspard's Law.
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Compelling tale of a gunman hired by townspeople to protect them from a disgruntled rebel soldier
4 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Studio-slick story with talky screenplay, it starts when Confederate soldier named Matt Weaver (George Segal) goes back to his village after the Civil War, he encounters that his house has been sold by landowner Sam Brewster (Pat Hingle). Brewster hires enigmatic gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Yul Brynner) to deal with Weaver and charged with taking him out but d'Estaing's independent approach settles the issues in a very unorthodox manner . When Jules is assigned for cleaning up the troubled community , he suddenly shifts loyalties and turning the balance of power. Meanwhile , there takes place a lovely triangle among the main characters (Brynner, Segal and Janice Rule).

This is a tremendously exciting story of a gunfighter-for-hire who had only one more killing to go. It begins as a slow-moving Western but follows to surprise us with dark characters and solid plot ; resulting to be a striking piece. Long on dialog but contains an exciting final with surprising duel . The tale is almost grim , a killer comes to a town just in time to make sure its citizenry but later the events get worse . Short on action Western with Brynner as rare gunslinger who is hired as professional murderous to kill outcast Confederate George Segal. The highlights are the violent destruction of the town and the climatic showdown at the ending. Phenomenal and great role for Yul Brynner as avenger angel and bitter gunfighter, he's the whole show at the height of his iconic game . Vivid and lively musical score by David Raksin. Atmospheric cinematography in glimmer color by Joseph McDonald. The motion picture is professionally realized by Richard Wilson (Al Capone , Three in Attic). Wilson was a previous associate of Orson Welles in the Mercury Theatre days and made another good Western as ¨Man with a gun¨, starring Robert Mitchum and ¨Zane Grey¨ episodes. Watchable results for this offbeat Western.


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