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Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.

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Doc Barker
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Crane Adams
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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)
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McKeever
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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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14 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Convite a Um Pistoleiro  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Psycho (1960) house set on the Universal Backlot, was the home for the character "Sam Brewster". See more »

Goofs

In the poker game Jules (Yul Brynner) deals himself a card. When he flicks the card over in inadvertently reveals the card to be a 5 of Hearts. When he finally reveals his cards, they are ALL Kings. Which in itself is usual, however part of the story. See more »

Quotes

Sam Brewster: You got him in the arm
Crane Adams: I aimed for his Reb heart.
Sam Brewster: Your performance is never up to your intentions.
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Version of Playhouse 90: Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) See more »

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10 January 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A modest little matinée western with little in way of style with its methodical direction, but leading the way are the strikingly prominent performances from Yul Brynner, George Segal, Pat Hingle, Janice Rule and backing it up is a lyrically well-oiled script stringed to a customary, but accessibly gripping premise that patiently builds upon its unfolding situations.

A confederate solider Matt Weaver returns back to his small town after the civil war to find out his home has been sold by the dominating town boss Sam Brewster. Causing a ruckus, Brewster hires the interestingly mysterious gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to take care of Brewster; however Jules gets caught up in the devious shades of a town run by corrupt figures.

The way the story pans out is thoughtfully projected and the framework delivers it in an unconventional manner with some psychological interplays. The way the steely protagonist uses the situation to gain what he wants and hand out much needed justice within the shameful town simply holds you there. It's literally chatty, but never does it outstay its welcome. A sternly defined Brynner is outstanding (as the camera magnetically follows him around) and likewise is a booming Hingle. When the action/shoot outs occur they're rather sparse, but toughly staged despite its obvious studio bound sets.


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