of the Five Best Spaghetti Westerns!
Italian Title: I GIORNI DELL'IRA [The Day of Anger]
Also Known As: DAYS OF WRATH
starring Lee Van Cleef · Giuliano Gemma · Walter Rilla
· Crista Linder · Piero Lulli · Yvonne Sanson
Italian/German made coproduction is written and directed by one of the
genre's master filmmakers, Tonino Valerii, who made five Spaghetti Westerns.
Of those, three are considered classics: PRICE
OF POWER, My Name Is Nobody and this film.
is another example of the student/teacher theme (similar, in face to
Lee Van Cleef's DEATH
RIDES A HORSE from the same year). Frank Talby is a seasoned
gunfighter who teaches the tricks of the trade to a mistreated orphan
named Scott Mary. As anticipated, the finale finds them facing each
other in a showdown.
Lee Van Cleef started his acting career in 1952 with a co-starring role
in High Noon (he played gunman Jack Colby). Two hundred projects
followed - an avalanche of television roles and movie b-parts - before
he would became an 'overnight sensation' in Europe. In fact, an appearance
on TV's Rawhide in 1964 changed his life. During the shoot [he
played a character named Deck Sommers], Van Cleef befriended the series
star Clint Eastwood. A couple months later, when Rawhide wrapped
after 9 seasons, Eastwood went to Italy to make FISTFUL
OF DOLLARS with Sergio Leone. The European success of that movie
(it wouldn't be released in the USA for another three years) ensured
a sequel. Leone wanted another bounty hunter character for his next
film - FOR
A FEW DOLLARS MORE - and Clint Eastwood recommended Van Cleef.
His role of Col. Douglas Mortimer was unforgettable and that began a
series of Internationally successful films that include THE
GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, the aforementionedDEATH
RIDES A HORSE, THE
BIG GUNDOWN, SABATA,
THE LAW, et al.