Directed by Duccio Tessari • 1965 • Italy
Starring Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca
This smash hit spaghetti western introduced one of the genre’s most enduring heroes: a clean-cut, milk-sipping sharp shooter who was markedly different from Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name. Giuliano Gemma stars as the eponymous gunslinger, who infiltrates a ranch of Mexican bandits in order to save a beautiful hostage (Nieves Navarro). With its gripping set pieces, stylish cinematography, and memorable Ennio Morricone theme song, A PISTOL FOR RINGO proved to be an enormous success that went on to spawn an official sequel (THE RETURN OF RINGO) and numerous unofficial homages.