Remember man, you are dust, and to dust you'll return. There are a number of great scenes to enjoy, usually where action is concerned, not least the quite exhilarating show-piece involving a jailbreak, where here we are treated to top stunt work as dynamite and a Gatling Gun join the usual bullets and blood carnage. Garner always gets cast as likable rogues because he's so darn good at playing them. Sledge kills Bice, then Hooker Akins , and wounds the escaping old man, who threatens that he has hidden the gold where it can never be found without him. Of course the rest of the gang isn't going to let him get away with this and follows and ambushes him and captures his girl. Unfortunately his earthy likability works against him, as Sledge is a humorless character written to cash in on the popularity of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western character. Sounds bloody great, but it isn't at all.
He's got the title role as Luther Sledge notorious outlaw with a big price on his head. In a Man Called Sledge, which is an Italian western, James Garner is Luther Sledge, the lead man of a group of rebels including Claude Atkins and John Marley. His two main confederates are Ward Dennis Weaver and Hooker Claude Akins. The film runs 93 minutes and was shot in Almeria, Andalucia, Spain, and Rome interiors. Sledge stumbles down the stairs and finds Mallory dead on the floor.
While Morrow was filming ¨Twilight zone : the movie¨ , he was unfortunately killed on the early morning hours of July 23, 1982 in a tragic, freak accident on the set while filming a scene involving a helicopter which crashed right on top of him and two young children. Soundtrack goes from efficient, to unusually jazzy to down right silly, the theme song being particularly atrocious! Another gunfight erupts and a Sledge man dies in a murderous crossfire. They manage to crack the combination and get inside the safe and take the gold. It's got Italian written all over it. Vic Morrow's spaghetti western, probably won't be making too many top ten lists, but its an agreeable flick. The gang escapes and later stop to split the gold, with Sledge taking a double share, which the old man notes aloud.
I want a little taste of living before I go. The film blends violence , thrills , high body-count and it's fast moving and exciting. If nothing else can be said about it, A Man Called Sledge is a slightly above average spaghetti western. Sledge locks the old man up in his former cell, adjoining the cell with the safe, which he heard being opened for years. The old man recounts his prison days.
The film also suffers from an intrusive and gawdawful musical score, and from extremely bad writing and direction by Vic Morrow. The way that Sledge gets out of being taken by Ripley to the Rockville City Jail is clever, too. But by that time the whole film has lost a lot of coherency. So we get camera zooms, low level up-tilts and spins, while the characters range from the foolish to the greedy - to the twitchy and the dumb - and even a howling man! Later, he lashes a crucifix to his hand so he can fire his gun. Claude Akins and John Marley co-star in this Italian Western directed by Vic Morrow. If you sell out your soul, then in Hell you will burn. There are some memorably kooky character creations here and oodles of suspense.
The misfit group of outlaws wind up battling each over a cache of gold. James Garner enthusiasts might be surprised to see the star play a villain. Garner plays the usual sharpshooter who teams up with a few ne'er-do-wells including character actors Claude Akins and Dennis Weaver in order to rob a gold shipment that's heavily guarded. Paper money don't whisper to you like gold does through six inches of steel. But after the thieves actually manage to get away with the bounty, they soon discover that the enemy lies within their midst.
The production values and acting are above-average for a Eurowestern. Many American leading men trailed Clint Eastwood to Europe during the heyday of the Spaghetti western in the 1960s and 1970s. And take care my friend, You must beware. No camaraderie among the guys trying to steal the gold, and no camaraderie among those trying to protect it. Don't let the fact that this movie is one of the later-era spaghetti westerns and has James Garner in it fool you into thinking it's one of those goofy comedy type of Euro-westerns.
And what better way to get access to the treasure than to find ones self imprisoned in the jail. An unorthodox Western thanks to its substantial Italian influence, A Man Called Sledge features a refreshing departure from the affable gunslinger characters that Garner usually played. Luther Sledge Garner is introduced to us as he enters a bar with one of his cohorts. They are five totally different characters, which is the foremost reason why they work out so great together on film. If you sell out your soul, then in Hell you will burn. Ironically, Mallory wins hand after hand.
Entertaining Spaghetti Western with shootouts , action ,violence and amusement. And take care my friend, You must beware. The film was written by Vic Morrow and Frank Kowalski, and was directed by Vic Morrow. Since there is nobody in the story good or bad to warm up to, there is nobody to motivate the necessary suspense to keep the viewer interested. Incarcerated, Sledge frees the inmates and escapes with the booty during the melee. If you sell out your soul, then in Hell you will burn. The film gets grimmer and grimmer as it goes on, building to a climactic shoot-out which works well and fits the subject matter like a glove.
. The old man recounts how he spent time in the jail, with his cell sitting side by side to the safe. The local sheriff Preston recognizes the old man from the prison, causing a shootout, and Sledge and his gang flee. The sturdy acting from the sound cast qualifies as another major asset, with stand-out contributions by Laura Antonelli as Sledge's loyal and worried main squeeze Ria, Dennis Weaver as the laid-back, pragmatic Erwin Ward, Claude Akins as the fierce, hot-tempered Hooker, John Marley as a wily and rascally old man, and Wayde Preston as the vengeful Sheriff Ripley. Although by many to be director Vic Morrow's finest film , this is a tale of fear , greed and murder , as some partners fall out over the gold they have robbed from an impenetrable safe.