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A Man Called Sledge (1971)

James Garner , Dennis Weaver , Giorgio Gentili , Vic Morrow  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley, Laura Antonelli
  • Directors: Giorgio Gentili, Vic Morrow
  • Writers: Vic Morrow, Frank Kowalski, Massimo D'Avak
  • Producers: Carl Olsen, Dino De Laurentiis, Harry Bloom
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins. A gunman and his gang go after a cache of gold stored in a prison and then fight over the loot. Directed by Vic Morrow. 1970/color/90 min/R/widescreen.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Spaghetti western January 17, 2003
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A Man Called Sledge stars James Garner as Luther Sledge, an outlaw who attempts to lead his gang in a robbery of an enormous gold shipment guarded by a Gatling gun and a cavalry company. Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver, and John Marley as gang members with other recognizable faces from other spaghetti westerns. Not one of the best westerns made in Italy, but very entertaining. Very pessimistic ending. An excellent musical score( as is typical with spaghetti westerns although it isn't Ennio Morricone). Garner is very good as the lead role, a part similar to his role in Hour of the Gun as Wyatt Earp. Well worth the price!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The curse of other men's gold September 13, 2005
There's a cache of gold stored in that there prison, and notorious outlaw Luther Sledge wants it. The trouble is - how do you rob a gold wagon when it's either locked up in a state prison or is being escorted by forty professionally trained sharpshooters? James Garner plays the title character in A MAN CALLED SLEDGE, a kind of good spaghetti western/big heist hybrid that was written and co-directed by actor Vic Morrow.

The movie treats us to an extended introduction to Sledge before bothering to get to the plot proper. Luther Sledge is the grimmest western character I've seen Garner play, and his foray to the dark side had me worried for a while. Sledge has none of the easy charm of Bret Maverick, or either lead character in Garner's "Support Your Local..." movies. Garner is second only to Cary Grant in his ability to charm his way through a movie. It's that ability - and Jack Elam - that make the "Support Your Local..." movies so much fun. Even cast against type Garner, though, is the best thing about this movie.

If everything in this movie were as good as Garner this one would be a classic. The wide-screen desert location photography, if not quite a feast for the eyes, is certainly a hearty snack. Co-stars Dennis Weaver and Claude Akins were veteran character actors who'd proven in the past they could work up to the material. Unfortunately their characters are underwritten, making of them something less than clichés. The character underwritten to practical invisibility belongs to poor Laura Antonelli, who plays Sledge's love interest. Although their love plays an increasingly important role in the plot, she isn't in the film for more that a couple of brief scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great western July 25, 2011
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Although this is a spaghetti western and overall a good one starring James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Calude Adkins and Wayde Preston. The movie may not be the most famous, but I loved it from the start to the end, James Garner is awesome in this movie. It kind of keeps you in suspense from the beginning to the end when they try to get the gold and then escape. This is a must have for western fans or James Garner fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable film November 8, 2011
This 95 minute 1970 western stars James Garner and Dennis Weaver, both with mustaches, both gunfighters, and robbers, is an enjoyable film. Garner is the boss of a gang of seven men, including himself. Garner hears from an old man about three hundred dollars in gold being held in a strong safe in a prison. He figures out that if he were taken as a prisoner, he and his men could release the over five hundred prisoners, and while the officials are trying to collect the prisoners, he and his men can steal the gold. But, as a song sung during the film says, there is a curse that goes along with other men's gold. Matters go wrong because of love, hate, greed, and gambling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "James Garner" movies out there March 2, 2014
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I have always liked James Garner as an actor and have followed most all of his TV and movies that he starred in. This is one of his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad,not great January 20, 2014
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Not James Garners best but certainly a good enough western at the right price.Story is good,kind of silly in places,great star power,in color,widescreen,92 minutes,and 4 out of 5 transfer to your favorite artists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty May 2, 2013
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This western is gritty and edgy just like all the seventies era low budget westerns. James Garner plays an outlaw, which is out of the norm for him but he does an admiral job of it. The downsides for me were the musical score at certain points in the film. It just didn't fit in for me and certain plot elements could have been better executed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sledge April 18, 2013
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Good actor of days gone by. The western then has always captivated imagination of how things used to be in old western days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a man called sledge
I like James Gardner this one isn't one of my favorites but i want it for my collection, it is an okay movie.
Published 4 months ago by Deanna Jodun
2.0 out of 5 stars A Man Called BAD!!
It wasn't good. Not what I expected. Not that James Gardner could be proud of; or at least not one that I thought Gardner could be proud of.
Published 8 months ago by R. Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars sledge
i'm not going to write a review on my time with directions for so many words so here it is, I was very disappointed and it was not a good copy, only played for about 6-7 minutes.
Published 9 months ago by marezo
2.0 out of 5 stars James Garner at sunset
Unfortunately, since reading James Garner's recent biographical memoir, I think less of him as a man and as an actor. In his all-too-human book, Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr. Morbius
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Rockford, Hated This
When I was about 20 I loved spaghetti westerns. I now realize they mostly stink and this is one of the worst. It was sooo uninteresting. Dull. Pointless. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thoughtful Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Movies
I have always liked James Garner. He plays a great part in this movie too. The movie got to me in one piece so I trust the company that sent it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carl R. Kannady
5.0 out of 5 stars Ilove this movie, it's a great addition to my library, and it's one...
I love this movie, it's a great addition to my library, and it's one (l) that I will be viewing frfom time to time.
Published 17 months ago by Roosevelt Haskell
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Published 17 months ago by delucagd
5.0 out of 5 stars What ISN'T James Garner great in!! :)
We LOVE this movie! It has a kind of bad review but we bought it anyway, and we love it! It is a good old Western, and you grab a bowl of popcorn, and your're SET! Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. Grytness
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