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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 (31 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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James Garner (TV's "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files"), in a decidedly different change-of-pace role, is a ruthless outlaw who leads his gang of thieves in search of a fortune in gold in this explosive western adventure. Sledge (Garner) learns of a gold cache stored in a prison fortress and gathers his gang to pursue the loot. Against a backdrop of double crosses, dirty dealings and revenge, their gold lust end in a hail of bullets, two-fisted action and cold-blooded murder. An offbeat spaghetti western in the tradition of Sam Peckinpah, A MAN CALLED SLEDGE was directed and co-written by famed screen heavy, actor Vic Morrow.

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19 of 21 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What ISN'T James Garner great in!! :) July 15, 2012
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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! It was here on time. Thank you, Amazon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Western May 2, 2014
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I love this movie and it is what I would call old school, full of gold guns girls and double crosses. Also in my opinion it has a great musical score.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars A clunky spaghetti Western.
An attempt to capitalize on the Eastwood Dollar trilogy, but this one just doesn't make the cut.
Published 9 days ago by Jeffrey Sandoz
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just a bad movie...speggitti western
Published 10 days ago by Keith Lawhon
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Completamente satisfeito!Obrigado!
Published 19 days ago by Judson Eduardo G.Ribeiro
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not one of James Garner's better movies. It is a spaghetti...
This is not one of James Garner's better movies. It is a spaghetti western but directed by Vic Morrow makes it better than the average spaghetti westerns. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Grandma Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars James Garner made excellent Westerns (along with everything he did)
James Garner made excellent Westerns (along with everything he did), though this was not quite as good as Duel At Diablo, but that's saying a lot. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Paul H. Fackler
3.0 out of 5 stars Garner and Weaver as bad guys?
Casting one actor against type is usually doable but in this "outlaws against all odds as they attempt to rob the gold shipment" western, both James Garner and Dennis... Read more
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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 9 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 13 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 14 months ago by marezo
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