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A Man Called Sledge

3.7 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Claude Akins, John Marley, Dennis Weaver, James Garner, Laura Antonelli
  • Directors: Vic Morrow
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Man Called Sledge" on IMDb

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By T O'Brien on 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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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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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 Honey....you're SET! It was here on time. Thank you, Amazon!
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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 dvd....support your favorite artists.
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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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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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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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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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