California (1977 film)

California is a 1977 Italo-Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Michele Lupo.[1] The film was generally well received by critics and obtained a good commercial success at Italian box office.[2]

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Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byMichele Lupo
Produced byManolo Bolognini
Screenplay byMino Roli
Nico Ducci
Franco Bucceri
Roberto Leoni
Story byFranco Bucceri
Roberto Leoni
StarringGiuliano Gemma
Miguel Bosé
Paola Dominguín
Chris Avram
William Berger
Raimund Harmstorf
Music byGianni Ferrio
CinematographyAlejandro Ulloa
Edited byAntonietta Zita
Uranos Cinematografica
Belma Cinematografica
José Frade Producciones Cinematográficas S.A.
Distributed byCapitol International
Release date
Running time
98 minutes


After the American Civil War gunman California wants to renew his life. He changes his name to Michael Random and seeks a home where he can live in peace. In the war's aftermath he gets to know young Willy Preston. En route to Preston's family, Willy is killed by a gang of criminals under the helm of Robert Whittaker. California informs Willy's kin and falls in love with Willy's sister, Helen. One day they witness Whittaker and his gang robbing a bank; Helen is taken hostage. California is faced with the decision to resort to the merciless shootist he was during the war although it will not spare Helen the gruesome experience of being game to ruthless desperados.



  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese Editore, 1991. p. 137. ISBN 88-760-5935-0.
  2. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. pp. 70–71. ISBN 88-04-57277-9.

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