Johnny Hamlet (Italian: Quella sporca storia nel West, lit. 'That Dirty Story in the West' is a 1968 Italian film directed by Enzo G. Castellari. The film is a Spaghetti Western version of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet.
|Directed by||Enzo G. Castellari|
|Story by||Sergio Corbucci|
|Music by||Francesco De Masi|
|Edited by||Tatiana Casini|
- Andrea Giordana as Johnny Hamilton
- Gilbert Roland as Horace
- Horst Frank as Claude Hamilton
- Françoise Prévost as Gertry Hamilton
- Gabriella Boccardo as Emily
- Stefania Careddu as Eugenia
- Enio Girolami as Ross
- Ignazio Spalla as Guild
- Manuel Serrano as Santana
- Franco Latini as The Gravedigger
- Giorgio Sammartino (as Giorgio Sanmartin) as Sheriff
- John Bartha as Acting Troupe Leader
According to director Franco Rossetti, after finishing filming The Dirty Outlaws he was offered to do another Western which was a reinterpreation of Hamlet by Sergio Corbucci. Rossetti stated that after he turned down the offer to direct it feeling that he thought Shakespeare in a Western setting was absurd. Rossetti stated that Corbucci was to direct the film after, which the film's eventual director, Enzo G. Castellari stated he was not sure if that was the situation.
Castellari said he was contacted by the producers to direct the film and accepted after liking Corbucci's script. Castellari however later disliked the films Italian title which translated to "The Dirty Story in the West" stating that "Nobody went to see it. If they'd kept Johnny Hamlet, the response of the public would have been different."
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