Johnny Hamlet

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.[3]

Johnny Hamlet
Directed byEnzo G. Castellari
Screenplay by
  • Tito Carpi
  • Francesco Scardamaglia
  • Enzo G. Castellari[1]
Story bySergio Corbucci[1]
Music byFrancesco De Masi[1]
CinematographyAngelo Filippini[1]
Edited byTatiana Casini[1]
  • Daiano Film
  • Leone Film[1]
Distributed byInterfilm
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)



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.[4] Rossetti stated that after he turned down the offer to direct it feeling that he thought Shakespeare in a Western setting was absurd.[4] 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.[4][5]

Castellari said he was contacted by the producers to direct the film and accepted after liking Corbucci's script.[6] 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."[6]


Johnny Hamlet was first distributed in 1968.[7][8][2] It was distributed by Interfilm in Italy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Quella sporca storia nel West (1968)" (in Italian). Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Grant 2011, p. 449.
  3. ^ Grant 2011, p. 172.
  4. ^ a b c Ercolani 2019, p. 145.
  5. ^ Ercolani 2019, p. 165.
  6. ^ a b Ercolani 2019, p. 164.
  7. ^ Grant 2011, p. 447.
  8. ^ Grant 2011, p. 448.


  • Ercolani, Eugenio (2019). Darkening the Italian Screen:Interviews with Genre and Exploitation Directors Who Debuted in the 1950s and 1960s. McFarland. ISBN 1476635382.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Grant, Kevin (2011). Any Gun Can Play. Fab Press. ISBN 9781903254615.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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