Renegade Riders

Renegade Riders (Italian: Sette winchester per un massacro, lit. 'Seven Winchesters for a Massacre') is a 1967 Italian spaghetti western film. It represents the official film debut for director Enzo G. Castellari of Few Dollars for Django.[3] The film stars Edd Byrnes and Guy Madison.

Renegade Riders
Directed byEnzo G. Castellari
Screenplay by
  • Tito Carpi
  • Enzo G. Castellari[1]
Story byMarino Girolami[1]
StarringEdd Byrnes
Ennio Girolami
Luisa Baratto
Piero Vida
Guy Madison
Music byFrancesco De Masi[1]
CinematographyAldo Pennelli[1]
Edited byAntonietta Zita[1]
  • Circus Film
  • Fono Roma
  • St. Regis Film International[1]
Distributed byIndipendenti Regionali[1]
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)


Following the American Civil War a bunch of deserter Confederate soldiers dwell in Mexico and make a living on terrorising the villages around. Bounty hunter Stuart and his assistant Manuela put a crackdown on these misdeeds.



Renegade Riders was described by Italian film historian Roberto Curti as Castellari's "official" debut, as it was the first time the director was credited as a director after going uncredited on films such as Some Dollars for Django and A Ghentar si muore facile.[4] The film was shot in Spain with Castellari intentionally trying to duplicate the style of a film that made an impression on him, Sidney J. Furie's The Appaloosa.[4]


Renegade Riders passed the Italian censors on 29 March 1967.[1] It was first released in 1967.[5]


In contemporary reviews, "Murf." of Variety described Renegade Riders as "a gamy slapdash and overly violent Civil War oater drama, made by crude Italian film hands and probably exported in hopes that names of Edd Byrnes and Guy Madison might have the b.o prospects."[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "7 Winchester per un massacro (1967)". (in Italian). Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Variety's Film Reviews 1968-1970. 12. R. R. Bowker. 1983. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "December 11, 1968". ISBN 0-8352-2792-8.
  3. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9.
  4. ^ a b Curti 2013, p. 290.
  5. ^ Grant 2011, p. 443-447.


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