Sugar Colt

Sugar Colt is a 1966 Italian and Spanish Spaghetti Western directed by Franco Giraldi,[1][2][3][4][5] produced by Franco Cittadini and Stenio Fiorentini, written by Sandro Continenza, Augusto Finocchi, Giuseppe Mangione and Fernando Di Leo,[6] composed by Luis Enríquez Bacalov,[7][8] filmed by Alejandro Ulloa[9] and starred by Jack Betts, Joaquín Parra,[10] Soledad Miranda, Georges Rigaud,[11] Antonio Padilla, Giuliano Raffaelli[12] and Hunt Powers.[13][14][15][16] It is the Giraldi's second film after Seven Guns for the MacGregors. The film represents the cinematographical debut for Jack Betts, here credited as Hunt Powers, and it is also Erno Crisa's last film.[17]

Sugar Colt
Directed byFranco Giraldi
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Augusto Finocchi
  • Giuseppe Mangione
Music by
CinematographyAlejandro Ulloa
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Release date
  • 12 October 1966 (1966-October-12) (Italy)

  • 26 August 1968 (1968-August-26) (Spain)
Running time
106 min


Rocco – also called the man with two faces – is visited by Pinkerton, who wants him to investigate the disappearance, and possible kidnapping, of some soldiers. Rocco declines, as he has a good life teaching women self-defence. When Pinkerton is assassinated, Rocco changes his mind and goes to Snake Valley disguised as a doctor. He uses narcotic gas to loosen the tongues, and gets help from a sidekick and two women at the saloon. He is disclosed and heavily beaten, but eventually frees the hostages, while the responsible big boss gets killed.




It was filmed in Tabernas, in the town of El Fraile, in the lodge Los Arcos and in Almería.[1]


With his modernist sheet music, Luis Bacalov created the characters of Sugar Colt, Django,[18] I quattro del pater noster, Chapaqua, Lo chiamavano King and The Man Called Noon.[19]


Sugar Colt was generally well received by critics, and Tullio Kezich defined it as a "little masterpiece".[17] Over 40 years after it was made, Sugar Colt was screened at the 2007 Venice Film Festival in a Spaghetti Western retrospective. Director Franco Giraldi and star Jack Betts were in attendance.

In his investigation of narrative structures in Spaghetti Western films, Fridlund ranges Sugar Colt among Spaghetti Westerns heavily influenced by secret-agent films, because the hero is shown in company with beautiful women, works to uncover a mystery and - unlike the protagonists in A Fistful of Dollars and Django - does not have any complicating secondary motive.[20]


  1. ^ a b Núñez Marqués 2006, p. 152, "Fuentes nominales americanas".
  2. ^ Checa Godoy, Antonio (2005). "Almería y el Spaghetti-western". Las coproducciones hispano-italianas: una panorámica (pan, amor y cine) (in Spanish). Editorial Padilla Libros. p. 47. ISBN 9788484343363.
  3. ^ a b Weisser 2005, p. 391, "Introduction".
  4. ^ Fridlund 2006, p. 274, Films Quoted.
  5. ^ Caparrós Lera, José María (2005). "2002". La Pantalla Popular (in Spanish). Ediciones Akal. p. 197. ISBN 9788446024149.
  6. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 445, "Scriptwriters".
  7. ^ Núñez Marqués 2006, p. 441, "Los músicos (1962-2002)".
  8. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 434, "Music Composers".
  9. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 461, "Cinematographers".
  10. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 405, "Introduction".
  11. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 410, "Introduction".
  12. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 408, "Introduction".
  13. ^ "Sugar Colt". ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Sugar colt". Movistar+ (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  15. ^ Núñez Marqués 2006, p. 399, "Un breve antecedente (1936-1961)".
  16. ^ a b Weisser 2005, p. 304, "Introduction".
  17. ^ a b Giusti, Marco (2007). Dizionario del western all'italiana (in Italian). Oscar Mondadori. p. 546. ISBN 978-88-04-57277-0.
  18. ^ Núñez Marqués 2006, p. 416, "Estertor del pistolero (1976-2006)".
  19. ^ Núñez Marqués 2006, p. 417, "Estertor del pistolero (1976-2006)".
  20. ^ Fridlund, Bert (1 January 2006). The Spaghetti Western. A Thematic Analysis. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company Inc. p. 258. ISBN 9780786425075.


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