Death Rides a Horse

Death Rides a Horse

American poster for Death Rides a Horse
Directed by Giulio Petroni
Produced by Henryk Chrosicki and Alfonso Sansone
Written by Luciano Vincenzoni
Starring Lee Van Cleef,
John Phillip Law
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Carlo Carlini Technicolor, Techniscope
Editing by Eraldo Da Roma
Distributed by United Artists (US)
Release date(s) 1967
9 July 1969 (US)
Running time 120 min (Italy),
114 min (US)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Death Rides a Horse (aka Da uomo a uomo, or As Man to Man) is a 1967 spaghetti western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. Bill Meceita, a boy whose family was murdered in front of him by a gang, sets out 15 years later to exact revenge. On his journey, he finds himself continually sparring and occasionally cooperating with Ryan, a gunfighter on his own quest for vengeance, who knows more than he says about Bill's tragedy. The film has lapsed into public domain.[1]



  • Lee Van Cleef – Ryan
  • John Phillip Law – Bill Meceita
  • Carlo Pisacane – Holly Spring Station Master
  • Luigi Pistilli – Walcott
  • Anthony Dawson – Bert Cavanaugh/Manina/4 Aces
  • Jose Torres – Pedro
  • Carla Cassola – Betsy
  • Archie Savage – Negro Soldier
  • Mario Brega – One-Eye
  • Guglielmo Spoletini – Manuel
  • Angelo Susani – Paco
  • Giuseppe Castellano – Sheriff
  • Franco Balducci – Lyndon City Sheriff
  • Romano Puppo – Lyndon City Deputy
  • Walter Giulangeli – Mr. Meceita
  • Elena Hall – Mrs. Meceita
  • Bruno Corazzari – bartender
  • Natale Nazzareno – member of Pedro's gang
  • Felicita Fanny – Marita
  • Ignazio Leone – minister
  • Nerina Montagnani – minister's wife
  • Carlo Pisacane – Holly Spring's station master
  • Nino Vingelli – card player
  • Remo Capitani – member of gold escort
  • Giovanni Scarciofolo – Cavanaugh henchman
  • Jose Terron – Walcott henchman
  • Mario Mandalari – Walcott henchman
  • Ennio Pagliani – Walcott henchman
  • Giovanni Petrucci – Walcott henchman
  • Claudio Rufini – Warden
  • Vivienne Bocca – Richard Watson

In popular culture

  • Whenever the angered hero encountered one of the bandits who wronged him and killed his family, footage of the wrong being avenged is superimposed over the hero's face. As a homage, this technique was used by Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill whenever The Bride confronted one of the Deadly Vipers.
  • The main theme of Death Rides a Horse is used in Kill Bill. It is the trilling flute and mixed choral piece played when The Bride calls out O-Ren Ishii and her bodyguards at the House of Blue Leaves.
  • The scene when the main character, Bill, watches his family being murdered is referenced in the animated scene of Kill Bill. Here the skull necklace is depicted as a skull ring, worn by the man who kills O-rens father.
  • "Death rides a Horse" is a 1970 reggae single from the Hippy Boys. It appears on the B-side of Max Romeos single "melting pot" on the Pama Unity label
  • "Death Rides a Horse" is a name of a track on the Russian Circles album Enter

See also

  • List of films in the public domain


  1. ^ These public domain repositories store and offer this film for download: [1][2][3].

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