THE STRANGER AND THE GUNFIGHTER (1974) Western comedy martial arts hybrid – free to watch online

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“The fastest weapon in the West joins the most brutal hands in the East!”
The Stranger and the Shooter is a 1974 comedy western hybrid martial arts film about a Chinese fighter and a sniper who join forces. Also known as blood money

Directed by Antonio Margheriti [as Anthony M. Dawson] from a screenplay co-written by Barth Jules Sussman and Miguel de Echarri. Produced by Gustave M. Berne, Carlo Ponti and Run Run Shaw.

The Hong Kong-Italian-Spanish co-production stars Lee Van Cleef, Lo Lieh, Patty Shepard, Femi Benussi, Karen Yeh, Julián Ugarte and Erika Blanc.

Comments:
“…a fun genre mix: a gritty western with an anti-hero in the lead and a kung fu thrill fest with lots of fights […] the real fun begins once Dakota and Ho Chiang join forces, leading to a thrilling grand finale that’s sure to satisfy fans of both genres. 2,500 films challenge

“…the movie is more of a spaghetti western than a kung fu movie. Even with the hodgepodge of these two genres, it [Antonio Margheriti] is still so good at creating humorous sequences that really made me laugh openly […] I’m not a big fan of spaghetti western comedies, but the comedic touches he brings here work well. Blood brothers

“Lieh blends impressive martial arts abilities with childlike gentleness, while Van Cleef deftly personifies a bully whose boastfulness often exceeds his skills. Although it doesn’t necessarily stand out among the small subgenre of martial arts westerns […] The Stranger and the Shooter offers a pleasant sampler board of sensations from two popular genres. All movies from the 70s

“The script is embarrassing and absurd but has its pleasant moments here and there. The violence is not crude but light and predominates the comedy. Lee Van Cleef is very old and with a wig, his portrayal is woody and graceless…” My Cortes

“The film’s action offerings are pretty thin, limited to a few quick fights and a few shootouts. The martial arts choreography is really weak, so even when Lo Lieh manages to throw kicks, it’s far from anything you’re interested in seeing. Less critical fans will probably enjoy it anyway. Reviews of Silver Emulsion Films

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Cast and characters:
Lee Van Cleef … Dakota
Lieh Lo/Lo Lieh … Ho Chiang
Patty Shepard … Russian mistress/her twin sister
Femi Benussi… italian mistress
Karen Yeh … Chinese Mistress
Julian Ugarte … Yancey Hobbitt
Erika Blanc… American mistress
Tung-Kua Ai … Uncle Wang
Barta Barri … Sheriff
Agustín Bescos … Train Porter
Shen Chan … Warlord Commander
Ping Chen… Wang’s sister
Miao Ching … Mr. Wang
Gene Collins … Fight Promoter
Paul Costello … Wang’s lawyer
Manuel de Blas … Co-owner
Hung Lu … Madame Wang
Ricardo Palacios … Calico
Goyo Peralta … Indian
Georges Rigaud … Lord Barclay
Claudio Ruffini … Shooter

For trailer, YouTube review and free online link, visit page 2

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