40 Graves for 40 Guns (1971)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Aka Machismo, 40 Graves for 40 Guns stars James Lemp, Gary Kent and Gary Graver as the leaders of notorious Harris Gang. Since nearly half the cast is identified as "member of the Harris gang," it's clear this isn't any two-bit operation. Conducting raids on Mexican border towns, the gang indulges in wanton killing, looting and raping. But when they steal a pure gold cross, they've gone too far. Operating on the theory that it takes a rat to catch a rat, the Federales spring a hardened convict (Robert Padilla) from jail and put him in charge of a posse comprised of fellow prisoners. If the posse catches the Harrises, they'll be pardoned. If not... This is sort of film where there are no good guys, just various degrees of bad. The ending is predictably bloody, and unpredictably ironic. Combining elements of The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch, 40 Graves for 40 Guns deserves to be better known.



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