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A Man Called Sledge
A Man Called Sledge
Actors: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley, Laura Antonelli
Directors: Giorgio Gentili, Vic Morrow
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House
R     2004     1hr 33min

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/22/2009 Run time: 92 minutes Rating: R

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Actors: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley, Laura Antonelli
Directors: Giorgio Gentili, Vic Morrow
Creators: Vic Morrow, Carl Olsen, Dino De Laurentiis, Harry Bloom, Frank Kowalski, Massimo D'Avak
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/30/2004
Original Release Date: 06/09/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 06/09/1971
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Japanese

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Member Movie Reviews

Kerry H. (haasker) from OREGON CITY, OR
Reviewed on 3/28/2016...
Truly awful. Should have been called "A Man Called Sludge". Interesting only for seeing James Garner playing a different type of character than he is known for. Other than that, hopeless tripe. Bad plot, bad acting, so so cinematography, bad direction, nothing more to be said.

Movie Reviews

Late Spaghetti western
T O'Brien | Chicago, Il United States | 01/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A Man Called Sledge stars James Garner as Luther Sledge, an outlaw who attempts to lead his gang in a robbery of an enormous gold shipment guarded by a Gatling gun and a cavalry company. Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver, and John Marley as gang members with other recognizable faces from other spaghetti westerns. Not one of the best westerns made in Italy, but very entertaining. Very pessimistic ending. An excellent musical score( as is typical with spaghetti westerns although it isn't Ennio Morricone). Garner is very good as the lead role, a part similar to his role in Hour of the Gun as Wyatt Earp. Well worth the price!"
The curse of other men's gold
Steven Hellerstedt | 09/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There's a cache of gold stored in that there prison, and notorious outlaw Luther Sledge wants it. The trouble is - how do you rob a gold wagon when it's either locked up in a state prison or is being escorted by forty professionally trained sharpshooters? James Garner plays the title character in A MAN CALLED SLEDGE, a kind of good spaghetti western/big heist hybrid that was written and co-directed by actor Vic Morrow.

The movie treats us to an extended introduction to Sledge before bothering to get to the plot proper. Luther Sledge is the grimmest western character I've seen Garner play, and his foray to the dark side had me worried for a while. Sledge has none of the easy charm of Bret Maverick, or either lead character in Garner's "Support Your Local..." movies. Garner is second only to Cary Grant in his ability to charm his way through a movie. It's that ability - and Jack Elam - that make the "Support Your Local..." movies so much fun. Even cast against type Garner, though, is the best thing about this movie.

If everything in this movie were as good as Garner this one would be a classic. The wide-screen desert location photography, if not quite a feast for the eyes, is certainly a hearty snack. Co-stars Dennis Weaver and Claude Akins were veteran character actors who'd proven in the past they could work up to the material. Unfortunately their characters are underwritten, making of them something less than clichés. The character underwritten to practical invisibility belongs to poor Laura Antonelli, who plays Sledge's love interest. Although their love plays an increasingly important role in the plot, she isn't in the film for more that a couple of brief scenes. Not nearly long enough to sell us on their love, or to care all that much when it's jeopardized. Continuity is another issue that plagues this movie. Some of the action sequences are simply confusing. For instance, at one point in the movie one of the main characters is in trouble. We see the source of that trouble, hear a scream, and then see the injured character tumbling to the ground. But we never see what happened! Whenever it was sloppy editing, not enough second unit film available, or a planned and purposeful exclusion, it doesn't help the movie at all. A tepid endorsement for this one. The story's intriguing, the acting is strong, and it looks pretty.
This is the best western I have ever seen
Evan Pitts | 12/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For some reason, this movie sticks with me. I think maybe it has to do with the feelings certain characters have about their situation: bravery in the face of horror, desperation and traitorism (more of an action that a feeling, but you get my point. It was a very good movie for western fans. James Garner doesn't disappoint."