• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream February 2021 UPDATES: Spaghetti Westerns

New year, new me, new you, same pandemic! It's time to revisit Grinding the Stream for February 2021. As per usual, I'm including as many movies as I can per each category as I scour Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, HBO Max, Peacock, Fandor, Shudder, Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Crackle, Dark Matter TV, Night Flight, Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime). Arrow started their own paid service recently, so I'm going to start including them where applicable.

Due to flimsy copyright, many free services, including YouTube, have loads of spaghetti westerns to choose from. So, for this entry, I’m also adding one more free-with-ads app, Spaghetti Westerns Draw, which overlaps with other grey market/budget apps/streaming sites, as well as Amazon Prime. Again, be warned – all of the free apps have ad breaks (I know, it sucks) and the video quality is inconsistent from app to app. Sometimes it's genuine HD, other times, it's sub-VHS. I've also included links to my own reviews of some of these films.



Sergio Leone's Western

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, 1966) – Amazon Prime

  • Once Upon a Time in the West (Italian: C'era una volta il West, 1968) – Amazon Prime and Criterion Channel

  • My Name is Nobody (Italian: Il mio nome è Nessuno; co-directed with Tonino Valerii, 1973) – Tubi and Roku Channel


Sergio Corbucci Westerns

  • Massacre at Grand Canyon (Italian: Massacro al Grande Canyon; co-directed with Albert Band, 1964) – Tubi

  • Django (1966) – Midnight Pulp, Tubi, Roku Channel, and VUDU Free

  • Ringo and His Golden Pistol (Italian: Jonny Oro, 1966) – VUDU Free

  • Navajo Joe (1966) – VUDU Free

  • The Mercenary (Italian: Il mercenario, 1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Compañeros (Italian: Vamos a Matar Compañeros,1970) – Tubi, Roku Channel, and VUDU Free


Lucio Fulci's Westerns

  • Massacre Time (Italian: Le colt cantarono la morte e fu...tempo di massacro; aka: The Brute and the Beast, 1966) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw and Night Flight

  • Four of the Apocalypse (Italian: I quattro dell'apocalisse, 1975) – Night Flight

  • Silver Saddle (Italian: Sella d'argento; aka: They Died With Their Boots On, 1978) – Amazon Prime and Tubi


Ferdinando Baldi Westerns

  • Texas, Adios (Italian: Texas, Addio, 1966) – ArrowTubi, and Night Flight

  • Django Prepare a Coffin (Italian: Preparati la bara!; aka: Viva Django!, 1968) – VUDU Free and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Hate Thy Neighbor (Italian: Odia il prossimo tuo, 1968) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Forgotten Pistolero (Italian: Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria, 1969) – Tubi

  • Blindman (1971) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Get Mean (aka: Time Breaker, 1975) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Comin’ At Ya! (1981) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Night Flight


Enzo G. Castellari Westerns

  • Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (Italian: Ammazzali tutti e torna solo,1968) – VUDU Free

  • Any Gun Can Play (Italian: Vado... l'ammazzo e torno, 1967) – YouTube

  • Johnny Hamlet (Italian: Quella sporca storia nel west; aka: The Wild and the Dirty, 1968) – YouTube

  • Between God, The Devil and a Winchester (Italian: Anche nel west c'era una volta Dio, 1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Keoma (1976) – Tubi, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, and Spaghetti Westerns Draw


Antonio Margheriti Westerns

  • ...And God Said to Cain (Italian: E Dio disse a Caino…, 1970) – Tubi

  • The Stranger and the Gunfighter (Italian: El kárate, el Colt y el impostor; aka: Blood Money, 1974) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Take a Hard Ride (1975) – YouTube



Series & Double-Features


The Ringo Series

  • A Pistol for Ringo (Italian: Una pistola per Ringo; Duccio Tessari,1965) – Amazon Prime, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, Tubi, and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • The Return of Ringo (Italian: Il ritorno di Ringo; also Duccio Tessari, 1965) – Amazon Prime, Arrow, and Tubi


Lee Van Cleef as a Mentor Double-Feature

  • Death Rides a Horse (Italian: Da uomo a uomo; Giulio Petroni, 1967 – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Spaghetti Westerns Draw, and Night Flight (beware of wildly varying image quality)

  • Day of Anger (Italian: I Giorni Dell'ira; aka: Gunlaw; Tonino Valerii, 1967) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Night Flight


The Sartana Series (five official films)

  • If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (Italian: Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte; Gianfranco Parolini, 1968) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, Midnight Pulp, and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death/Sartana the Gravedigger (Italian: Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino; Giuliano Carnimeo, 1969) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (Italian: C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara; Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Have a Good Funeral, My Friend… Sartana Will Pay (Italian: Buon funerale, amigos!... paga Sartana; Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (Italian: Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana; Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • BONUS: Django Defies Sartana (Italian: Django sfida Sartana; Pasquale Squitieri, 1970) – Amazon Prime


The Sabata Series (Mostly in-name-only)

  • Sabata (Gianfranco Parolini, 1969) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Sabata the Killer (Italian: Arriva Sabata!; Tulio Demicheli, 1970) – VUDU Free

  • Wanted Sabata (Italian: Sabata vivo ou morto; Roberto Mauri, 1970) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Return of Sabata (Italian: È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta!, 1971) – The Roku Channel (the only official sequel to the original film)


The Tony Anthony Stranger Series

  • A Stranger in Town (Italian: Un Dollaro tra I Denti; aka: A Dollar Between the Teeth; Luigi Vanzi, 1967) – Amazon Prime

  • The Stranger Returns (Italian: Un Uomo, Un Cavallo, Una Pistola; aka: A Man, a Horse, a Gun and Shoot First, Laugh Last; also Luigi Vanzi, 1967) – Amazon Prime

  • Sadly, the third official Stranger movie, A Stranger in Japan (Italian: Lo straniero di silenzio; aka: The Silent Stranger; also Ferdinando Baldi, 1968) isn’t available to stream anywhere




Other Zapata Westerns

  • A Bullet for the General (Italian: Quién sabe?; Damiano Damiani, 1966) – Tubi, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, and Night Flight

  • Run Man Run (Italian: Corri uomo corri; Sergio Sollima, 1968, note that this is a sequel to The Big Gundown, which is not available streaming) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, VUDU Free, and Night Flight

  • Tepepa (Giulio Petroni, 1969) – Amazon Prime


Other Good to Great Films

  • Taste of Killing (Italian: Per il gusto di uccidere; Tonino Valerii, 1966) – VUDU Free

  • Requiescant (aka: Kill and Pray and Let Them Rest; Carlo Lizzani, 1967) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp

  • Django Kill...If You Live, Shoot! (Italian: Se sei vivo spara; Giulio Questi, 1967) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Spaghetti Westerns Draw, and Night Flight

  • Gentleman Killer (Italian: Gentleman Jo... uccidi; Giorgio Stegani, 1967) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw and YouTube

  • Man, Pride & Vengeance (Italian: L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta; Luigi Bazzoni, 1967) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • A Long Ride from Hell (Italian: Vivo per la tua morte; Camillo Bazzoni, 1968) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (Italian: Oggi a me... domani a te!; Tonino Cervi, 1968) – Fandor

  • Black Jack (Gianfranco Baldanello, 1968) – VUDU Free

  • A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (Italian: ...e per tetto un cielo di stelle; Giulio Petroni,1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Cemetery without Crosses (Italian: Une Corde, un Colt; aka: The Rope and the Colt; Robert Hossein, 1969) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, Tubi, VUDU Free, Spaghetti Westerns Draw, and Night Flight

  • Django the Bastard (Italian: Django il bastardo; aka: The Stranger's Gundown; Sergio Garrone, 1969) – Tubi and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • The Price of Power (Italian: Il prezzo del potere; Tonino Valerii, 1969) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Hanging for Django (Italian: Una lunga fila di croci; aka: No Room to Die; Sergio Garrone, 1969) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • The Unholy Four (Italian: Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta; Enzo Barboni, 1970) Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • His Name was King (Italian: Lo chiamavano King; Giancarlo Romitelli, 1971) – Tubi

  • Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Italian: Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo; Giuseppe Vari, 1971) – YouTube

  • Cut-Throats Nine (Spanish: Condenados a vivir, 1972) – Midnight Pulp+ and Tubi

  • Grand Duel (Italian: Il grande duello; Giancarlo Santi, 1972) – Tubi, VUDU Free, Spaghetti Westerns Draw, and Night Flight



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