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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Grinding the Stream November 2020 UPDATES: Spaghetti Westerns

Welp, it's November and we're still in the middle of a pandemic. It's looking more and more likely that lockdowns are on the way for the winter. So I'm reluctantly bringing back Grinding the Stream. 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, 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).

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

  • A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, 1964) – Amazon Prime

  • For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più, 1965) – 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, and VUDU Free

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

  • Navajo Joe (1966) – Amazon Prime

  • Compañeros (Italian: Vamos a Matar Compañeros,1970) – Tubi 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

  • Four of the Apocalypse (Italian: I quattro dell'apocalisse, 1975) – Tubi and 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) – Tubi 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) – Amazon Prime and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

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

  • Blindman (1971) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

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

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

Enzo G. Castellari Westerns

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

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

  • Keoma (1976) – Tubi, VUDU Free, 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

Series & Double-Features

The Ringo Series

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

  • The Return of Ringo (Italian: Il ritorno di Ringo; also Duccio Tessari, 1965) – Amazon Prime 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, VUDU Free, and Night Flight (beware of wildly varying image quality)

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

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, 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 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 and Tubi

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

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

  • Return of Sabata (Italian: È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta!, 1971) – Amazon Prime (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, 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

  • 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, VUDU Free, Spaghetti Westerns Draw, and Night Flight

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

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

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

  • 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

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



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