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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Grinding the Stream: Spaghetti Westerns

Are you self-isolating? Are you thinking about broadening your cinematic horizons? Perhaps you’d like to learn about a specific genre? I’m here to help. Let’s start by seeing what is available to stream, beginning with some worthwhile entries in the absolutely massive spaghetti western canon.

Netflix and Hulu have pretty pathetic western selections, not to mention a lack of movies made before 1980, so they weren’t particularly helpful in this regard. Amazon Prime has a healthy selection, however, as do a number of free streaming services available via Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, et cetera. I compared a bunch and, for the sake of simplicity, I found the best in terms of content and video quality to be Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, and Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime). Of course, who can forget smaller, but no less important paid services, namely Criterion Channel, Fandor, and Shudder.

Due to flimsy copyright, many free services, including YouTube, have loads of spaghetti westerns to choose from. So, for this entry in what will be a multi-part series, 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. Apologies if I’ve suggested something with particularly grim A/V quality and be aware that the availability is based on the research I did on March 17th, 2020. Given the nature of streaming media, I imagine very few of these titles will be available in perpetuity. I've also included links to my own reviews of some of these films.

The Classics

  • Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) – Midnight Pulp and VUDU Free

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

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

  • The Hellbenders (Italian: I crudeli; Sergio Corbucci, 1967) – Amazon Prime

  • Once Upon a Time in the West (Italian: C'era una volta il West; Sergio Leone, 1968) – Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Popcorn Flix

  • Tepepa (Giulio Petroni, 1969) – Amazon Prime

  • My Name is Nobody (Italian: Il mio nome è Nessuno; Tonino Valerii/Sergio Leone, 1973) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976) – Tubi, VUDU Free, and Spaghetti Westerns Draw

Series & Double-Features

The Ringo Series

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

  • The Return of Ringo (Italian: Il ritorno di Ringo; also Duccio Tessari, 1965) on Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

Lee Van Cleef as a Mentor Double-Feature

  • Death Rides a Horse (Italian: Da uomo a uomo; Giulio Petroni, 1967 – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and VUDU Free (beware of wildly varying image quality)

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

Sergio Corbucci Zapata Western Double-Feature

  • The Mercenary (Italian: Il Mercenario; aka: A Professional Gun, 1968) – Amazon Prime

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

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 and Tubi

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

  • 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

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

  • Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (Italian: Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana; Giuliano Carnimeo, 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

The Tony Anthony Collection (aka: The Stranger Series Plus)

  • 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

  • Blindman (Ferdinando Baldi, 1971) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

  • Get Mean (aka: Time Breaker; also Ferdinando Baldi, 1975) – Amazon Prime

  • Comin’ At Ya! (also Ferdinando Baldi, 1981) – 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

Underseen & Personal Favorites

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

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

  • 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

  • Hate Thy Neighbor (Italian: Odia il prossimo tuo; Ferdinando Baldi, 1968) – Amazon Prime

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

  • Django the Bastard (Italian: Django il bastardo; Sergio Garrone, 1969) – Spaghetti Westerns Draw

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

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

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

  • Fulci also directed two White Fang movies – White Fang (Italian: Zanna Bianca, 1973) and The Challenge of White Fang (Italian: Il ritorno di Zanna Bianca, 1974) – which are not available to stream.



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