Prepare A Coffin is a fine
spaghetti western about a gunslinger
out to avenge himself on the man
responsible for the death of his wife;
a corrupt politician who is now framing
local landowners and having them
sentenced to death so he can steal
AS FAR AS B-MOVIES GO, Django: Prepare A Coffin is a cut above the
run-of-the-mill spaghetti westerns on general release back in the Sixties
this particular film went on general release in 1968. For a start, the wandering
gunslinger Django is played by the striking and talented Italian actor Terence
Hill (They Call Me Trinity; Television's Doc West).
Django is taking a shipment of gold from the Hampton Mines to the Federal Depository
near Atlanta and his wife Lucy (Angela Minervini) is accompanying him. But they
are attacked by bandits on the way and Lucy is killed.
With plenty of bullets flying, Django: Prepare A Coffin follows great
western traditions as, five years later, the brutal and self-serving politician
David Barry (Horst Frank) who was responsible for Lucy's death, aided by his
hired gun and partner Lucas (George Eastman) take over the territory by terrorising
and framing innocent local landowners, who are then sentenced to be hung.
Prepare A Coffin
long lost and
Sergio Corbuccis 1966
and benefits from the
wonderful Terence Hill
in the title role...
comes in as the executioner, but his plan is to cleverly fake the hangings and
to prepare the men he saves to fight Barry and Lucas, thereby settling his account
Appointing the Mexican Garcia (José Torres) as his right-hand man, Django then
finds himself betrayed while saving Garcia's wife Mercedes (Barbara Simon) from
the gallows. The lure of a gold consignment on its way to Santa Fe is stronger
than the men's loyalty to their saviour.
When Django falls into Lucas's hands and is badly beaten up, he cannot rely
on anyone coming to his rescue. It seems that all is lost. Only a miracle can
save Django so that he can take Barry and Lucas to the Governor and make them
confess. In this classic from a series of B-movie Westerns that helped to define
a genre, the gunslinger finally gets his bloody revenge.
Originally known upon its Italian release as Preparati la bara!, Ferdinando
Baldi's well paced and very enjoyable Django: Prepare A Coffin is the
long lost and previously unavailable sequel to Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Spaghetti
Western classic Django and benefits from the wonderful Terence Hill in
the title role.
Shortly before the release of Django: Prepare A Coffin, another instalment
in the series will go on general release Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated
Django Unchained. According to the Spaghetti Western Data Base, Tarantino
placed Django: Prepare A Coffin at number 19 in his top 20 Spaghetti
Western films of all time while the original Django is at number 3.
The main musical theme in Django: Prepare A Coffin, a slow, mournful
lament featuring a plodding bassline and souring trumpet, was sampled by Gnarls
Barkley on the band's Grammy-winning global smash hit single Crazy.
Django: Prepare A Coffin also features: Pinuccio Ardia as Orazio; Lee
Burton as Guido Llollobrigida; Gianni Brezza as Alvarez; Ivan Scratuglia, CSC,
as Pat O'Connor; Roberto Simmi as Wallace; and Franco Bfalducci as The Sheriff.
Original Music is by Gianfranco Reverberi; Cinematography by Enzo Barboni; Writers
are Ferdinando Baldi, who also Directed, and Franco Rossetti.
Prepare A Coffin is released for the first time in the UK on DVD, courtesy
of Arrow Video, on 14 January 2013. Catalogue Number: FCD763 | DVD RRP: £12.99.
The Django: Prepare A Coffin UK DVD release comes complete with an original
trailer, reversible sleeve artwork and a collector's booklet by Spaghetti Western
expert Howard Hughes.
"Django: Prepare a Coffin… well paced and very enjoyable… benefits from
the wonderful Terence Hill in the title role" Maggie Woods,