SARTANA

I Am Sartana, Your Angel Of Death (lobbycard)

Sartana is one of the coolest and most known Spaghetti Western character. The name Sartana comes from the movie 'Blood At Sundown' where Gianni Garko played a character named "El General Sartana". The Producer added the same name for Garko's character in 'If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death'. Director Gianfranco Parolini (Frank Kramer) is much responsible for the look and styling of Sartana, his special small pistol and other gadgets. Parolini was a fan of James Bond and wanted to make Sartana some kind of James Bond of the West. Parolini also wanted Sartana to wear a black cloak with red lining, in the style of Mandrake. Another distinguishing feature of Sartana is the white horse. This was changed in 'Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming' where Sartana occasionally rides a black horse.

Gianni Garko is the only authentic Sartana and played the character in 4 movies. George Hilton played Sartana in 1 movie. Numerous other actors have played a character named Sartana but these are not official movies.

I Am Sartana, Your Angel Of Death (lobbycard)

The 5 official Sartana movies are:

'If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death' (1968) with Garko as Sartana, directed by Gianfranco Parolini (Frank Kramer).

'I Am Sartana, Your Angel Of Death' (1969) with Garko as Sartana, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (Anthony Ascott).

'Have A Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay' (1970) with Garko as Sartana, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (Anthony Ascott).

'Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming' (1970) with Garko as Sartana, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (Anthony Ascott).

'Sartana's Here... Trade You Pistol For A Coffin' (1972) with George Hilton as Sartana, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (Anthony Ascot).

Numerous other SW:s has used the Sartana name in the title or as a character but these are unofficial and do not come close to the original.

I Am Sartana, Your Angel Of Death

Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming

 

Sartana's weapon of choice is a small Derringer type pistol. Parolini was behind the design of the pistol and it's a fake that could not work in real life. It has both a cylinder for 5 cartridges and four barrels which take one cartridge each. The bullets in the barrels is however only used in the intro scene of 'If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death'. If you have a cylinder you don't need four barrels. As a long range weapon Sartana uses a Winchester. The small pistol is left playing a smaller role in the three later Sartana movies. In 'Have A Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay' Sartana use the rifle more. In 'Light The Fuse... Sartana Is Coming' and 'Sartana's Here... Trade You Pistol For A Coffin' a Colt Peacemaker revolver is Sartana's main gun. The small pistol also has a different look in these movies, mainly the grip is different (lower left image). Sartana can also use playing cards as a weapon by throwing them, as seen in 'Have A Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay'

If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death

If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death

If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death

 

If You Meet Sartana... Pray For Your Death

Sartana's looks has changed some in the movies. In the first two movie he appears younger and unshaved. In the next movies Sartana appears older, gray and has a serious moustache. George Hilton went back to the unshaved style in the last Sartana movie.

Hold your mouse cursor over the images to see from which movie the screenshot is.

I Am Sartana, Your Angel Of Death

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