Sette pistole per i MacGregor (1966)

a.k.a Seven Guns for the MacGregors

A clan of Scots in the Old West are the stars of this light hearted Spaghetti Western with Ennio Morricone soundtrack. RHV Italian R0 disc.

The Film

A group of bandits try to steal the horses from the MacGregor's farm, expecting little resistance from the two old couples living there, but this Scottish clan is determined to fight back with guns and even a canon until they are relieved by their returning sons who finish off the rustlers. The sons are later tasked with taking the horses and cattle to be sold, but arriving in town they discover that it has come under the control of the ruthless Crawford who offers them a paltry $1000 for the horses, refusing the deal they start a fight and soon end up in gaol; fortunately they manage to break out but find their horses stolen. It soon emerges that their old enemy Santillana is behind this ruthless rule, and Gregor, the oldest brother, decides to join up with his gang to find their stolen horses, and bring down this head bandit once and for all...
From the beginning it is clear that this is a much lighter hearted film than many of its contemporaries, from the elderly MacGregor family fighting back against the bandits with all manner of weapons including a canon, to the huge bar-room brawl with the pianist accompanying the action throughout. The clan themselves are pure hero types, certainly no Ringo/Django anti-heros, and as a whole the film plays out more like a Classic American Western than the often grim and gritty nature associated with the Spaghetti Westerns at the time, although some of the treatment that Santillana dishes out (setting a man on fire and threatening to have all his men rape a women) make the film a little too much for family viewing. Although entertaining the film sadly fails to gel for a lot of the run-time - much of the humour feels rather forced, the pacing is often rather too slow and the plot relies on far too much good luck - fortunately it picks up towards the end with an effective conclusion.

Director Franco Giraldi was on just his second film here, but working with the experienced peplum shooter Alejandro Ulloa he does a very good job on this film with the action scenes all very well shot - obviously benifiting from a decent budget. The soundtrack was written by the genre icon Ennio Morricone and contains some good Scottish pipe music, although it is missing in a few of the action scenes that could have used a little lifting.

The American actor Robert Woods, who appeared in a few lesser Euro-Westerns is top billed as Gregor MacGregor and gives a decent if unremarkable performance. Euro-cult fans should instantly recognise Fernando Sancho as a Mexican bandit, while the babyfaced Alberto Dell'Acqua plays the youngest son, Dick MacGregor in a very similar performance to that in Texas, Addio (1966).

While coming nowhere near to the genre's best, Sette pistole per i MacGregor is certainly not among it's worst and remains a solidly produced and decently written little film, that despite a few violent moments, makes for some lighthearted and unchallenging, yet not "brainless" afternoon viewing. Partly recommended to genre fans, for anyone coming new to the genre, there are many better films to see first.

In brief:

Anyone famous in it? A variety of familiar genre stars but no big names.
Directed by anyone interesting? Franco Giraldi - a very little known director who also shot the MacGregor's sequel Seven Women for the MacGregors (1967) and Sugar Colt (1966).
Who else was involved?The script was co-written by Ferdinando de Leo who went on to direct Italian crime film Milano Calibro 9 (1971)
Any violence? A man is set on fire at one point and there is a quite brutal whipping. Not much blood.
Any sex? No.
Who is it for?
Of interest to genre fans who want something light and entertaining.
Good Soundtrack?A lively and fitting but slightly sparse score from Ennio Morricone.


Visuals Original Aspect Ratio  - 2.35:1 anamorphic wide-screen. Colour.
The image is good - light grain and speckling but very good colours and definition, a couple of very brief scenes seem to be from a lower quality source and are a little soft.
Audio English and Italian mono tracks.
For about 3 minutes towards the start of the film the English audio track goes badly out of sync, and a couple of sound effects plus one line of dialogue seem to be missing, but it is otherwise fine and decently dubbed.
Subtitles None
Extras The disc includes:
  • Interview with the director about this film and the genre in general. In Italian only with no subs. 15 minutes.
  • Still photo and poster gallery, presented as a video file with soundtrack backing.
  • Original Italian trailer (which bizarrely includes footage from Fistful of Dollars (1964)).
  • The disc box includes an insert containing a complete cast listing for the film and a little trivia (in Italian).
Availability Availabe in on its own, or in the Pistole Non Discutono boxset.
Region Region 0 (worldwide) - PAL
Other regions? Not available elsewhere.
Cuts? The film is believed to be fully uncut. Titles and credits are in Italian.



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All text in this review written by Timothy Young - 7th April 2007.
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