Four of the Apocalypse

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Four of the Apocalypse
Four of the Apocalypse.jpg
Original Italian theatrical poster
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Produced by Edmondo Amati (uncredited)
Written by Ennio Di Concini
Story by Bret Harte (as Francis Bret Harte)
Starring Fabio Testi
Tomas Milian
Lynne Frederick
Michael J. Pollard
Harry Baird
Narrated by Edward Mannix
Music by Franco Bixio
Fabio Frizzi
Vince Tempera
Cinematography Sergio Salvati
Edited by Ornella Micheli
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release dates 12 August 1975
Running time 104 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian

Four of the Apocalypse (Italian: I Quattro dell'apocalisse) is a 1975 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Fabio Testi. It is based on two stories by western writer Bret Harte, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat". It was filmed in Spain, Italy and Austria.

Plot[edit]

The sole survivors from a vigilante attack on a wild west town, gambler Stubby Preston, pregnant prostitute Bunny, and alcoholics Clem and Bud, who see ghosts, strike out for the next town. On the trail, the four draw the attention of Chaco, a bandit gunman. At first, Chaco is cautiously accepted into the travelling party, but then he poisons the group with hallucinogens and leaves them to die. The survivors then find a mining town, where Bunny goes into labor. After tragedy befalls Bunny, Stubby seeks his revenge against Chaco.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was written by Fabio Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera.[1]

  1. "Movin' On" (3:39)
  2. "Death's Song" (2:35)
  3. "Serene Moments" (2:59)
  4. "Bunny (Let's Stay Together)" (3:54)
  5. "Farewell to the Friends" (2:12)
  6. "On the Traces of Chaco" (1:26)
  7. "Slow Violence" (2:11)
  8. "Was It All in the Vain" (2:33)
  9. "The Swindler of the Saloon" (2:54)
  10. "Let Us Pray" (0:56)
  11. "Chaco" (1:51)
  12. "Stubby (You're Down and Out)" (3:12)
  13. "Bunny Love Song" (1:21)
  14. "Reawaken from the Trip" (1:32)
  15. "I Quattro Dell Apocalise (Outtakes Suite)" (21:47)

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie's review of the film was positive, calling it "what could very well be the Italian splatter-master's most personal, poignant, and compelling film – not to mention one of the most original spaghetti Westerns ever filmed."[2]

Differences from short stories[edit]

Testi's character, Stubby, is the "John Oakhurst" character from "Poker Flats". Lynne Frederick's "Bunny" is named "Duchess" in the original story. The outlaw Chaco was not in the book, and the action in the film is considerably more violent than in the stories.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spencer, Kristopher (2008). Film and television scores, 1950–1979: a critical survey by genre. Jefferson, North Carolina, United States: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7864-3682-8. 
  2. ^ Jason Buchanan. "Four of the Apocalypse (1975)". Allmovie. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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