Keoma (film)

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Italian theatrical poster
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Produced by Manolo Bolognini
Written by Mino Roli
Nico Ducci
Luigi Montefiori
Enzo G. Castellari
Joshua Sinclair (dialogue - uncredited)
Story by Luigi Montefiori
Starring Franco Nero
William Berger
Olga Karlatos
Woody Strode
Music by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Aiace Parolin
Edited by Gianfranco Amicucci
Uranos Cinematografica
Distributed by Far International Films
Release dates
25 November 1976
Running time
105 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Keoma, also released in various countries under the titles Django Rides Again and The Violent Breed, is a 1976 Spaghetti Western film directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring Franco Nero and Donald O'Brien. It is regarded by some as one of the better late Spaghetti Westerns, incorporating many newer cinematic techniques of the time (such as slow motion and close/medium panning shots), gun fights, and having an anti-hero & vocal musical soundtrack.[1]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The 2004 horror anthology film Tears of Kali features a character named Keoma who keeps a poster of the movie on his wall. [2]

The protagonist of Danél F. Griffin's 2010 novel Ellipses... cites Keoma as his favorite movie. [3]


After the U.S. Civil War, Keoma (Nero), part Indian and part white, returns to his home town to find his half-brothers in alliance with a petty tyrant named Caldwell. Caldwell and his gang rule over the town with an iron fist. With the help of his father and George, an old Black friend, he vows revenge. Keoma also shows compassion when he saves a pregnant woman from a group sent by Caldwell's group to be quarantined in a mine camp full of plague victims. Keoma is constantly visited by the apparition of an older woman ("The Witch") who saved him during the massacre of an Indian camp.



  1. ^ Keoma, Film as Art: Danél Griffin's Guide to Cinema
  2. ^ Tears of Kali. 2004. Directed by Andreas Marschall.
  3. ^ Griffin, Danél F. Ellipses... A Novel. America Star: Baltimore, MD: 2010.

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