Navajo Joe

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Navajo Joe
Navajo Joe (1966).jpg
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Produced by Ermanno Donati
Luigi Carpentieri
Screenplay by Dean Craig
Fernando Di Leo
Story by Ugo Pirro
Starring Burt Reynolds
Aldo Sanbrell
Nicoletta Machiavelli
Tanya Lopert
Fernando Rey
Franca Polesello
Lucia Modugno
Music by Leo Nichols
Cinematography Silvano Ippoliti
Edited by Aurelio Crugnola
Distributed by Dear Film
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica (Italy)
United Artists (US)
Release date
  • 25 November 1966 (1966-11-25) (Italy)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Navajo Joe is a 1966 Spaghetti Western film, directed by Sergio Corbucci,[1] and stars Burt Reynolds as the titular Navajo Indian who opposes a group of bandits responsible for killing his tribe.[2] The film's score was composed by Ennio Morricone (credited as Leo Nichols).


Having massacred an Indian village, outlaw Duncan finds his men falling victim to a solitary rider, Navajo Joe. Joe saves three prostitutes who have overheard Duncan plot with Lynne, the town doctor, to steal a train full of money belonging to the bank. Joe steals the train back from Duncan's gang. He asks the townspeople of Esperanza to pay him to protect them from Duncan, making an offer of "I want a dollar a head from every man in this town for every bandit I kill." The townspeople reject him, as they "don't make bargains with Indians." Lynne's wife Hannah persuades them otherwise. Joe sets a trap for Duncan, but is caught and tortured; Lynne and Hannah are killed. Rescued by an old man from the saloon, Joe again steals the train and eradicates Duncan's gang. There is then a showdown in an Indian cemetery, where Joe reclaims the pendant that Duncan stole from his wife when he murdered her. As Joe turns, Duncan shoots Joe with a hidden gun. Injured, Joe grabs a tomahawk and throws it, hitting Duncan square in the forehead. With Duncan dead, Joe sends his horse back to town, carrying the bank's money.


  • Burt Reynolds as Navajo Joe
  • Aldo Sambrell (as Aldo Sanbrell) as Mervyn 'Vee' Duncan
  • Nicoletta Machiavelli as Estella
  • Fernando Rey as Father Rattigan
  • Tanya Lopert as Maria
  • Franca Polesello as Barbara
  • Lucia Modugno as Geraldine
  • Pierre Cressoy (as Peter Cross) as Dr. Chester Lynne
  • Roberto Paoletti as Sheriff Johnson
  • Nino Imparato (as Antonio Imparato) as Chuck Holloway, Banjo Player
  • Lucio Rosato as Jeffrey Duncan
  • Valeria Sabel as Hannah Lynne
  • Mario Lanfranchi as Jefferson Clay, Mayor of Esperanza
  • Ángel Álvarez (as Angel Alvarez) as Oliver Blackwood, Bank Manager
  • Rafael Albaicín (as Rafael Albaicin) as Mexican Scalphunter
  • Lorenzo Robledo as Robledo, Duncan Gang Member
  • Álvaro de Luna (as Alvaro De Luna) as Sancho Ramirez, Duncan Gang Member
  • Valentino Macchi as Gringo Scalphunter
  • Maria Cristina Sani as Joe's Wife
  • Gianni di Stolfo as Sheriff Elmo Reagan
  • Simón Arriaga (as Simon Arriga) as Monkey, Duncan Gang Member
  • Cris Huerta as El Gordo
  • Ángel Ortiz (as Angel Ortiz) as El Cojo
  • Roderik Auguste (as Roderick Auguste) as Ciudadano
  • Dyanik Zurakowska (as Dianick) as Swedish Settler


Reynolds wore a wig for his role. "I looked like Natalie Wood," he joked.[3]


The original soundtrack for the film[4] was composed by Ennio Morricone (credited as Leo Nichols) and contains the following tracks:

  1. Titoli Di Testa-Navajo Joe (Main Title)
  2. Pelli Conciate E Pelli Morte (Raw Hides and Dead Hides)
  3. Profilo del Destino (A Silhouette of Doom)
  4. Saloon Pyote (The Pyote Saloon)
  5. Storia Indiana (An Indian Story)
  6. Verso Esperanza (To Esperanza)
  7. Bandito Prende Il Treno (The Bandit Gets the Train)
  8. Ma Joe Dice No (But Joe Says No)
  9. Fine Di Barbara, E Il Ritornio Di Joe (The Demise of Barbara and the Return of Joe)
  10. Paura E Silenzio (Fear and Silence)
  11. Navajo E Prigioniero (The Navajo and the Prisoner)
  12. Guarendo le Ferite (Healing the Wound)
  13. Addio a Fratello Jeffrey (Goodbye to Brother Jeffrey)
  14. Navajo Joe
  15. Dopo la Fine (After the End)
  16. Titoli Di Coda-Navajo Joe (End Title)

Credits notes[edit]

Song notes[edit]

  • The track "A Silhouette of Doom" has been used for The Bride's introductory speech and for her duel with Elle Driver in the second volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill.
  • The track "The Demise of Barbara and the Return of Joe" was used in the well-received comedy Election (1999), when Tracy Flick rips up all of Paul Metzler's posters. It also accompanies one of the final sequences of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004).



  1. ^ Hughes, p.59
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (December 7, 1967). "Navajo Joe". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Burt Reynolds, Who Plays Half-Breeds Stoic About Roles". Clifford, Terry. Chicago Tribune, 6 April 1969: F14.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ p.7 Ehresmann, Patrick "Western, Italian Style"

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