Viva Cangaceiro

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Viva Cangaceiro
Directed by Giovanni Fago
Produced by Alexandre Adamiu
Written by Giovanni Fago
Starring Tomas Milian
Ugo Pagliai
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Alejandro Ulloa
Edited by Eugenio Alabiso
Release date
Running time
104 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Viva Cangaceiro (originally titled as O' Cangaçeiro, also known as The Magnificent Bandits) is a Brazilian themed spaghetti western movie co-produced by Spain and Italy and directed by Giovanni Fago as his third and last spaghetti western.


Espedito is the sole survivor of his hometown after it got annihilated by Colonel Minas and his death squad for harbouring an infamous cangaceiro. A hermit consoles him by planting the idea in his mind that he was from now on chosen to fight injustice. Espedito tries to live up to this vision.



The movie received mixed reviews and is generally considered a minor variant of the similar movies Tomas Milian has starred in for Sergio Sollima (Face to Face and Run, Man, Run!), Sergio Corbucci (The Mercenary and Compañeros) and Giulio Petroni (Tepepa).[1] Simon Gelton (aka "Scherpschutter") wrote for considered Riz Ortolani's film score unique and praised Alejandro Ulloa’s pictures of Bahia. Yet he didn't "recommend the film wholeheartedly" because due to a lack of "emotional depth" Viva Cangaceiro would never "really take off". He stated the plot was occasionally at the brink of being "absurd".[2]

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  1. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 
  2. ^ Gelton, Simon. "O' Cangaceiro Review". Retrieved 2013-07-09. 

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