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Film / And God Said to Cain...

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And God Said to Cain... is a 1970 Spaghetti Western starring Klaus Kinski.

Gary Hamilton is a former Confederate soldier released from prison for a crime he didn't commit. You see, his former best friend robbed a train and left his flask at the scene to frame him. His girlfriend then lied and said he did it for the sake of the robbery's money. Now, 10 years later, Hamilton has been released and wants revenge. However, he'll have to blast his way through an army to get it.


This film contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Acombar accidentally shoots his son due to being on edge from Hamilton's rampage.
  • Big Bad: Acombar, Hamilton's Evil Former Friend who framed him.
  • Chain Gang: Hamilton has spent the last 10 years on a chain gang after being framed.
  • Crapsack World: The American West is depicted as a desert hellscape where the rich are corrupt and the poor have their lives regularly destroyed by tornadoes.
  • A Dick in Name: Subverted, Big Bad Acombar named his Nice Guy son Dick.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: Old West ranch, with the added twist that the hero is breaking in as opposed to trying to escape. It also predates Die Hard by nineteen years.
  • Dramatic Wind: Exaggerated, Hamilton enters town on his vengeance quest on the same night as a massive tornado touches down.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: After killing his first victims, Hamilton unties a bell at Acombar's ranch, its chiming adding to the gothic atmosphere.
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  • Frame-Up: Acombar framed Hamilton for a train robbery by leaving his flask at the scene.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Hamilton was sentenced to life after being framed. When he gets pardoned, he's been 10 years in the hole and his only concern is murderous vengeance.
  • Mook Horror Show: Hamilton blasts his way through Acombar's goons with such efficiency that a lot of them think he's a literal demon.
  • Nay-Theist: Hamilton does believe in God still, but does not accept the notion that he's forgiving, nor does he care what the Lord does to him for his vengeance.
  • The Pardon: Hamilton being pardoned is what sets off the main plot.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A recently-released prisoner goes after the former friend who framed him.
  • Shout-Out: Dick compares his three guards to The Three Musketeers, and mentions hoping to be their D'Artagnan.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Hamilton is a broken man just released from prison after being framed, and his only concern is vengeance upon the loved ones who betrayed him. He's willing to kill anybody who stands in his way, though he does have standards, such as not killing Acombar's son for his father's crimes.
  • Walking the Earth: The ending heavily implies that due to his vengeance, Hamilton will be a fugitive wandering the West for the rest of his life.


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