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Film / God's Gun

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God's Gun is a 1976 Spaghetti Western starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Palance.

One day, outlaw Sam Clayton and his gang attack a small Western town and kill a man. The local preacher, Father John, manages to capture one, but Clayton guns him down on the church steps before taking over the town. However, a young boy named Johnny O'Hara sneaks off to contact John's brother Lewis, a professional gunfighter, to seek vengeance. Meanwhile, secrets brew about Johnny's prior connections to Clayton...

It has been distributed in the US by The Cannon Group, Warner Bros., MGM and Mill Creek Entertainment.


This film contains examples of:

  • Badass and Child Duo: Lewis is summoned to town by a young boy named Johnny, who accompanies him on his vengeance quest.
  • Badass Preacher: Father John's response to a murder committed in his town and the law doing nothing is to hunt the gang down and personally drag one of them to jail. Unfortunately, this gets him killed.
  • Big Bad: Sam Clayton, the Outlaw that killed Father John.
  • Child by Rape: Johnny thought his father was dead, but he was actually the product of a prior rape by Sam Clayton.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Despite the much greater likelihood of an Old West preacher being Protestant, Father John is in fact Catholic.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The Claytons force the town judge to rule their killing of Father John as self-defense.
  • Crapsack World: The Old West is a desolate desert where one can go days without food or water just trying to pass through town, gangs of outlaws roam the streets, and the law is enforced by morons.
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  • Decoy Protagonist: We start the film following Badass Preacher Father John's battles against a gang of outlaws, but he's killed a half hour in, after which his gunslinger brother Lewis shows up to get revenge.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Johnny's mother reveals to Sam that Johnny is his son from having raped her years ago.
  • Outlaw: The main antagonists are a criminal gang who have taken over a town.
  • Police Are Useless: The local sheriff is an alcoholic who actively refuses to go after the Claytons.
  • Predecessor Villain: Long before the start of the film, Lewis took down a corrupt gambler and the thugs who went after him in revenge. They had nothin to do with the Claytons and are long dead by film's end.
  • Retired Badass: Lewis has hung up his guns and become a farmer in Mexico by film's start. However, he takes up gunslinging one more time to avenge his brother's murder.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A gunfighter returns to his hometown to slaughter the outlaws that killed his preacher brother.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: when Lewis starts his vengeance quest, he dons his twin brother's frock so that the Claytons think it's his ghost.
  • Serial Rapist: The Claytons each rape at least one woman in every town they ride through.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The Clayton Gang riding into town guns blazing as their leader rapes a woman.