|The Silent Stranger|
|Directed by||Vance Lewis|
|Produced by||Tony Anthony|
|Screenplay by||Vincenzo Cerami|
|Story by||Tony Anthony|
|Music by||Stelvio Cipriani|
|Edited by||Renzo Lucidi|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|20 June 1975|
The Silent Stranger (Italian: Lo straniero di silenzio), also known as The Horseman and the Samurai and The Stranger in Japan, is a 1968 Italian-American-Japanese Spaghetti Western and jidaigeki film directed by Luigi Vanzi. It is the second sequel to A Stranger in Town with twenty minutes excised for its 1975 release.
The film is the third in a series of four western films starring Tony Anthony as "The Stranger". Despite being produced in 1968 for MGM, the film was never given an official release until 1975, nearly a decade after the previous film in the series. Tony Anthony stated that he believed the film became the victim of a power struggle at MGM and when it was later released by a different studio, the film was re-edited.
The protagonist, a likeable American cowboy (Antony) in Edo-period 19th-Century Japan, becomes trapped in the middle of the strife between two feuding aristocratic Japanese families. The cowboy possesses a priceless scroll, acquired by chance while he was in Alaska, which both warring families want. Violent fighting ensues, involving Samuri swords, a Gatling gun, and a makeshift single-shot blunderbuss. In the end the cowboy returns the scroll (worth "one million dollars") to The Princess, a member of the family who are the rightful owners.
- Tony Anthony as The Stranger
- Lloyd Battista as The American
- Kin Ōmae as Lord Motori
- Kanji Ohara as Koeta
- Kyōichi Satō as Koeta's Henchman
- Yoshio Nukano as Motori Samurai
- Rita Maura as Princess Otaka (uncredited)
- Raf Baldassarre as White-Eye (uncredited)
- Gaetano Scala as Thief in Klondike (uncredited)
- William Conroy as Thief in Klondike (uncredited)
Paul Mavis, of DVDTalk, reviewing the 2015 Warner Archive Collection DVD release of The Stranger Collection, wrote, "While they're not in the league of Leone (what is?), Anthony's grimy, sneaky little punk killer is an intriguing addition to the genre. Tony Anthony did some very interesting things with the spaghetti Western genre, including, perhaps, presaging the Trinity movies, while certainly "inventing" the West-meets-East subgenre".
- Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. pp. 157–158. ISBN 88-04-57277-9.
- Paul Mavis (May 6, 2015). "The Stranger Trilogy (Warner Archive Collection: A Stranger in Town, The Stranger Returns, The Silent Stranger)". DVDTalk. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
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