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As a kid, Roy Blood saw his parents shot right before his very eyes. He
then took his dead father's rifle and shot the killer. Then he stole the
dead man's silver saddle - and the horse that came with it - and rode the
Now: Roy Blood (Giuliano Gemma) is still looking for the man who
ordered his parents being killed, and everything leads to a man called
Barrett (Ettore Manni), so Blood should be more than happy when he is
hired to kill Barrett ... for money. It's only when he's already ready to
shoot that Roy realizes it's not Barrett himself that he has been hired to
kill but his 10-year-old nephew Tom (Sven Valsecchi) - and killing
innocent kids is something Roy outrightly refuses ... but then he gets
caught up in a shoot-out which only he and the boy survive. At first, Tom
wants to leave the boy behind, just like that, but somehow the boy has
grown on him, and he allows him to ride with him for a bit.
Later in a town, Roy has to learn that he is accused of kidnapping
young Tom, and Tom's sister Margaret (Cinzia Monreale) is even willing to
pay ransom - it's all because Roy's sidekick Snake (Geoffrey Lewis) turned
greedy, as it will turn out - and it takes Roy much effort to convince
Margaret that he is not a villain and does not want any
Soon enough though, someone else is after young Tom: Turner (Gianni De
Luigi), Barrett's foreman, and he wants Tom dead, and wants to marry
Margaret, who would inherit Tom's half of the family fortune ...
However, Roy fights it out with Turner, even kills him, and can
convince everybody, inlcuding Barrett and the local sheriff (Philippe
Hersent) that he is one of the good guys ... until it turns out that Tom
has been kidnapped again, this time by Mexican outlaw Garrincha (Aldo
Sambrell) and his men, and for some reason the sheriff now thinks that Roy
is in cahoots with Garrincha and throws him into the slammer.
It's only Margaret who's convinced of Roy's innocent, and she soon
helps him break jail ... and as a thank you, Roy shoots it out with
Garrincha and gang and saves Margaret's little brother.
Then it's showdown time, because Roy has since found out that
his arch-enemy Barrett has been behind all the kidnappings and attempts on
Tom's life, mainly because he can get his hands on the family fortune only
over Tom's dead body. But at their little shoot-out, Barrett seems to have
the upper hand, until Roy gets his hands on one of Barrett's antique guns
Margaret has loaded especially for him ...
In the end, Roy has had his revenge and of course gets the girl. But as
if that wasn't enough, he gets a new range pardner with young Tom ...
Even if the English title - They Died with their Boots on -
suggests something pretty wild, the film as such is nothing special, a
rather unexciting routine Western which suffers badly from a young boy in
the second lead, who automatically turns the film into a rather cheesy
direction (quite apart from the fact that he doesn't act all that well).
All of this proves just one point: Young boys and hard-edged Westerns just
don't go together !!!