Sergio Donati

Sergio Donati, the screenwriter famous for penning spaghetti Westerns, was originally in line for a career in law. His interest in the profession waning during his college years, he instead authored a mystery novel that ... Read more »
Born: in Rome, Lazio, IT

Filmography

Writer (27)

The Sicilian Girl 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Almost Blue 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

North Star 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond Justice 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blowing Hot and Cold 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A tu per tu 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bonnie e Clyde all'italiana 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bonnie e Clyde all'italiana 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Le Armi e Gli Amori 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Armi e Gli Amori 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Il Conte Tacchia 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Holocaust 2000 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Holocaust 2000 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

L' Isola degli uomini Pesce 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Orca 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Padrone e l'Operaio 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Bestione 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Poliziotta 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Duck, You Sucker 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sbatti Il Mostro In Prima Pagina 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Weekend Murders 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Weekend Murders 1971 (Movie)

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Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Faccia a Faccia 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Big Gundown 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Sergio Donati, the screenwriter famous for penning spaghetti Westerns, was originally in line for a career in law. His interest in the profession waning during his college years, he instead authored a mystery novel that was not only published but quickly optioned for a film adaptation. He met directorial maestro Sergio Leone while making his rounds in the industry, and contributed an uncredited rewrite to his Clint Eastwood western, "For a Few Dollars More." Goaded by Leone, Donati reteamed with the pair for the conclusion of their "Man with No Name" trilogy: the quintessential "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Again, Donati went uncredited. Recognition was finally his, however, when he wrote the epic western ,"Once Upon a Time in the West" for Leone, with whom he shared screenwriting credit. Both films are considered benchmarks in the genre, often ranking among the greatest films of all time. The pair's final collaboration was also Leone's last Western: 1971's "Duck, You Sucker." The heyday of Italian filmmaking declining in the ensuing decades, Donati nevertheless stayed busy, often penning multiple screenplays and miniseries a year. His best known latter efforts include the 1996 Schwarzenegger crime-actioner, "Raw Deal," and the 2009 Mafia docudrama, "The Sicilian Girl."

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