Clearly more into the adventure mood than the bleak feeling of previous Corbucci's westerns, but all the political themes the man explored before are here. Some might prefer The Mercenary over this, but Milian is clearly far more charismatic than Musante, and Jack Palance truly steals this one as the marihuana smoking bad guy with a pet falcon.
Corbucci steals straight outta Leone's playbook -- familiar-sounding Morricone tune, chaotic neutral drifter, dramatic foreground/background juxtaposing, macho close-ups, hints of psychosexual dysfunction, alternate cooperation & backstabbing as comic relief -- without grasping the elusive Leone coolness. The Tuco/Goldie stand-ins' one-liners lack snap; the escapes lack danger. Jack Palance's bird is a consolation.
Corbucci seems to have a bigger budget here than in his previous westerns and he does not waste it-it is one of the most entertaining Italian westerns partly due to the great cast. Milian steals the film but Nero is also a lot of fun, Fernando rey adds class to the film and Palance is actually quite demented. The theme song by Morricone is in my opinion one of the catchiest themes he ever did. I personally think only The Great Silence is a better Corbucci film.