among the best spaghetti westerns....Ennio Morricone's score is baffling (in a good way) and Lee Van Cleef is, as always, perfect
In its own weird way, I dig Giulio Petroni's Death Rides A Horse as much as Leone's Man with No Name trilogy. It features Van Cleef at his best and Morricone's wildest score.
Could have been a brilliant spaghetti western, but John Philip Law cracks more than once. It's still pretty good genre shit though.
The good : Lee Van Cleef
The bad : the storyline, the actors (a special mention to John Philip Law, catastrophical), the screenplay, the dialogues, the music, everything.
Decent traditional spagetti-western. Not much outstanding though.
Three stars for a workmanlike western. Four stars for Morricone's sublimely weird score.
Despite many clunky, meandering scenes (approximately 75% of the movie), there are many moments at the beginning and a few later on (like the one highlighted in the accompanying image) when Morricone's mastery and Lee Van Cleef's presence epitomize macho, badass cool.
Routine Spaghetti Western.
Roger Ebert's 1969 review includes this canny observation: "Van Cleef's face, in closeup, has the lean, hardened, embittered expression of a man who has either (a) been pursuing his lonely vengeance across the plains of the West for 30 years, or (b) realizes he will be making spaghetti Westerns the rest of his life."
Other than the Leone and Corbucci spaghetti westerns, this is as good as they come. One of the definitive revenge movies.
One of my favorite westerns of all time, the score is sublime and so is Van Cleef. Special side note also for main character John Philip Law, who gives a great turn. An extremely underrated and unseen classic, the kind of movie Tarantino salutes to.
One of the best revenge spaghetti westerns and must see film for fans of Van Cleef. Wonderful score from Morricone which was reused superbly in Kill Bill (Vol 1)
Superior spaghetti western from director Giulio Petroni features another iconic performance from B-movie star Lee Van Cleef. Stylishly shot with a compelling story and another great western score by Ennio Morricone. Not any kind of masterpiece, but great entertainment for spaghetti western fans.