This blood-drenched spaghetti western finds Scott (Giuliano Gemma) as an aspiring gunslinger who hooks up with Frank (Lee Van Cleef), a cold-blooded killer with an itchy trigger finger. When Frank takes over the town, everything quickly spirals…
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Damn, that was a full bore action film of the best kind! Lee Van Cleef demonstrates why he is at the top of the list of actors that physically emanate a sense of danger, while pulling off a charismatic appeal - perfect for this role!
I can't believe I hadn't seen this but this movies slingshots straight into the action and doesn't relent. The characters are great and the story has a predictable twist that I was still excited to see play out. Watch this if you want to see some serious gun-slinging with great spaghetti western one-liners.
Pure Lee Van Cleef. What started out like a classic revenge tale turned into a nuanced story where you can't really decide who you want to root for, which I loved. There were even subtexts of criticism of America and racial/social segregation. Brutal, gripping and very well directed.
The echoing of the lessons were cool (except the second one, that was not dropping a pistol by any standard, Scott should have been shot at). The last low angle shot was nice, but I would love a classic camera back zoom-in shot for the close up right after. In the end, the judge won. There were a few cliché but such is the way of genre film I guess.
More proof that Van Cleef, in his element, was as slick as an overused trigger. What's well-worn still has character. The ending to this tale starts to get a little jumpy, but the denouement is great: after all is said and killed, the blind will lead the blind - towards nothing in particular.
Never beg another man. Never trust anyone. Never get between a gun and its target. Punches are like bullets; always make the first ones count. If you wound a man, you’d better kill him. Accept all challenges, no matter the cost otherwise you've already lost. When you start killing, you’ll find you can't stop unless you toss your gun through a window and walk away hand in hand with a half blind man.
Wow, how great is this film? It set the stage for future spaghetti western, with the idea of an older mentor tutoring a young, sharpshooting pupil, before they are pulled apart (think Van Cleef in A Fistful of Dollars). A great morality play, not just for its message about the emptiness of a gunslinging life but also about revenge for being an abused orphan. Since Germans made this, can we call it a Spaetzle Western?