After surviving his family being massacred, a young boy is taken in and raised by a preacher. Years later he comes face to face with the man that killed his family and he is tempted into back into violence.
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A western that seems to have gone under the radar. Too bad because, in my opinion, it's way better than the westerns shot by Clint Eastwood under Sergio Leone's direction. Why? Simply because Carlo Lizzani had something to say and wasn't only interested in the stylisation of the genre. You have to see Mark Damon playing a Confederate as if he was a nostalghia fan of Dracula to believe it! Masterpiece.
Insignifiante perle dans le chapelet des westerns spaghetti sans intérêt des années 60. === Insignificant pearl in the rosary of the unimportant spaghetti westerns of the 60s. == With Pier Paolo PASOLINI & Franco CITTI.
"Have you heard of monkeys? They are animals that just make you laugh. And you’re all monkeys… going around bleating about freedom. And this makes me laugh. For you, freedom means a bit of land to sit on and do nothing with! You’re primitives! You don’t create, you don’t build! You’re savages! And you’ll always be savages!" ... well, after the villain says that... you know he's a BAD GUY. Oh my. Super fun flick.
Mostly bad actors, crude cinematography with many editing errors, a horrible music (with a poor guitar player in action) ineffectively trying to imitate stylistic features of Elmer Bernstein's and Ennio Morricone's scores... but at least an unusual storyline with surprising developments. Not the worst spaghetti western at all, but there are far better works than this one.
While it has notorious flaws, including the main character just forgetting about his sister during the course of the film, and a rather heavy handed political message, Lizzani's camera is always in the right track, and Riz Ortolani's minimalistic score gives this movie a lot of personality. Mark Damon is great playing the vampire-esque bad guy of the film. Also, a rather unusual cameo by Pier Paolo Passolini.