Released in December 1968. Comical, energetic, free-spirited, political, rambunctious, and wild Zapata Western set during the Mexican Revolution featuring standout performances from Franco Nero as the mercenary Sergei Kowalski, Tony Musante as Paco the rebel, Giovanna Ralli as the earthy, strong Columba, and Jack Palance as the crafty villain Curly, with a showdown by director Sergio Corbucci that is incredibly epic.
3.5 Take 'A Bullet for the General' and 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' and you have this entertaining Zapata western. You also have a film that looks a lot like it inspired Peckinpah's 'Wild Bunch' and a main character that lives somewhere between Eastwood's man with no name and Hill's Trinity.
"A Mexican woman can be betrayed only once." Corbucci's sixth go at spaghetti western, released only 3 months before his major hit "Il grande silenzio", dramatically improves over the (plain, lousy) cult "Django". The political subtext here is genuinely developed, not without a wry smile, and the faux finale is a gem. While Nero's English accent is cringing, Morricone's whistle tune is an outstanding landmark.
FNC '13 (tribute section) Corbucci's fine spaghetti western stands against the best of the time period with this fine realized take on revolution, manhood, self preservation and machismo. Musante is quite entertaining as the leader of the small group of thieves/revolutionaries and the blandness of lead Nero is well compensated by the fey, sadistic turn by Jack Palance. Excellent use of the widescreen frame.