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Title: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Marco Leone on April 05, 2005, 06:30:59 AM
Watched this the other night, and have posted the following review on http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns :

"Now this one really is an oddity! The Spaghetti Western did throw up a few odd films (think Django Kill and its homosexual bandits, Blindman with its 50 wives and nudity, the circus troupes of Sabata, and Providence with its Chaplin-esq antics). But, my, if you thought they were weird, wait until you get a load of "Get Mean".

Tony Anthony returns as the Stranger, but rather than being a parody/rehash (depends on how you view it) of A Fistful of Dollars, this film involves our hero on a quest to Spain to escort a princess for money, amidst the battling Vikings and Moors. Proof if any that the Spaghetti boom was on its last legs, desperately seeking new ways to be innovative.

Anthony is very ham-fisted throughout, but I guess that is part of his charm in this genre. The rest of the cast are, in truth, fairly forgettable.

However strange this film may be (and believe me, it is strange), it remains watchable. Not as a western, but as an oddball art-flick".

Anyone else seen it?  If so, what did you think of the movie.  Remember, I'm sill looking for reviews, if anyone fancies writing one!


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 09:18:15 PM
Review for "Get Mean"



Oddness ensues in this spaghetti western as everybodies favorite under dog of the genre "The Stranger", is hired by a witch to escort a princess to Spain. Once in Spain The Stranger must ward off evil Barbarians, a crazed Hunchback, a gay man(played by Anthony's brother), Lesbian warriors, a raging bull, magic and even spirits who want to turn him into a wolf ( ? )  in order to escort the Princess back to her castle and collect his reward of 50,000 dollars. Unfortunatly for our poor anti-hero the princess is kidnapped by the leader of the barbarians, Diego(played by Raf Baldessare), and so The Stranger must rescue her. By the first hour of the film Anthony's character has been buRnt, hung up by his feet, beaten down and roasted like a pig until finally he takes up his trusty four barreled shotgun, some dynamite and a jar full of scorpions and decides to GET MEAN!

This is the fourth and final flick in "The Stranger" series and it is easily the weakest, however it still manages to be highly entertaining(certainly more entertaining than the plodding A Stranger in Town). In fact the only dull moment I can think of is when Anthony must go through some sort of quest to uncover a magical artifact hidden in a cave (once he aquires it he never even uses it). The scene is tedious and unfunny.

As far as acting goes Anthony is in his usual bad acting form (which mysteriously took a hike during the filming of "Blindman") but that is part of Anthony's charm and one wonders if he is really that bad or he just acts bad to get a laugh. Either way his hammy performance works!

There is also an inspired role by Loyd Battista as a crazy hunchback who fancies himself a great shakespearean actor!

Some money was thrown into this one. Big sets, large scale battles and explosive pyrotechnics litter the film. Baldi's direction keeps the film moving at a brisk pace and doesn't let little things like logic and plot hamper the procceedings.

 The intention was that if "Get Mean" was a hit, sequels with the Stranger as a time traveler would follow. Unfortunatly, but not surprisingly, the film failed to find an audience.



Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Banjo on March 22, 2007, 09:59:51 AM
Sorry guys but from what i watched Get Mean is appallingly bad and i couldn't sit through more than a few minutes of it. :(


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on March 22, 2007, 03:50:51 PM
Sorry guys but from what i watched Get Mean is appallingly bad and i couldn't sit through more than a few minutes of it. :(


I'll make a deal with you...

Since you will be getting a widescreen transfer of THE CRAZY BUNCH in the mail shortly ( ;) ) you must watch GET MEAN since you have already sat through a worse SW (TCB)


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Banjo on March 23, 2007, 05:15:16 AM
Since you will be getting a widescreen transfer of THE CRAZY BUNCH in the mail shortly
:o
Hey what with Bad Mans River i'm gonna be living in a bad sw paradise ;D

OK boss maybe i could sit through it with a few beers O0


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Franks Harmonica on March 28, 2007, 02:59:29 PM
When youve been poked, prodded, gouged, kicked, punched, sh!t on, spit on, pissed on and burnt .... it time to get mean!

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h119/kevinbucket/Get_Mean_01.jpg)


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 13, 2008, 06:23:52 PM
Interesting behind the scenes footage taken by Tony Anthony's girlfriend (at the time "Get Mean" was shot).
There is a funny clip of Anthony flipping the birdie to the camera at one point in the footage.

http://www.meandtherollingstones.com/GetsMean/hm.html


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on May 09, 2008, 09:47:44 PM
Somebody should tell Marco that they (whoever "they" may be) plagirised his review for GET MEAN on this site

http://www.meandtherollingstones.com/GetsMean/reviews.html

Unless of course it was Marco who allowed them to use it. Maybe he's running the site himself?


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: titoli on July 10, 2008, 04:35:12 PM
an oddball art-flick.


Oddball it is, but the art?

Anyway, my compliments to Anthony and Baldi for succeeding in persuading somebody to put money into this piece of crap.


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on October 30, 2008, 10:09:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAX94IBMaoo&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNlsqU_gkB4&feature=related


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Banjo on November 08, 2008, 01:48:52 PM
Still not got round to watching this but i've just dug the disc out ready to view. O0


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Marco Leone on November 11, 2008, 04:29:49 PM
Somebody should tell Marco that they (whoever "they" may be) plagirised his review for GET MEAN on this site

http://www.meandtherollingstones.com/GetsMean/reviews.html

Unless of course it was Marco who allowed them to use it. Maybe he's running the site himself?


Oooh yeah, that does look pretty familiar!!  I am sure that they could find someone better than me to pinch reviews from though!!  ;D


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Groggy on November 12, 2008, 12:03:57 AM
Everytime I see this title it makes me think of the one SpongeBob episode with the Frycook Games. ;D I have to see it for that alone.


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: Banjo on November 12, 2008, 08:18:22 AM
Finally sat through all of this on my second attempt yesterday.I think the main problem was the annoying jolting movement on my dvdr but after managing to put up with this its not half as bad as i thought,probably better than THE SILENT STRANGER.

Very bizarre indeed including the main vllain being a hunchback called Richard (the third?) who spouts out a load of Shakespeare quotes in the final "showdown" with Anthony.Cannot recommend this as a sw,only really for THE STRANGER/Tony Anthony fans.

Now where's my CRAZY BUNCH disc FC? :D


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on November 16, 2008, 09:13:02 AM
Well, this movie was really painful to watch. I would not describe it as an oddity, but as an absolute piece of crap and an insult to the average person's intelligence. I don't know who wrote the script, but that person must have been very high on drugs or very intoxicated with alcohol to mix the Barbarians in Spain (V-VI Century AD) with the Moors (IX-XV Century AD) and the Far West with trains, etc (XIX Century AD).

1 out of 10, and that's only because I feel very generous today.  >:D


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on November 16, 2008, 02:45:48 PM
I don't know who wrote the script, but that person must have been very high on drugs or very intoxicated with alcohol to mix the Barbarians in Spain (V-VI Century AD) with the Moors (IX-XV Century AD) and the Far West with trains, etc (XIX Century AD).

Tony's excuse is that the sphere is a time passage which warps time around.
It isn't evident in the film but whatever...

The logic of it all didn't bother me because most spaghetti westerns have plot holes you can drive a bus through.
The film (Get Mean) is moderately entertaining and should be seen for Anthony who puts in another ham bone performance.

So I guess I should say it is for the Tony Anthony fans ONLY.


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on November 16, 2008, 03:01:39 PM
Tony's excuse is that the sphere is a time passage which warps time around.
It isn't evident in the film but whatever...

The logic of it all didn't bother me because most spaghetti westerns have plot holes you can drive a bus through.
The film (Get Mean) is moderately entertaining and should be seen for Anthony who puts in another ham bone performance.

So I guess I should say it is for the Tony Anthony fans ONLY.

IMO, Tony's acting is perhaps the only thing that is salvageable in the movie. I thought of the spheres in the same way you mention, but that does not explain why Tony arrives to the village being dragged by a horse, or the scenes depicting a train crossing the US and a tall ship crossing the Atlantic; and many other things.

I have seen in many SWs many historical inaccuracies, like using weapons that never existed (i.e. Sabata's Derringer, or the rocket-launching pipe organ in one of Garko's Sartana movies, or the machine guns shown in AFOD, Compaņeros, A train for Durango...); or weapons or gadgets that  were not invented yet (example: the electric alarm in A reason to live, a reason to die). However, in the latter case, we are talking about 30 - 50 years span at the most between the time the gadgets were depicted and the time they were invented. This is clearly not what happens in Get Mean.

Oh well, I hope I get a better impression from Blindman, which I expect to watch shortly.



Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on November 16, 2008, 03:10:18 PM
but that does not explain why Tony arrives to the village being dragged by a horse


He was summoned by the gypsy witch.

That horse is his trusty steed Pussy.


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: cigar joe on November 16, 2008, 03:16:13 PM
Blindman isn't bad, it is what it is which is pretty facical, but I get a kick out of it & like it . Its good for a few laughs


Title: Re: Get Mean (1975)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on November 16, 2008, 05:06:43 PM

He was summoned by the gypsy witch.

That horse is his trusty steed Pussy.

Well, when looking at the way and the length of time the horse dragged him, Tony should have arrived to the village with no skin left on his legs and belly, no knees and elbows left, and possibly his "equipment" destroyed.  :D But he walks in the building like if nothing had happened, with no signs of blood, and his pants and boots with no signs of damage   ???

The credits show that the movie is based on a story written by Tony, and also that Tony was the producer. Makes one wonder.....