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Title: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 23, 2005, 03:15:02 PM
This weeks viewing was........

THE STRANGER RETURNS
(Uomo, un cavallo, una pistola, Un)

Tony Anthony returns in his "Stranger" guise, in a film that totally eclipses the qualities of its predecessor, "A Stranger in Town".

To the sound of Cipriani's superb score, the Stranger rides horseback (astride the interestingly named "Pussy") through the desert, protecting himself from the sun's rays with a pink parasol, and greeting a passing traveller. The sound of gunfire alerts him to a nearby ranch, where he finds the traveller lying dead. A great gunfight scene ensues, and three dead bodies later he learns of a bandit gang's gold heist plot.

The gang, led by En Plein (Dan Vadis) are known as the Treasure of the Border, on account of the size of the bounties that rest on their heads (although quite how some of his goofy comrades manage to generate such a vast reward is beyond me). They successfully ambush a stagecoach, which is soon revealed to be made of solid gold. The Stranger tracks down the gang, in an effort to claim the bounty, assisted by a deranged local preacher with a pocketful of fireworks.

The story itself is very simple, but delivered in a great style. Like the other films in the Stranger series (well, those that I have seen), it combines the feel of the Leone films (in its poncho clad protagonist and its morricone-mimic soundtrack) but injects an extra dosage of humour. This humorous side is particularly well crafted (such as the enjoyable scene at the beginning of the movie, when the Stranger is forced at gunpoint to dig a grave both for the dead traveller and himself). "Returns" does not borrow so heavily from the Dollars trilogy as "A Stranger in Town", but still its clear where its influences lie. And why not - it does it very successfully and makes for great viewing.

Anthony is never going to exude the same level of cool as Eastwood's Man With No Name, and therefore deliberately plays the role in a more clumsy comical fashion. But there is still no denying his character's appeal - or his fast-draw and accurate gun-play. The supporting characters also really add to the enjoyment, with Vadis particularly well suited to the role of the merciless gang leader.

Perhaps the highlight of the film though is Cipriani's score which, as mentioned earlier, owes more than a passing nod to Ennio, but aptly captures the mood and feeling as the action unfurls. It's one of those soundtracks that could make even a bad film worth watching.

Anthony's Stranger series eventually collapsed into the medieval farce that is "Get Mean". But this particular episode of the Stranger's adventures is a truly enjoyable and highly watchable western. And one that nearly reaches the highlights of Anthony's finest hour - Blindman. "Returns" is the best of the Stranger films that I have seen, and one that I would definitely recommend.

If you've seen it, I'd be grateful if you could cast your vote at http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/strangerreturns.html


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 23, 2005, 03:32:15 PM
MARCO

perhaps u can shed some light in this mystery. i once heard that the stranger series is in fact a triology
but i havent found or even heard of a third!
is there even a third?


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 23, 2005, 03:40:53 PM
Yeah, the third is A Stranger in Japan (although I've not seen this).

The film "Get Mean" also uses the Stranger character in a very bizzare setting ( http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/getmean.html if you are interested!).

Hope this helps.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 23, 2005, 06:08:14 PM

interesting thanks.

also how did u hear of STRANGER IN JAPAN?



also i have heard of a sw called THE SILENT STRANGER
does that feature the same character?


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 23, 2005, 06:09:06 PM
HOLY SHIT i am a senior member


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 24, 2005, 01:22:15 PM
Hex, Silnt Stranger and Stranger in Japan are one and the same film - two different titles.  And yes, although I haven't seen it, it is the same character.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 26, 2005, 10:57:44 AM
thanks amigo


iam guessing it was not as good as the first two

it sure NOT publicized as much.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 26, 2005, 01:18:34 PM
I've read its not as good, but yet someone told me the other day that it was their favourite!  Incidently, it gets quite a few good reviews on IMDB.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 26, 2005, 08:11:27 PM
i am quite surprised u havent bought it youreself
sir ???



also as for GET MEAN i read youre reveiw but could u please elaborate just a bit more if at all possible ;D


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 27, 2005, 01:07:48 PM
Well, to be honest I wasn't sure if I'd like the Stranger films, having seen Get Mean first.  But I really enjoyed them, so will be looking out for A Stranger in Japan.

As for Get Mean, and expanding on my review.... I really tried to wipe it out of my memory  :D.  Actually looking at that review, I did keep it very short didn't I!

Basically the start of it is quite promising, with good atmosphere and feels like the SW that we know and love.  And then all of a sudden a load of bandits burst into the building.

Its a struggle to really think of much more that happened.  My eyes were too wide open, and I assumed that I must just be drunk (which I was, but not THAT drunk!).

All Movie Guide describes it thus "In this utterly bizarre spaghetti western, the "Stranger" must cope with a wide assortment of strange villains. Through the course of the story he fights with Vikings who suddenly appear in a western ghost town; a strange Elizabethan family costumed in period clothing who live in a desert castle; and medieval knights whom he battles using machine guns, TNT, and his gun. A bizarre silver ball hangs over the melees, watching the strange goings on. "

Yup, its a strange one!


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 28, 2005, 12:27:56 AM
how wonderfully weird
where did  purchase it


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 28, 2005, 03:24:05 PM
I got it on ebay - its a copy.   :D I wouldn't rush out and buy it


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 29, 2005, 10:00:02 AM
why is it awful




the stranger fighting vikings in a ghost town(i think u wrote that?) sounds pretty cool to me :)

however u saw it so enlighten me....


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Marco Leone on September 29, 2005, 04:16:07 PM
well, its alright.... if you AREN'T in the mood for a western!  In my review I said it was watchable as a weird sort of art flick  ;D

There are far better out there though!


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: HEX on September 30, 2005, 09:10:51 AM
thanks


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: titoli on February 04, 2006, 05:45:45 PM
What made me wonder what the heck was I watching  was actually the protagonist. Here you have a supposedly thirtyish man looking like he's running asthmatically toward 60. He's having costant trouble with the sheet he wears poncho fashion without really coming to terms with it. He's made the butt of all jokes by the bad ones who inflict on him the worst punishments. And still  you end up liking this jinxy character. And also the movie,except for the too strtched final sequence. Most people seem to make much of Stelvio Cipriani score. I don't, too derivative.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Banjo on August 25, 2006, 05:36:52 PM
Perhaps the highlight of the film though is Cipriani's score which, as mentioned earlier, owes more than a passing nod to Ennio, but aptly captures the mood and feeling as the action unfurls. It's one of those soundtracks that could make even a bad film worth watching.
I finally caught up with Stranger Returns today and Marco's review is spot on!
One thing about Cipriani's score-did the main theme sound like a rehash to you Marco,of his earlier Ugly Ones(1966) score?
Theres also a definate touch of the They Died With Their Boots On(you know-the GarryOwen tune!) with the cavalry theme too!


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Cusser on August 27, 2006, 08:03:27 PM
I saw the two Stranger films in the late 1960s (at a drive-in, never played real theaters here); I remember Stranger Returns as being significantly better, and its music, haven't seen since.  Cheesy name though: Tony Anthony.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Ben Tyreen on July 04, 2008, 10:38:22 AM
  Well, like FC pointed out in the original's thread, I liked the sequel a lot more than the first one, pretty much all around.  A horse called "Pussy," the pink umbrella shading Anthony, shooting through his legs to pick the bandits off, pretending to be Inspector Ross, and the final explosion with the Preacher's fireworks were all nice touches. 

  The bad guys were pretty good, especially their leader, El Plein, who can't miss a shot with his rifle.  Although I guess I've seen enough spaghettis now, the second "Good Jim" shows up I knew he was working with the bandits.  Good doublecrosses all around, and the ending showdown with the four-barrelled shotgun was excellent. 

  I liked Tony Anthony a lot more in this one too, although he takes some getting used to as an anti-hero as opposed to Eastwood or LVC.  The second one was good enough though I'll look forward to seeing the other Stranger movies and Blindman.  Much better than the original, I go 7.5/10. O0


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: cigar joe on July 04, 2008, 04:33:10 PM
I have it recorded also haven't watched it yet though. Looking forward to it, I remember seeing this now advertized on Times Square in the 1960's especially the posters with the parisol, this had a release for sure.


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 05, 2008, 11:16:31 PM
ending showdown with the four-barrelled shotgun was excellent. 

To be honest I think the climax of the first bests this one's.
TSR's climax is stretched out for too long.
And that scene with Raf Baldessarre taking a break from hunting the Stranger to have a bite to eat is ridiculous.

Glad you liked it Tim.
Check out the third installment as it is the best of the four part series as well as one of the best the genre has to offer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjAZHewr4B8


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: Ben Tyreen on July 06, 2008, 12:05:13 AM
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And that scene with Raf Baldessarre taking a break from hunting the Stranger to have a bite to eat is ridiculous.

  I had that thougt too watching the eating scene.  The whole scene was painful to watch from Baldessarre entering the room and setting his pistol down to the awkwardness that ensues once Anthony enters.  And I did like the shotgun showdown in the original too.  The coffin trick made me like this one a little more. O0


Title: Re: Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola aka The Stranger Returns (1967)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on October 31, 2009, 11:13:27 AM
I liked this movie much more than the original Stranger in Town. Better music, better acting and better plot. I particularly liked Dan Vadis playing the role of the mean villian En Plein, who by the way reminds me a lot of Warren Oates in Barquero (except that Barquero was made 3 years later). Marco Guglielmi adds a humorous touch in his role as the preacher.

The one thing I did not understand is how could the two stagecoaches be mistaken one with the other despite looking alike. Since gold is much, much heavier than wood, I can imagine the horses will not be able to pull one of them so easily, and the tracks in the mud or soil would have been much deeper.

Little details aside, an OK, enjoyable SW.

6.5/10