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Other Films / Scenes Common to Spaghetti Westerns
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:48:11 PM »
Having watched about 15 spagehtti westerns including all of Leone's I have seen several common scenes which appear in many of the movies.  I will list them here and if you know of more you can add to the list:

1.  Hero/Protagonist walks into hotel to get a room.  All rooms are full or best room is booked.  Hero takes room anyway and kicks occupant out.  This scene is in FFDM (I think)  and Campaneros.

2.  Hero confronts bad guy playing poker.  This scene is in Mannaja - a Man Called Blade, Death Rides a Horse and at least one of the Leone trilogy movies.

3.  Hero demonstrates extremely accurate shooting prowess to the point of impossibilty.  Hat shooting scene in FFDM, potato shooting scene in The Great Silence.

4.  Hero gets gun hand injured, burned or mangled.  FFD, The Great Silence.

5.  Extreme and inventive torture scenes.   Buried up to neck with eye lids pinned open (Mannaja - A Man Called Blade), Buried up to neck and trampeled by horses (Campaneros),  a  hungry rat or other vermin trapped in an overturned basket that is attached to persons stomach (Campaneros).

Other Films / Corri uomo corri aka Run, Man, Run (1968)
« on: February 27, 2004, 02:51:38 PM »
I ordered the Spaghetti Western box set from Blue Underground.  It contains Django, Django Kill!, Run Man Run and Mannaja. I ordered it because the first 3 movies are all listed in the Top 20 Non-Leone Spaghetti Westerns in the order listed.   I have not watched Mannajs yet however, while I enjoyed the first three I felt Run Man Run (RMR) was far far superior than Django and Django Kill! which are ranked above it.  RMR is much more like a Sergio Leone western in cinamatography and plot/story.  Django and Django Kill! seem almost like parodies and the production value is lacking.  RMR is very good, with great wide shots, great production value and very good and complex, multi-layered and above all coherent plot and I think it is much better than its ranking.   The lead actor Tomas Milian who is also the lead in Django Kill! is a bit of a goof but he is crazy like a fox.   The DVD's are all high quality too.  

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Derivative GBU Movies
« on: November 17, 2003, 10:41:28 AM »
The 1994 movie Gunmen is a remake of the basic plot of GBU.  It was written by Stephen Sommers who went on to write and direct the Mummy and the Mummy II and wrote and is directing the upcoming Van Helsing to be released in May 2004.  Gunmen did poorly at the Box office and although the script was good when it was made into the movie it was turned into a "rap" star vehicle.

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