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Other Films / Bandidos aka Crepa tu... che vivo io (1967)
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:25:54 PM »
Another Marco Leone review!  This week, I have been watching Bandidos :

"This film starts with a classic sequence in which a train is held up by Billy Kane (Venantini) and his bandits. All the passengers are brutally massacred because, as Kane rightly states, if you don't want your face on any reward posters, you don't leave any witnesses. There is one survivor however - Richard Martin (Salerno) - a renowned fast gunslinger who attempts to take on the gang singlehandedly. There is previous history between the gunmen, and to remove the threat Kane shoots and cripples both of Martin's hands, ending his gunslinging days for good.

Years pass, and Martin is now travelling from town to town, hosting a gunslinger show. Fate brings him face to face with escaped convict Ricky Shot (Jenkins) who he takes under his wing, passing on his prowess with a gun, with the aim of using the young hotshot to gain his revenge on Kane. As it happens, Ricky Shot has his own motive for facing Kane, as we find out as the story unfolds.

Bandidos is a classic spaghetti western in the revenge sphere. Whilst the cast features none of the usual spaghetti stalwarts that we know and love, it is well casted, particularly Salerno in the part of Martin. It is also superbly directed by Dallamano, a man better known for his thrillers.

The film contains some superbly tense gunfights, matched with a decent soundtrack. The story is at all times riverting, making Bandidos a highly recommended film for all lovers of Italian westerns, and maybe a few more besides".

Marco Leone Rating 3/4 (recommended).

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Other Films / A Pistol for Ringo
« on: May 10, 2005, 01:24:04 PM »
Ok, its another Marco Leone review..........

"Merry Christmas".

It is with this customary exchange that "A Pistol for Ringo" opens. Christmas is only two days away, but the towns-folks festive celebrations are about to come to an abrupt halt, when a band of mexicans, led by Sancho (played, quite aptly, by Fernando Sancho), take a ranch and its inhabitants hostage following a failed escape from a bank-robbery. The local sheriff, Ben, (played in true Hollywood style by Jorge Martin) has the ranch surrounded, but cannot attack for fear of the hostages being massacred. A particular concern in view of the fact that his love interest is amongst the hostages. Ringo (Gemma) is spending time in jail for the killing (albeit in "self defence") of a local gang. But when Sancho threatens to kill two hostages a day unless he and his gang are freed, the Sheriff has no option but to send in Ringo.

This is a really enjoyable movie, that sits somewhere in-between the dirt and grittiness of Leone and his Italian counterparts, and the classic American western. Even Morricone's soundtrack leans towards 50/60's Hollywood, with its crooned (and toe-tappingly catchy) theme tune.

The leading roles played by Gemma and Sancho are very convincing, and the dialogue is entertaining and full of classic quotes throughout: "God created men equal. It was the six gun that made them different". Ringo is far cleaner than Eastwood's Man With No Name (thus his name Angel Face), and cares not for alcohol, much preferring milk. But he shares the same ability and ruthlessness with a gun. Sancho meanwhile is gruff and merciless, revelling in carrying out his threat to kill one hostage at sunrise and one at sunset daily. Didn't anyone tell him it was the season of goodwill to all men????

Although not quite as strong as Director Tessari's follow up "Return of Ringo", this is one of the best of the early Spaghettis, and definitely a must view.

4/4

Like I've said many many times before, anyone that wants to add a review to this or any other Spaghetti Western, I'd love to feature it on my site (see link below).

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Other Films / Hate Thy Neighbour
« on: May 02, 2005, 03:03:50 PM »
Well got my DVD player working again, so back to writing reviews for my web site!  Here is my effort for the Baldi film "Hate Thy Neighbour" :

"Hate Thy Neighbour" combines the classic Spaghetti revenge scenario, with the regular Spaghetti "map" tale. The story centres around Ken Dakota's search for the murderer of his brother, who was killed by bandit Gary Stevens, at the behest of Mexican land owner Chris Malone, for a goldmine map. Stevens tears the map in two, and gives Malone half, spiralling into a running feud of double crosses between the two, whilst Dakota attempts to bring the men responsible for his brothers death to justice.

This is a really enjoyable Spaghetti Western, albeit with the odd moment of corny dialogue. It includes some really exciting moments, such as peasants and bandits duelling with metal claws for Malone's pleasure, torture by hanging over a pit of snakes, and some very talented bandito musicianship! My experiences to date have highlighted that Director Baldi can come up with some great movies (Blindman, Viva Django) and some absolute turkeys (Get Mean and, so I've heard, Rita of the West). Hate Thy Neighbour doesn't hit the highs of Blindman by any means, but is certainly an enjoyable view, with George Eastman (as Stevens) and Horst Frank (Malone) putting in good roles, and the plot having some quality twists and turns.

Not the easiest of movies to get your hands on, but certainly worth the effort if you are a fan of the Spaghetti genre.

p.s. Feel free to send me any Spaghetti Western reviews to post on my site.  It is slowly but surely expanding!  The link should hopefully be below!

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General Discussion / A bit late but.....
« on: April 23, 2005, 12:14:27 PM »
..... they had a doc about Leone on the Biography channel in the UK today.  Not seen it yet, but a treat to find!

If I'd have seen it advertised, I'd have warned you all!  Sorry guys n gals.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Review
« on: April 15, 2005, 01:54:06 PM »
Hi folks.  Sorry to plug my site yet again (!!), but wanted to refer you all to the great review that Groggy has kindly written about Once Upon a Time in the West.  Just go to http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns , and then select the Spaghetti Western link, and look down the list for Once Upon a Time in the West.

Cheers. It is a great review.  And if anyone else fancies doing similar for any Leone (or indeed other Spag Westerns) please let me know.

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Watched this one on my "sick bed" this morning!  And, as always, have joyyed down my comments on http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns :

"This is one of those films that nearly loses you, but in the end rewards you for sitting through it. It makes for a very good view, despite its leisurely pace at times.

In summary Anthony Quinn stars as a outlaw that is saved by Father John, whom he escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in the hills from indians, who pillage their crops and burn their buildings. When Father John is murdered, the outlaw is mistaken as the man of god by the villagers, and assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves.

Quinn is superb in his role, complimented by Charles Bronson, who plays the bad guy "half breed" Teclo. Sam Jaffe's Father Joseph character is also very likable.

Whilst the movie is quite slow in places, this only helps to plot out the story. Although casting the indians as the "bad guys", it does explain that the massacre of the villagers is no different than what the white man has done to their own race "in the name of god".

The soundtrack is again provided by Ennio Morricone and, whilst not his best work, does help provide the suitable atmosphere, borrowing heavily from some of his other compositions.

Definitely worth a view".

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Other Films / Get Mean (1975)
« on: April 05, 2005, 05:30:59 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!

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / What! Yet Another Review of GBU!!!
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:54:18 AM »
Yes its true.  You may or may not have seen the SW website that I have been working on, inwhich I am gradually writing a review/opinion of all the SW's I've seen.  Well, I thought I should get one on there for GBU (it is my favourite film after all).

Anyway, if anyone wants to challange my review, or send me any reviews for other films to post (obviously I will credit it to them), then please do so.  All would be appreciated, as I'm trying to develop a resource of various people's opinion on these movies.

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns or email halfsoldier@freak-circus.fsnet.co.uk

Cheers again.

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Other Films / Marco Leone's review site
« on: March 25, 2005, 10:45:26 AM »
Hi all,

I've started work on a Spaghetti Western site. The aim is for it to be more based on comment and opinion, rather than factual (as you know there are a number of sites that already do that, and have far more knowledge, than I could ever have!).

Anyway, I've started off with the idea of listing the films I own, and intend to write a quick review of each. I tend to watch one or two a week, so am writing the review as I either rewatch one, or see it for the first time. In this respect, it is still very much a works in progress.

I was going to say that, if anyone feels that they want to contribute a review, please feel free to email it to me. I will obviously credit them (either by their real name, or "handle" from this site). My intention is to extend the list from the films I own (which is only about 70 of the 500 or so made), so if its a review to a film not listed I'll add it anyway. Any help would be appreciated, because it is a bit light on content at the moment.

Likewise, if anyone wants me to include a link to their own SW site, please let me know.

Oh yeah..... nearly forgot.... the link is http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns .

Many thanks.

Marc / halfsoldier - mailto:halfsoldier@freak-circus.fsnet.co.uk

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