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1  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Throwing the tin star in the dirt on: November 30, 2014, 01:15:41 PM
A highly controversial action by Gary Cooper at the end of High Noon. Is it referenced by any scene in a Leone film? Well, nearly, but in a reverse scenario. Early in FAFDM, after Clint has wiped out Baby Cavanagh's mob in White Rock, he tells the sheriff that he should be brave, loyal, etc. and takes his badge off him. Outside, he suggests to the townsfolk that they need a new sheriff and throws down the badge.

Cooper threw his badge away because he was disgusted with the people of Hadleyville; Clint threw the White Rock badge away out of disgust with the sheriff.
2  General Information / General Discussion / Re: RIP Tuco on: June 26, 2014, 02:01:27 PM
Very sad but 98 is a hell of a long life and, as someone said above, he was happily married to his wife for 66 years. He was a great actor and I have always said he should have been given an Oscar for Tuco. But, the Hollywood establishment in the sixties didn't recognise foreign moviemakers like Sergio or the deservedly popular films they might create or the truly great performances in them. RIP Eli and thanks for the memories.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Update on gang members on: April 30, 2014, 02:10:03 AM
This has been covered many times but reviewing the membership in the current IMDB cast listing, there are fifteen as follows:

Gian Maria Volonté as El Indio
Aldo Sambrell as Cuchillio
Antonio Molino Rojo as Frisco
Benito Stefanelli as Luke / Huey
Eduardo García as unnamed
Enrique Santiago as Miguel
Frank Braña as Blackie
José Canalejas as Chico
Klaus Kinski as Wild
Luigi Pistilli as Groggy
Luis Rodríguez as Manuel
Mario Brega as Nino
Nazzareno Natale as Paco
Panos Papadopulos as Sancho Perez
Werner Abrolat as Slim

The interesting one is Eduardo García as a man with no name who made only fleeting appearances. Equally, I'm not sure which were Miguel and Manuel. Can anyone elaborate on them?
4  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: What happened to Sancho Perez? on: April 16, 2014, 12:27:54 PM
Sancho was played by the Greek actor Panos Papadopoulos who died in Munich on 18 February 2001. Someone above mentioned that Sancho had a big character build-up after his release from jail but he then became part of the scenery with only a couple of possible sightings like the one in the wagon. I wonder if the actor left the production and so we only saw glimpses of a substitute. Assuming he was one of the two killed in the street, we didn't see his face. My bet is that the actor moved on.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Joe/Monco/Blondie vs Harmonica on: January 27, 2014, 12:59:32 PM
I think the point about realism hits the nail on the head. Leone spoke of his westerns as fairy tales and some of the gunplay deployed in the trilogy underlines that so, yes, Clint appeared to be invincible against all odds. OUTW was a different concept which was close to reality in storytelling terms. So, although Charlie can take on three men and win, he gets hit himself in the process. If Clint had been in this film, his "untouchable fairy tale legend" persona would have been seriously revised.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Best Westeern ever! on: January 18, 2014, 03:07:24 PM
Leone always insisted he was telling "fairy stories" and that is just another term for mythology. The whole western genre from The Great Train Robbery onwards has perpetuated that mythology. Leone made a start and got better at it, finally turning it into true cinematic art and the culmination of that process was this film.
7  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: What happened to Sancho Perez? on: January 18, 2014, 03:00:58 PM
There is one gang member who has never been identified either by name of character or actor. He was in the chapel scene and he makes up the numbers. That's all I can say.
8  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Who thinks that this is best out of all 3?? on: January 18, 2014, 02:55:04 PM
Hey, this is the best of the trilogy, IMO, but Sergio went even higher with OUTW.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Happy Birthday Eli! on: January 18, 2014, 02:52:57 PM
So, end of next year he'll hit the big hundred.

You know, UNK! UNK! sounds like he's having a drink...........
10  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Before the flashback scenes, what was El Indio smoking? on: January 18, 2014, 02:42:21 PM
It would be interesting to know what was available back then apart from tobacco. The point is that Indio was a complete madman but no idiot. Didn't need junk: he was already gone.

And he wouldn't have had a smoke in jail so he was dying for a fag.
11  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: The fella on horseback who gets shot at the start of the film. on: January 18, 2014, 02:39:16 PM
Leone himself was the whistler. The scene simply illustrated my tagline which appeared on screen at that point.

You think you're in the clear and you're just riding along, whistling tunelessly to yourself and then the bounty hunter gets you.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: The Squeaky Clean Rape Scene on: January 18, 2014, 02:35:50 PM
Hey, Indio knew who his victim was and who her brother was. Mortimer was his nemesis. He had known his fate a long, long time.

A complete madman, but no idiot.
13  General Information / General Discussion / The Horse Soldiers on: January 18, 2014, 02:27:43 PM
Hey, after all this time, my fiftieth post. Anyway, just watched The Horse Soldiers on British ITV4 tonight. Yeah, you think I'm gonna mention the bridge and how that inspired Sergio in GBU (and nearly brained Clint and Eli). Well, there is that. No. Remember a scene in GBU just after the bridge when Clint cares for a dying boy and gives him his cigar? That came from The Horse Soldiers too, with John Wayne caring for one of his own boys who's just been mortally wounded in the battle at the railway station.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Joe/Monco/Blondie vs Harmonica on: March 26, 2013, 04:56:03 PM
Harmonica by a distance, especially if it is true that GBU were intended to be the three men waiting at the station.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: What happened to Sancho Perez? on: March 26, 2013, 04:46:31 PM
Sancho was one of two men killed in the street by Mortimer and Monco. They had their backs to the camera. The numbers add up and you can do a countdown from Mortimer's estimate in the hotel room. So, unless Sancho quit and another man joined, he must logically have been one of the two in the street. I, of course, put up a valiant fight until that wagon burst into my hideout.  Angry
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