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« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2006, 01:31:56 PM »

a poll sounds good.

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« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2006, 03:08:32 AM »

OK i'll do a poll.

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« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2006, 06:12:01 PM »

found this finally. I will write a review soon.

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« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2006, 06:20:22 PM »

Face To Face would be in my top 10 anyday!
Although not havng quite the correct complexion Milian put in a career best sw performance!

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« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2006, 09:59:54 PM »

i'm amazed at the amount of stick Big Gundown gets when there are dozens of real overated stinkers(e.g. Blindman)


Not saying that now are we? after you viewed my uncut Blindman, its all good eh? Grin

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« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2006, 10:59:37 PM »

review of "Face to Face".


After hearing all the hype around this film for years now, it had a lot to live up too. Thankfully it lived up to the hype. This is easily Sollima's best western(I dont think much of the other two...) in my eyes. However it is not perfect and has many faults.

I will now commence to write a rather negative reveiw of the film but dont let that fool you, I liked it very much. Its easily in the top 15 catergory of spaghetti westerns that I have seen...

Brad Fletcher(Volonte) is a school teacher who has taken a vacation(holiday) to Texas for health reasons. He gets kidnapped by a ruthless, wounded cut throat Bearegard Bennet(Milian)  and is taken to a nearby hideout in the forest(how is there a forest in the middle of the desert is beyond my comprehension). Once in the forest Brad helps extract a bullet from Bennet's body. Bennet is grateful to the proffessor(I guess) and teaches him to hunt for rabbit. Fletcher holds a gun for the first time in this scene and mentions how impowering it is to hold one. Later Bennet takes Brad to a nearby town so he can catch a train back home to Boston. Once at the town a local buisness man enlist the help of Bennet to kill the town sheriff, who is ruling the town with fear, A gunfight ensues. The scene, though well staged, doesnt bring anything new to the story nor does it further the plot and it feels like a poor excuse to have an action sequence(however it is well doen and I am not complaining). Anyway fletcher kills his first man during the gunfight(it happens much to soon) and ends up ditching the train ride to the east and joins Bennet on his quest to round up his old gang. Eventually Bennet becomes more and more gentle because of Fletcher and Fletcher has become a murderous psycho due too Bennet's behavoir. Fletcher takes over the gang and Bennet joins Charlie Siringo, a government agent, to stop Fletcher and his gang of cut-throats.


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1.Tomas Milian plays an ex-confederate army southerner...AIN'T BUYIN IT FOLKS. Though he does an excellent job, Milian is hopelessly mis-cast here. He looks nothing like a white southerner and if he was supposed to play a "Half breed" he still would have gotten racist remarks from his all white ex-confederate gang members. In fact, they probably would have not allowed him to join in the first place.

2.Brad Fletcher's turn from timid school teacher to ruthless outlaw is a bit half assed and should have been fleshed out a bit more. This film would have greatly improved if the running time were about twenty minutes longer, as long as the extra running time was to be used to show more aspects of Fletcher and bennets transformation.

3. Too many damn characters!!! This isnt usually a bad thing, but the extra characters are never developed into anything more than canon fodder. AT one point the sexy Linda Veras pops up as Fletcher's new woman (the other was killed) towards the very end. She just seems to come out of nowhere and is killed by vigilantes immediatly after she is introduced. Are we supposed to feel something for this woman we know nothing  about? That is the overall indication. Plus The movie should concentrate more on the two main characters rather than introducing other charcaters.

4.The title of the film, "Face to Face", is very misleading. I expected a huge showdown between Bennet and Flecther at the very end. This never takes place...

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Bennet shoots Fletcher in the back just before the SOB can kill Siringo.

END OF SPOILER

5. Morricone's score is the most disappointing element of the film. It ranges from bad to mediocre. Its unimaginative(this is very unlike Morricone). It is easily the WORST morricone soundtrack I have heard to a spaghetti western.
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also It would have been nice to see Lee Van Cleef in the role of Charlie Siringo. Dont get me wrong, Berger does a damn fine job(in fact it is his best role in a spag) but it would have been nice to see Van Cleef as the government agent.


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« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2006, 06:58:37 AM »


Not saying that now are we? after you viewed my uncut Blindman, its all good eh? Grin
I'm not ashamed or too proud to alter my opinions Roll Eyes

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« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2006, 07:02:42 AM »

review of "Face to Face".


After hearing all the hype around this film for years now, it had a lot to live up too. Thankfully it lived up to the hype. This is easily Sollima's best western(I dont think much of the other two...) in my eyes.
Any relation to Derringdo by any chance? Grin
Morricones soundtrack is one of the most moving scores of his i've heard Smiley
Its a great real thought provoking one-off sw!

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« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2006, 07:04:21 AM »

I'm not ashamed or too proud to alter my opinions Roll Eyes
Anyway you changed your mind with Ace High Wink

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« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2006, 09:23:47 AM »

Any relation to Derringdo by any chance? Grin



didnt Derringdo like this movie?

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« Reply #40 on: April 20, 2006, 10:33:48 AM »


Morricones soundtrack is one of the most moving scores of his i've heard Smiley
Its a great real thought provoking one-off sw!


The movie itself is thought provoking. The soundtrack is not.

my two cents.

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« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2006, 09:21:17 PM »

yea dd liked it.

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« Reply #42 on: April 20, 2006, 09:23:17 PM »

did you agree with my review Joe?

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« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2006, 09:29:14 PM »

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did you agree with my review Joe

Yea practically word for word, Milian very miscast.

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« Reply #44 on: April 20, 2006, 09:33:53 PM »

Yea practically word for word, Milian very miscast.


you had the same feelings about the soundtrack?

and what of the mis-leading title?

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