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« Reply #90 on: July 11, 2006, 04:22:32 PM »

Re-watched the movie today, after about 20 years. I liked it more than the first time. I appreciated particularly the high production values which make the movie pleasing to the eye: scenographers, costumist and special effects men knew their trade.
Still the movie is no masterpiece and even no good entertainment for a very simple reason: it has no characters and no dramatic development.   It takes about half the movie to understand who's the evil guy and what's cooking. Worse, you don't know what the good guy (a miscast Rory Calhoun: can anybody explain his haircut?) is there for. Also, the good guys why want to revolt? A very fine example of the lack of half-cooked clarity of the movie is the Prologue before the opening credits: can't understand what it was about and what it leads to.

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« Reply #91 on: October 03, 2009, 05:18:45 PM »

... a miscast Rory Calhoun: can anybody explain his haircut?...

Leone really like how he ended up with Calhoun. He said that Calhoun's tired-out nonchalant attitude was exactly what he would find in Eastwood later. He also loved the way Calhoun played the role like a poor-man's version of Cary Grant in Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest' to give a very tongue-in-cheek feel to the whole film.

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