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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2009, 04:49:41 PM »

Well I don't think killing people in cold blood was part of Navarro's character. I only remember the one gun hanging in the house that was hidden from sight. Of course he isn't going to simply kill Sancho and co. at the first available moment as it wasn't the right time and it is just a movie after all. Plus, he had eyes on the money and he was so cocky and assured of his abilities, he could kill the bad guys at literally any time he wanted. Such is the scene wherein he is tied up and is being beat up by Sancho and one of his men. They even tell him he's going to die and Ringo, now "helpless" is still able to dupe Sancho into "partnering" with him.

IMO, this is one of the best ever, and one of my all time favorites.

There are old firearms hanging from the walls: judging from how the Austerlitz gun is kept in order, they should funcion as well. There is a gang member just behind Navarro when she points the gun at the sheriff. Also she taunts the sheriff's fiancée about her inability to kill. And anyway, if she's not able to kill in cold blood, other gang members should evade this task. But not only they don't kill the sheriff, but don't even put it in a cell a take the keys away. Or shoot him in a leg. What it strikes as awkward is the instant reaction of the sheriff which thwarts the gang's plans for an escape. And to make Ringo's hesitancy more acceptable it would have sufficed to keep more gang members alive.   

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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2009, 05:02:15 PM »

There are old firearms hanging from the walls: judging from how the Austerlitz gun is kept in order, they should funcion as well. There is a gang member just behind Navarro when she points the gun at the sheriff. Also she taunts the sheriff's fiancée about her inability to kill. And anyway, if she's not able to kill in cold blood, other gang members should evade this task. But not only they don't kill the sheriff, but don't even put it in a cell a take the keys away. Or shoot him in a leg. What it strikes as awkward is the instant reaction of the sheriff which thwarts the gang's plans for an escape. And to make Ringo's hesitancy more acceptable it would have sufficed to keep more gang members alive.   

The gang had to get out of there as there were many shooters attacking them all around outside the jail. Probably not the best idea to stop and put people in the cell. Either way, the scene created no problem with me. If movies played out "logically", then they'd be woefully short affairs and not very interesting. People do dumb things in real life, too. Afro

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2009, 08:00:10 PM »

It seems like I'm the only one who didn't like the movie which I found interminable, stupid

And yet you gave it a 6/10?
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2009, 11:12:12 PM »

And yet you gave it a 6/10?
Generous!

I enumerated the elements which justify my vote, I think.

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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2012, 12:45:24 PM »

The fantastic score by Morricone and a great cast really elevates the material. It's a bit sluggishly paced in the last act/second half but still a good movie.

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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2017, 02:05:53 AM »

Watched last night, really liked it. I knew right from the hopscotch opening that It would be worth the view.

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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2017, 10:15:06 AM »

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Una pistola per Ringo (A Pistol for Ringo) is directed and predominantly written by Duccio Tessari. It stars Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca, Nieves Navarro and Antonio Casas. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Francisco Marin.

When a gang of bandit bank robbers hole up at a rich family's hacienda - taking all who reside there as hostages - the authorities free the gunman known as "Angel Face" from prison to ingratiate himself into the bandit horde. His mission is to destroy from within and free the innocent...

Filmed in Technicolor/Techniscope out of the familiar Spaghetti Western stomping grounds of Almeria in Spain, A Pistol for Ringo is a very enjoyable piece of pasta. From the quirky sight that greets us at pic's beginning, where our anti-hero gunman with the baby face plays hopscotch with children - then quickly dispatching four enemies enemies in the blink of an eye - to the wholly satisfying finale, it's quirky yet dramatic entertainment.

Set at Xmas time, Duccio enjoys dallying with the season's motifs as part of the narrative, and even Morricone gets in on the act, imbuing his varied score with seasonal strains (the Silent Night section simply wonderful). Gemma is very likable in the lead role, helped enormously by a screenplay that introduces a character that uses cunning whiles that are as deadly as his pistol skills. He is also very athletic (no doubt boosted by the calcium from all the milk he drinks), which brings some energy to the narrative. What action there is is brisk and zippy, with heaps of horse and stuntman felling going on, and little stabs of humorous violence (the bell shot oh my) induce smiles. Add in a couple of verbally jousting babes (Luca and Navarro) and Sancho as a bulky and moody bastardo, and yer good to go for one of the better Spags of the time. 7/10

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