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« on: June 22, 2005, 02:10:35 PM »

Here's this weeks review effort!

"As soon as the Forgotten Pistolero starts, the theme tune is instantly familiar - with the whistled score probably surpassed only by Morricone's Dollars trilogy soundtracks, or maybe the Magnificent Seven, when it comes to being used as the backdrop to western sketches everywhere. It is made all the more beautiful by the mountainous Almeria backdrop.

The film itself is equally impressive. Directed by the prolific Ferdinando Baldi, it begins with Rafael (Pietro Martellanza) being pursued by a gang of Mexicans. Surviving the ambush (to the sound of that glorious theme), he finds himself finally locating child-hood friend Sebastian (Leonard Mann).

Sebastian is informed that the woman he believed to be his mother, and who had raised him since a child, had in fact rescued him as an infant from the brutal attack and mass murder that had cost his father his life. Rafael tells him that this attack had been arranged by his real mother (Paluzzi) and her lover.

Sebastian's sister, who had witnessed the massacre all those years ago, had since fallen in love with Rafael (for which he had been severely punished and hounded). The extent of this punishment becomes clear later in the movie when, whilst captive, he is forced to lie next to a beautiful lady, and taunted that he now only has his muscles to prove his manhood.

This revenge story follows a different path to the majority of Euro-westerns, with emphasis on the tale rather than action (that said, there are some great action scenes). It is a highly captivating and atmospheric movie, gripping from start to finish. Well worth the watch, and undoubtedly Baldi's best work. But - warning - you'll be whistling the music for days!".

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2005, 01:02:26 AM »

Did you get this on DVD, if so, from where?

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2005, 08:28:59 AM »

I got hold of it on ebay, but it looks like you can get it at Cine City - http://www.cinecityplanet.com/E_frame.html?http://www.cinecityplanet.com/

English , German or Italian language.

Hope that helps.

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2006, 07:13:25 AM »

undoubtedly Baldi's best work. But - warning - you'll be whistling the music for days!".
I agree Marco,better even than Blindman-sorry Firecracker Grin
Great film with one of the great sw soundtracks-check this out,DVD on German Amazon for less than 2 Euro's:-
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00026M6D6/qid=1145793824/sr=1-8/ref=sr_1_10_8/028-6284965-0343733

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2006, 08:40:30 AM »

i don't know this one

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2006, 09:30:46 AM »

If i were certain a few more of us had seen this i would've included it in the SW league.Respect to Firecracker Grin but his are the first negative comments i've read! Shocked
Its certainly worth 1.79 Euro's Wink

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2006, 09:01:50 PM »

I agree Marco,better even than Blindman-sorry Firecracker Grin




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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2006, 03:08:39 AM »

No i admit i may have been stirring it with Blindman which is probably the best now i've seen the full version Wink

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2006, 03:09:29 AM »

No i admit i may have been stirring it with Blindman which is probably the best now i've seen the full version Wink

Excellent to hear.

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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2006, 03:34:40 AM »

Well it is kinda unique-i think Leonard Mann is not the best of sw heros in Forgotten Pistolero but i'm really swayed by the supporting actors/actresses,the lavish scenes especially the flashbacks,the pretty decent finale and of course that great theme tune!

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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2006, 03:36:04 AM »

Well it is kinda unique-i think Leonard Mann is not the best of sw heros in Forgotten Pistolero but i'm really swayed by the supporting actors/actresses,the lavish scenes especially the flashbacks,the pretty decent finale and of course that great theme tune!
the theme tune and the first twenty minutes are all that is worth watching(for me). Even the showdown was a disappointment.

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006, 03:39:35 AM »

the theme tune and the first twenty minutes are all that is worth watching(for me). Even the showdown was a disappointment.
The actual gun duel was a bit of a damp squid admittedly but i enjoyed the look of that scene with the devastation of the fire.

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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2006, 03:40:59 AM »

The actual gun duel was a bit of a damp squid admittedly but i enjoyed the look of that scene with the devastation of the fire.

I'll agree with the look of the scene. very nice touch.

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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2006, 03:54:09 AM »

But a very too abrupt cut to Mann and co riding away in the daylight don't you think?

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2006, 03:58:07 AM »

But a very too abrupt cut to Mann and co riding away in the daylight don't you think?

thats one of the many reasons why the end was crap.

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