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« on: September 23, 2005, 03:15:02 PM »

This weeks viewing was........

THE STRANGER RETURNS
(Uomo, un cavallo, una pistola, Un)

Tony Anthony returns in his "Stranger" guise, in a film that totally eclipses the qualities of its predecessor, "A Stranger in Town".

To the sound of Cipriani's superb score, the Stranger rides horseback (astride the interestingly named "Pussy") through the desert, protecting himself from the sun's rays with a pink parasol, and greeting a passing traveller. The sound of gunfire alerts him to a nearby ranch, where he finds the traveller lying dead. A great gunfight scene ensues, and three dead bodies later he learns of a bandit gang's gold heist plot.

The gang, led by En Plein (Dan Vadis) are known as the Treasure of the Border, on account of the size of the bounties that rest on their heads (although quite how some of his goofy comrades manage to generate such a vast reward is beyond me). They successfully ambush a stagecoach, which is soon revealed to be made of solid gold. The Stranger tracks down the gang, in an effort to claim the bounty, assisted by a deranged local preacher with a pocketful of fireworks.

The story itself is very simple, but delivered in a great style. Like the other films in the Stranger series (well, those that I have seen), it combines the feel of the Leone films (in its poncho clad protagonist and its morricone-mimic soundtrack) but injects an extra dosage of humour. This humorous side is particularly well crafted (such as the enjoyable scene at the beginning of the movie, when the Stranger is forced at gunpoint to dig a grave both for the dead traveller and himself). "Returns" does not borrow so heavily from the Dollars trilogy as "A Stranger in Town", but still its clear where its influences lie. And why not - it does it very successfully and makes for great viewing.

Anthony is never going to exude the same level of cool as Eastwood's Man With No Name, and therefore deliberately plays the role in a more clumsy comical fashion. But there is still no denying his character's appeal - or his fast-draw and accurate gun-play. The supporting characters also really add to the enjoyment, with Vadis particularly well suited to the role of the merciless gang leader.

Perhaps the highlight of the film though is Cipriani's score which, as mentioned earlier, owes more than a passing nod to Ennio, but aptly captures the mood and feeling as the action unfurls. It's one of those soundtracks that could make even a bad film worth watching.

Anthony's Stranger series eventually collapsed into the medieval farce that is "Get Mean". But this particular episode of the Stranger's adventures is a truly enjoyable and highly watchable western. And one that nearly reaches the highlights of Anthony's finest hour - Blindman. "Returns" is the best of the Stranger films that I have seen, and one that I would definitely recommend.

If you've seen it, I'd be grateful if you could cast your vote at http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/strangerreturns.html

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2005, 03:32:15 PM »

MARCO

perhaps u can shed some light in this mystery. i once heard that the stranger series is in fact a triology
but i havent found or even heard of a third!
is there even a third?

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2005, 03:40:53 PM »

Yeah, the third is A Stranger in Japan (although I've not seen this).

The film "Get Mean" also uses the Stranger character in a very bizzare setting ( http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/getmean.html if you are interested!).

Hope this helps.

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2005, 06:08:14 PM »


interesting thanks.

also how did u hear of STRANGER IN JAPAN?



also i have heard of a sw called THE SILENT STRANGER
does that feature the same character?

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2005, 06:09:06 PM »

HOLY SHIT i am a senior member

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2005, 01:22:15 PM »

Hex, Silnt Stranger and Stranger in Japan are one and the same film - two different titles.  And yes, although I haven't seen it, it is the same character.

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2005, 10:57:44 AM »

thanks amigo


iam guessing it was not as good as the first two

it sure NOT publicized as much.

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2005, 01:18:34 PM »

I've read its not as good, but yet someone told me the other day that it was their favourite!  Incidently, it gets quite a few good reviews on IMDB.

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2005, 08:11:27 PM »

i am quite surprised u havent bought it youreself
sir Huh



also as for GET MEAN i read youre reveiw but could u please elaborate just a bit more if at all possible Grin

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2005, 01:07:48 PM »

Well, to be honest I wasn't sure if I'd like the Stranger films, having seen Get Mean first.  But I really enjoyed them, so will be looking out for A Stranger in Japan.

As for Get Mean, and expanding on my review.... I really tried to wipe it out of my memory  Cheesy.  Actually looking at that review, I did keep it very short didn't I!

Basically the start of it is quite promising, with good atmosphere and feels like the SW that we know and love.  And then all of a sudden a load of bandits burst into the building.

Its a struggle to really think of much more that happened.  My eyes were too wide open, and I assumed that I must just be drunk (which I was, but not THAT drunk!).

All Movie Guide describes it thus "In this utterly bizarre spaghetti western, the "Stranger" must cope with a wide assortment of strange villains. Through the course of the story he fights with Vikings who suddenly appear in a western ghost town; a strange Elizabethan family costumed in period clothing who live in a desert castle; and medieval knights whom he battles using machine guns, TNT, and his gun. A bizarre silver ball hangs over the melees, watching the strange goings on. "

Yup, its a strange one!

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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2005, 12:27:56 AM »

how wonderfully weird
where did  purchase it

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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2005, 03:24:05 PM »

I got it on ebay - its a copy.   Cheesy I wouldn't rush out and buy it

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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2005, 10:00:02 AM »

why is it awful




the stranger fighting vikings in a ghost town(i think u wrote that?) sounds pretty cool to me Smiley

however u saw it so enlighten me....

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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2005, 04:16:07 PM »

well, its alright.... if you AREN'T in the mood for a western!  In my review I said it was watchable as a weird sort of art flick  Grin

There are far better out there though!

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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2005, 09:10:51 AM »

thanks

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