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« on: January 11, 2008, 08:44:35 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091897/

http://www.spaghettiwestern.altervista.org/scalps.htm

Soldier Gray could have been a more honest title, as this steals from the Nelson's movie three main scenes (the indian camp massacre, the duel on the river and the love-scene in a cave). Still I was almost moved to tears when I saw some of the locales used in this movie, like the fort seen in A Minute to Pray a Second to Die and other ones, while a soundtrack played a homage (or was a steal?) from Morricone's The Fort. And for the first half this was a very good movie, a 8\10 one. The usual  crazy Confederate Colonel who doesn't accept the Union victory consoles himself with sex. He sends his men (still wearing their uniforms) to steal an indian girl from her tribe and they, as in Nelson's movie, kill all the tribe with many scenes of torture. The girl is captured but she manages to evade and finds sanctuary in the Karis's ranch who helps her get her (and his) vengeance against the gang and their leader. As said, the first half has a good rhythm, much better than 80% of SW of yore, though with some naiv dialogues and forced scenes. Unfortunately after the colonel and Karis clinch it all turns in a never ending, implausible hide and seek, until the final confrontation.
Still this gets a 6\10 from me because of the girl (who is a pleasure to see, sometime without clothes: this is the mainstay of the movie. Unfortunately she doesn't show her low back. Had she, this would have earned the movie a point up. Anyway I fell in love with her from the start, just like it happened with Candice Bergen so many years before. And I think that she gives the blonde some points). Karis has in the meantime learned to play. He has wiped off his face the foolish grin and the opened up eyes who gave him the stupid look in his '70's Spaghetti, though he has put up some fat). The score is Morricone's "inspired" but good.  I am curious to know Banjo's (are you still a memeber of this forum?) and FC's opinions on this unjustly lambasted movie.

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2008, 05:29:22 PM »



I think the girl has a right to it. (This is the cover of a german vhs release).

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 05:27:59 PM »

Any difference in transfer between these two?
http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/scalps-bruno-mattei-region-release-p-13368.html
http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/scalps-bruno-mattei-cover-p-11098.html


Sundance?

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008, 02:14:58 AM »

while a soundtrack played a homage (or was a steal?) from Morricone's The Fort.


Perhaps copies differ because my version has ripped Morricone tracks from several italian westerns (The likes of The Big Gundown, Run Man Run and Sonny and Jed.
Not sure if this was edited into the American vhs version or this is the original soundtrack to the film.

I liked it very much. Good to see a spaghetti Indian movie that doesn't suck (NJ not included since I enjoy that as well).
Very sexually charged (At one point the camera lingers on a crotch shot of a young squaw) and hyper violence keep this movie from getting boring.
And yes Titoli, the girl is a pleasure to watch.

8/10

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