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For a Few Dollars More / Re: What happened to Sancho Perez?
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:11:35 PM »
Given that Groggy affected to despise anyone who gets caught, surely he should have disposed of Sancho when he killed Nino?

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Top 5 Characters In The Film
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:28:38 PM »
Well, I'm pleased to see Huey got one vote but my list would be:

  • Indio
  • Mortimer
  • Wild
  • Old Prophet
  • Groggy

Memorable characters, all.

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Shane
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:23:26 PM »
I've always thought the main Shane reference in Leone's films was the funeral of Tory which clearly influenced the McBain funeral in OUTW.

Gun twirling has been done countless times in westerns, including LVC after shooting Indio, but it would be interesting to know who did it first.

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Number of bullets in calloways gun???
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:17:27 PM »
Does Calloway have only the one gun? I seem to remember he wore a shoulder holster.

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anthony Quinn as "Indio"?
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:13:12 PM »
I agree. My boss was definitely the most memorable villain and no one could have played him like Gian Maria.

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: The Colonel Mortimer affect
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:05:34 PM »
I thought the passenger called him "reverend" or something because he was reading a bible and then stopped talking because he realised Mortimer is a dangerous customer. He had the same effect on the conductor but not, until he grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, on the bartender.

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For a Few Dollars More / Right now! Right now!
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:02:12 PM »
Indio's pretended rage when he "learns" that the bounty hunters have escaped ends with these words.

Not long ago I saw an episode of Gunsmoke on TCM which featured perenniel villains Robert J Wilke and Claude Akins playing Comancheros. This gang had captured Chester (Denis Weaver) and a girl played by Barbara Luna. A woman in the gang who was jealous of Luna decided to engineer their escape and, when this was discovered later, Akins raged that he wanted them back (he fancied Luna) and he screams at the gang to get going, etc. "Right now! Right now!"

So that could be another influence which Sergio picked up and incorporated into Indio's character.



Robert Wilke was of course one of the original "three men waiting for a train" with Sheb Woolley and LVC.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Clint Eastwood as Frank
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:43:42 AM »
I saw an interview Henry Fonda gave and he said himself that he was well aware of people reacting to his role in terms of "My God! It's Henry Fonda".  If Eastwood had played Frank, it would have been the same transition from Blondie to Frank as Lee Van Cleef had already undergone when changing from Mortimer to Setenza.  It would simply have been a near-baddie taking the plunge and being the baddie.

A few people have said John Wayne would have caused a stir in a role like Frank but even he was an anti-hero at times, especially in The Searchers and to a degree in Liberty Valance.  It is no stretch of the imagination to see Wayne playing Frank having seen him as Ethan Edwards.

One "good guy" who could have played Frank superbly would have been William Holden: see The Wild Bunch for proof.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The name of the old station clerk ?
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:18:05 AM »
The station clerk who gets shut away by Jack Elam at the start of OUTW is the same man as the El Paso tavern keeper in FFDM, the one who warns Mortimer about antagonising Wild.  He is also in the restored GBU as stated above as the Confederate sergeant. 

His name was Rafael López Somoza.  See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0529955/

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Tuco for me.  I've always thought Eli should have got an Oscar.

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The phrase "a star-studded cast" is often overdone and I figure that a measure of star-studdedness could be the number of Oscar winners and nominees included.

Among westerns, does any film beat The Wild Bunch, which had two Best Actors (William Holden and Ernest Borgnine), two Best Supporting Actors (Edmond O'Brien and Ben Johnson) and one nominee (Robert Ryan)?

What a bunch.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: What are they eating?
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:44:52 PM »
Has anyone noticed how often LVC is seen eating a meal in the two films?

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I wouldn't be interested.  They could make a film inspired by Leone and it might be about three people seeking hidden gold but it would have to be an otherwise original story to interest me.  Someone above mentioned Robin Hood but the point is that this was a pre-cinema legend and not a legend created by cinema.  So reprisals of Robin Hood, King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, etc. are like stopping Frank's men from killing him.  Not the same thing.

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Volontè's voice
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:34:01 PM »
So if it was Frees voice? did he do the acting voice then? So you have to ask yourself one question? Do you like the Indo/Ramon character in the English version, because of Frees voice (Or whoever dubbed the voice) or because of Volontes  acting????


Pablo

For me, it was the voice that made me love it.


Indio's character was certainly enhanced by the vocal mannerisms used such as the "H'mm! H'mm! A waste of time." but this was driven by Volonte's body language so it is a case of the two aspects complementing each other to great effect.

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I would rate The Smoker (Mortimer) as the screen's greatest-ever anti-hero.  I love the line: "I generally smoke after I eat".

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