This is a film for people with interest in the Western genre, mostly those who respect the European sub-genre, in the 1990's mostly connected to Italy, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood but nowadays also related to director-names such as Sergio Corbucci and Sergio Sollima.
Filmed before Sergio Leone's success of the dollar-films, Duello nel Texas has several motives in common with Leone's films. The film is said to be set in the same surroundings, the film has the same composer (Morricone of course) and the film's story is set near the border between USA and Mexico. I watched it as a small kid, with enthusiasm over the action packed plot and some colorful characters. For 20 years later, I got the opportunity to see it again. No widescreen, bad colors, bad sound and a very scratchy picture. At least it was the film that I had been waiting for.
Duello nel Texas doesn't start very promising but it grows. The Morricone-music is the best of it. The main antagonists holds the film up, and everything results in a conventional but great gunfight. You can find rather independent woman here, some anti-rasism and a typical fist-fight. The plot is not as sophisticated as the ones in Leone's films, but it works good on it's own.
Duello nel Texas is a must see for the "die-hard European Western-fan".
Rating: 6 of 10.
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