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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Nice and comfortable spaghetti-western

Author: alphaboy
12 March 2001

This benevolent movie early spaghetti western is basically designed as a comedy (for me, it succeeded) and includes a harmless love-story.

The violence, in comparison to other films of the genre, is very restricted and toned down: What is more, with the exception of the final shootouts, all of it happens off-screen. Besides, there's no hint of the nihilism often to be found in the genre later on.

The leading actor's character reminded me a bit of Adriano Celentano's type of character: always a little bored and very very cool, if a bit ridiculous.

All in all an entertaining nice little nothing, but amusing in a friendly way.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

So-so Paella/Spaghetti/Schnitzel Western by J.J. Balcazar , being compellingly co-produced by Spain/Italy/Germany

Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain
19 April 2015

"Ranch of the Ruthless" or "The Man from Oklahoma" is a passable Tortilla/Spaghetti Western co-produced between Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas and Italian/German production such as Cinematografica Associati and International Germania Film . When Rio Rojo's old marshal is murdered in cold blood by the resident group of villains , there rides Oklahoma Dan (Rick Horn who starred as Samson a Biblical movie) to take over . As Oklahoma Dan is sent into a small town ruled by the cruel rancher hands of Rod Edwards (Jose Calvo of For a fistful of dollars) . Dan carries outs his activities with his astute intelligence as well as a venerable assortment of gunplay tricks to challenge the local baddies . Danger abounds , as the last marshal was killed by Edward's son Jim (George Herzig) and foreman Hondo (Karl Otto Alberty who starred various war films ) . Making the acquaintance of local people such as an old war veteran and a drunkard (Remo De Angelis , an usual stunt and master of arms) Dan takes law on his own hands . Oklahoma calmly handles each menace as he struggles to bring the proof to light against devious plans from villains . Oklahoma swears to find the killer of Miss White's (Sabine Bethmann) dad .

It is an exciting Chorizo or Tortilla/Macarroni western that contains a story full of thrills , violence , good dramatic pace and slick direction . Agreeable Butifarra-Spaghetti Western mostly produced by Spain and Italy and German secondary participation ; being proceeded in American style more than Sergio Leone wake , but also including close-ups , zooms , and choreographic duels . All in all, this film is predominantly a Spanish film rather than an Italian one . It's a three country co-production but is clearly dominated by the Spanish contingent and the traditional leanings of the Spanish producers of the time have their stamp on the entire proceedings . The Spanish westerns of this era were far more likely to try and emulate their American source material than cultivate a distinctive style of their own the way the Italians were doing but their product , though here is developed in the US wake with brief Spag remarks . The film packs action , shootouts , drama , high body-count and it's fast moving , being quite entertaining and approaching increasingly American style , but keeping some details that make it special in this particular genre . It's a thrilling western with spectacular scenes and breathtaking confrontation among protagonist Rick Horn and heartless enemies as well as dubious ranchers and nasty gunfighters . It's a middle-budget film with ordinary actors , professional technicians , adequate production values and pleasing results . As lighthearted as can be, The Oklahoma Man is very reminiscent of the bygone American cowboy feature from the golden era of Saturday matinees with a twist of the "Euro" filmmaking style . If you've seen even one vintage B-Cowboy picture, you've probably figured the whole ending . Charismatic performance for whole casting . Oklahoma John is well starred by Anton Geesink , under pseudonym of Rick Horn as an ex-gunslinger desperately wanting to deliver justice . Dutch actor Horn (aka Anton Geesing/Anton Geesink) only made a few more films during his limited acting career, including Samson in ¨The great leaders of the Bible¨ and ¨Rififi in Amsterdam¨ . The notorious Spaghetti actor , Jose Calvo is good in his ordinary role as an important secondary , he is famous from his character as Silvanito along with Clint Eastwood in ¨For a fistful of dollars¨ by Sergio Leone . In the film appears familiar faces from Tortilla or Spaghetti Western such as Giuseppe Addobbati or John McDouglas , Fernando Rubio , Remo De Angelis , Juan Torres and Tom Felleghy . Being mostly filmed in a Western village located in ¨Splugues De Llobregat¨ (Barcelona) , and in Fraga (Huesca) , both of them resulted to be the locations where were shot lots of Western produced and directed by Catalan people as Alfonso Balcazar , J.J. Balcazar , Jose Antonio De La Loma , Juan Bosch, Ignacio F. Iquino , Jose Maria Zabalza and Julio Buchs , among others , because Almeria was too far and the landscapes bear remarkable resemblance . There are many fine technicians , nice assistant direction and appropriate set design , creating an evocative scenario . It contains and some decent photography throughout . The transfer itself is much better than you'd expect from a fairly new and independent company . While the print used contains its share of imperfections , mostly minor , the overall presentation of the film is pretty good . Attractive musical score by maestro Francesco De Massi , including catching leitmotif and a few enjoyable musical queues.

¨Oklahoma John¨ was professionally directed by Juan Jose Balcazar along with Roberto Bianchi Montero though with no originality ; both of whom managed to make a fluid and acceptable SW , though sometimes mediocre . Juan Jose Balcazar alongside his brothers Francisco Balcazar and Alfonso Balcázar produced and directed a lot of Tortilla or Butifarra Western , most of them starred by Jorge Martin or George Martin , Luis Davila , Daniel Martin or Robert Woods ; such as 1972 The return of Clint , 1972 Judas... ¡Toma Monedas! , 1968 Sartana no Perdone or Sonora , 1967 With Death on Your Back, 1966 Dinamita Jim , 1965 Doc , Manos De Plata , 1965 Viva Carrancho , 1965 Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace . Rating : 5'5/10 . Average though some moments entertaining . If you like traditional Spaghetti westerns remains watchable .

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Watchable European Western

Author: lorenellroy from United Kingdom
9 December 2010

This a "town tamer " Western ,like such classics as "Dodge City " or "My Darling Clementine " ,and without ever approaching the heights of such quality movies it is a perfectly decent little movie,always assuming you can overlook some less than ideal dubbing . The local Mr Big is rancher Edwards ,whose men display open contempt for the law ,and whose son is a vicious ,bullying weakling ,hiding behind his father's power and reputation.The new Sheriff turns out to be made of sterner stuff than his predecessors and stands up to Edwards and his men ,finding time along the way for some amorous dalliance with the daughter of a man killed on Edward's orders.

There are hints of "Rio Bravo" in the characters of the town drunk redeemed by the support of the Sheriff ,and the elderly town gaoler ,a garrulous and verbose gentleman .These have parallels with the roles played by Dean Martin and Walter Brennan in the Hawks classic,

The movie is a sturdy ,uncomplicated and old fashioned Western that will be mainly enjoyed by those who like that particular genre ,

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