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After three years of heavy physical labor in a hellish prison in the desert, the former Sheriff Ted Barnett escapes. Barnett was framed by three men and wrongly convicted to thirty years hard labor for the murder of his father. He looks for those that had accused him, seeking revenge. Written by
This movie has some minor faults, but overall it is a very entertaining flick.
When it comes to spaghetti westerns, it seems you can't go wrong with a Giuliano Gemma movie. I have seen most of Gemma's westerns and they have all been very good. This one is no exception.
The music score is superb. It's good enough to want to buy the soundtrack (if you can find it). The credits listed on my copy say the music is by Armando Trovaioli. IMDb's listing also credits Ennio Morricone. It's no surprise that Morricone had something to do with this score, because it is definitely that good.
The action is a bit slow during the first 70 minutes of the movie, but the story keeps you interested, and when the action heats up it gets even better. The acting is pretty decent overall. The dialogue is a bit confusing in a couple of places, probably due to a poor translation of the original Italian into English, but it's pretty minor, and doesn't interfere at all with ones ability to understand what's going on.
IMDb lists the US version as being 90 minutes long. My copy runs for 103 minutes. Perhaps it is the UK release.
Another reviewer states that this movie has a Gothic horror atmosphere. I don't really see that in this film. If it is there, it is not nearly to the extent that one sees in "Stranger's Gundown" (Django the Bastard) or "And God Said to Cain."
I recommend this movie to all spaghetti western fans.
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