Civil War union soldiers purchase a shipment of gold from a Mexican banker. They need to get the gold to its destination. However along the way, a gang of crooks, the unethical banker & his... See full summary »
Civil War union soldiers purchase a shipment of gold from a Mexican banker. They need to get the gold to its destination. However along the way, a gang of crooks, the unethical banker & his gang, and Dynamite Jim all decide that they want to get their hands on the gold also. Written by
Paella/Spaghetti/Butifarra Western co-produced by Spain/Italy , being professionally directed by Alfonso Balcazar
The film begins with Civil War union soldiers purchasing a shipment of gold from an astute Mexican banker in exchange of a lot of money . This crafty banker hires a bunch of bandits headed by Slate (Aldo Sambrell) to follow the shipment and rob it back . We are then introduced to our stalwart Dynamite Jim (Luis Dávila) from title role who is playing poker and entertaining married women in a saloon . To escape from the women's husbands, Jim flees on the horse that belongs to the courier contracted by the Union Army to get the gold shipment to its destination . As Jim arrives in another small town , he is targeted by a second outfit of robbers led by Pablo (Fernando Sancho) who mistakenly recognizes him as the gold courier by the horse he is riding . After getting away , there takes place an attempt on his life that results in Jim running around town in only his underwear , he then meets up at hotel with the beauty Margaret (Rosalba Neri) who has murdered to receptionist (Víctor Israel) . Along the way, he faces off new thieves , a rare grave-digger (Manuel Muñiz , Pajarito) , a Confederate traitor (Miguel De La Riva) , a cunning lover called Lupita (Maria Pia Conte) , double-crosses , tramplers and a lot of twists and turns .
Acceptable though middling tortilla Western in which a drifter resolves a conflict among nasty robbers that want to take a gold shipment and the Union Army that attempts to transport it . All in all, this film is predominantly a Spanish film rather than an Italian one. It's a two 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, if you like traditional westerns remains watchable . Dynamite Jim starts off with a colorful opening credits photo edition of characters from the film , it tends to center on the protagonists , Luis Davila , nasty Aldo Sambrell , brawler Fernando Sancho and sexy female cast members of Rosalba Neri & Maria Pia Conte . Passable Butifarra Western realized in traditional style with a screenplay written by Jose Antonio De La Loma and the same filmmaker Alfonso Balcazar , including amusing dialogue , silly situations , plot twists and turns . Italian-Spanish co-production filmed in Cataluña , full of familiar faces , action , exaggerated characters , crossfire and lots of shots . The film packs comical elements , tongue-in-cheek , thrills , shootouts , high body-count and and results to be quite entertaining . It's a middle-budget film with ordinary actors , technicians , decent production values and average results . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between starring Luis Davila and his enemies Aldo Sambrell and Fernando Sancho , adding some thrilling scenes when they use a machine gun . Sympathetic acting by Luis Davila who takes on a band of crooks , unethical banker & his gang, and he then decides that he wants to get his hands on the gold also . Davila starred during the sixties and seventies several action films as well as Chorizo or Paella Western such as ¨Relevo para pistolero¨, "Doc, Hands of Steel" , ¨Viva Carrancho¨, ¨Tumba para Forajido¨ and "Pancho Villa" , some of them directed by Alfonso Balcazar . Furthermore , there appears ordinary secondary of Spaghetti/Paella Western as Spanish players : Miguel De La Riva , Gaspar 'Indio' González , Victor Israel , Jose Maria Caffarel , as well as Italian actors as Rosalba Neri , Osvaldo Gennazzani and Giovanni Scratuglia , among others . Special appearance by Spaghetti idol , Fernando Sancho as an outlaw , a customary Mexican bandit , he is terrific , he subsequently would play similar roles in other Spaghetti . The picture well photographed by Victor Monreal , though is necessary a fine remastering because the film-copy is washed-out . Mostly filmed in atmospheric scenarios on location in Fraga , (Huesca) , similar to Almeria , and a Western village located in ¨Spugles De Llobregat¨ , it resulted to be the location where were shot lots of Westerns produced and directed by Catalan people as Alfonso Balcazar , J.J. Balcazar , Jose Antonio De La Loma , Juan Bosch , Xavier Marchal , Manuel Esteba , Ignacio F. Iquino , and Julio Buchs , among others , because Almeria was too far and the Fraga landscapes bear remarkable resemblance . There are many fine technicians and nice assistant direction and adequate production design by the usual Juan Albert Soler , he creates a good scenario . Very enjoyable musical score by Nino Fidenco , including catching songs at the beginning and the end .
This motion picture was professionally directed by Alfonso Balcazar , though with no originality ; he managed to make a fluid and agreeable SW , though mediocre . Alfonso alongside his brothers Juan Jose Balcazar and Francisco Balcázar produced and directed a lot of Chorizo 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 . Average .
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