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In this violent spaghetti western a murderous robber hijacks a payroll train, murders everyone aboard and then stashes his loot. A gunslinger learns about it and decides he wants the money for himself and so hatches an elaborate plot to get at it. He lures the crook into a rigged poker game, and afterward a gunfight ensues. The quick-drawing gunman makes short work of the robber, then teams up with an insurance agent to look for the hidden fortune. Unbeknownst to them, the robber had an ace up his sleeve... Written by
Terence Hill, Bud Spencer and Frank Wolff compete for a big gold cache
"Blood River" aka "God Forgives...I Don't" is a strong and solid spaghetti western. The movie's strong point is one strong confrontational situation after another. Neither scenery nor music are the strong points, but they suffice. The picture has a robust cast of extras and supporting roles who look sufficiently weathered and dirty, all dressed accordingly, to add lots of atmosphere. So do the beaten up settings, the sand, rocks, hills and dust.
Terence Hill is a stranger-type, whose occupation is never stated. He plays cards and looks for opportunities, like a stolen cache of gold. Frank Wolff and gang stole it, after murdering everyone on a train. Bud Spencer is an insurance investigator looking for the loot.
In flashbacks, we see how Hill was duped into thinking he had killed Wolff, and how even Wolff's first gang was fooled, and how they went after Hill only to get gunned down themselves.
There is robust competition for the gold and in each suspenseful confrontation we are never sure how the good guys (Hill and Spencer) will come out or escape capture, of which there are several. At the 41 minute mark, we see that Wolff has escaped death and is as ruthless as ever.
Hill performs just about as well as his competition in these westerns, and that's at a pretty high charismatic level. His blue eyes and amused expression cover a determined toughness, more matched by his unshaven face. He may like the money but he has a moral streak that puts him light years away from the ruthless and slimy Wolff, who inhabits this juicy character role for him.
They don't make 'em like this any more.
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