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El Cisco is a mysterious man accused of a crime he never committed. With the help of a doctor he pretends to be dead, but when the dishonest Vice-Sheriff and his accomplices find out the trick - El Cisco is arrested.
I recently saw a nice widescreen English language release of this DVD and really enjoyed it. First off it's a great travelogue of spaghetti western locations; I recognized locales familiar from FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and many others, all beautifully shot for maximum effect, Spain standing in for Mexico effortlessly. Second, it's a who's who of Spanish character actors; only Frank Brana seems to be missing of the stalwarts...well, so is Fernando Sancho, but most everybody else is here. Third, the leads all do a good job. Steffen is well cast as Gringo, a down on his luck Americano looking for a break south of the border. Mark Damon puts his shark-grin handsomeness to good use as the mysterious gunman who shows up from time to time to help out our heroes. And Enrico Maria Salerno was a revelation to me as Lucas, Gringo's Mexican sidekick. After seeing his performance I could totally see him pulling off the role of Tuco in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY; he's sly, grinning, full of life, and not entirely trustworthy. This is an early comedy western, and for once the comedy works. It has some pretty funny scenes which made me laugh aloud, comic characters who aren't just irritating, and the comedy rings true, especially the ending, which I thought was hilarious. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out.
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