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John Ireland and Mark Damon compete and cooperate to get gold stolen by Fernando Sancho
"Tutto per Tutto" (1968) or "All Out" is a worthwhile spaghetti western. The back story (not depicted) is that Fernando Sancho, leading a gang of robbers, has stolen and hid $200,000 worth of gold bars in 4 boxes. John Ireland, dressed in black and extremely adept with a pistol, is after it. Mark Damon, a 25-year old opportunist, is put on the scent of the gold too by two Mexican thieves. The four of them get together, aided by a bar girl, Monica Randall. She knows an Indian (Jose Torres) who knows where the gold is and wants Maria back. After they locate the gold and split it up, the story ramps up further, as all sorts of possible and actual double crosses emerge. Sancho doesn't sit still either as he and his band try to recover the gold.
The IMDb rating of 6.5 is accurate in saying that this western is a good genre entry. Sancho appeared in many spaghetti westerns, typically as the stereotypical leader who by his girth, scowl, glee and threatening demeanor made a formidable enemy. Ireland at this point had moved from Hollywood films to TV work and was beginning a string of spaghetti westerns. His fame came from the big Hollywood roles and those days were long gone, but Ireland always had a remarkable talent, especially as a heavy or a character with some submerged demons or hidden feelings. I will watch any movie with John Ireland in it, and it will usually be very good or even better than that. He will help make it so, and it's hard to explain how he does that; but key to it may be his voice and the ways he delivers his lines. Mark Damon is an actor I know less well. He did quite a string of westerns too. In this movie, he is more than adequate at conveying a young man who at times has few scruples, who has a sense of humor, and a capacity to charm. He's the kind of character that straddles being a good guy and a bad guy. It's enjoyable to see how he and Ireland both compete and cooperate.
Locations in this movie are good and complement the story.
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