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Not really a "spaghetti' western, though filmed in Italy. No one wears a duster, and it's not really very violent till near the end. The movie has a weird "European" feel to it, as if the makers had no idea what the Wild West was really like. The "villagers" of Silvertown have an Old World style festival, for instance, everyone polkaing and playing happy music that would have been perfect for Oktoberfest.
Other errors are rife. One of the heroes claims to come from "Czechoslovakia"!? (A nation that didn't exist at the time - anyone who came from the area would have said they were from Bohemia, Moravia, or Austria-Hungary). Bullets are stopped by thin wooden slats. Pistols outshoot rifles. Guns can't hit a man less than 30 yards away because he's "too high up". A guy is hit by a bullet wound right in the middle of his left chest, and the wound is declared to be "not serious". A saloon singer sings, and behaves, like a European cabaret star. A western stable names a horse Taras Bulba. It's unintentionally hilarious.
Sadly when the movie tries to be funny, it catastrophically fails. The "humorous" bible-quoting crook has a long unfunny scene with a group of kids that makes no sense at all in my dubbed version. Maybe it was funnier in Italian.
There are also errors of plot. Lee Van Cleef is first seen on horseback. But a major theme for the next 45 minutes of the movie is how he needs to get himself a horse. There is a big scene where Van Cleef defends the dubious virtue of a dance hall girl, but then he never picks up on a potential romance with her. She just gets discarded along with other plot points.
Van Cleef is fun to watch as always. The other actors are varying degrees of suckitude, and the movie, in general, makes little sense. There are a couple of reasonably good scenes, which I guess is reason enough to watch this if you got it in a pack of 20 Westerns, which I did. But it sure as heck isn't worth looking up on its own, unless you are writing a book on Lee Van Cleef or something.
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