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Beyond the Law (1968)

Al di là della legge (original title)
PG | | Western | March 1975 (USA)
A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it.

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Billy Joe Cudlip
Antonio Sabato ...
Ben Novack
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Burton
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Preacher
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James Cooper
Graziella Granata ...
Sally Davis
Herbert Fux ...
Eustaccio / Denholm
Carlo Gaddi ...
Bandit #2
Ann Smyrner ...
Lola / Betty
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Sheriff John Ferguson
Hans Elwenspoek ...
Mr. Davis
Adriana Facchetti ...
Hotel owner
Romano Puppo ...
Sam - Burton Bandit
Günther Stoll ...
Burtons Right Hand
Valentina Arrigoni ...
Lola
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A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it.

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Outlaw Sheriff - Within the Law, Without the Law, Beyond the Law.

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The scene in the mining office has a map of the United States in the background. The map has modern state borders. At the time when the movie takes place most of the west had large territories. See more »

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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

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one of the worst Italian westerns
31 August 2011 | by (Rockwall, Texas) – See all my reviews

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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