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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Joe Cudlip
Antonio Sabato ...
Ben Novack
James Cooper
Graziella Granata ...
Sally Davis
Herbert Fux ...
Eustaccio / Denholm
Carlo Gaddi ...
Bandit #2
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 ...


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 »


Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

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Passable S.W. with peculiar role for Lee Van Cleef as sheriff of Silver City
20 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This especial Italian western blends violence, action western , plot twists, shoot'em up with high body-count , it's fast movement and for that reason is entertaining . This is the story of the ex-bandit who'd worn it -till he'd faced one gun too many...the young , novice engineer he had to teach to wear it- or watch to die and the young who lived only to wear one of his own ! .. and for some dollars a month -that's what they gave you for protecting people who ran like rabbits when the going got roguish ! ¨ . The picture deals with a beginner young engineer (Antonio Sabato , of course father of known TV actor Antonio Sabato Jr) who persuades veteran rogue (Lee Van Cleef) and his hoodlums (the veteran Lionel Stander) to help him to rid a little town of bandits who have robbed 12.000 dollars belonging to payroll of the miners . Then , the thief turns into sheriff of the little town called Silver City where is guarded the silver treasure from the mine and the baddies led by Burton ( particular performance by a Peplum-hero as Gordon Mitchell dressed in black with cloak and hat ) want to rob . Meanhile the old gunslinger now upright sheriff falls in love with a beautiful girl (Graziella Granata) .

It's an acceptable Spaghetti film with dazzling shootouts between the protagonists and the contenders . This meaty Western contains interesting plot , violence , shootouts and is quite entertaining , though drags at times in ups and downs . This average Western balances noisy action , suspense and drama with tragic final in which happens a sad , dramatic showdown . It's a classic recounting about teaching an unexperienced young finely played by Antonio Sabato who is in charge of a silver mine and a veteran roguish become marshal . Agreeable performance by Lee Van Cleef changing his usual characters , here as a honorable sheriff who defends the villagers and even confronts his friends at an amazing ending . Secondary cast formed by habitual Spaghetti/Peplum players as Carlo Gaddi, Romano Puppo, Herbert Fux, Enzo Fiermonte and including Bud Spencer in a serious role as foreman . Enjoyable score by Riz Ortalani who composed lots of Spaghetti Western scores , it contains a sensible musical leitmotif .There are many fine technicians and nice assistants as the cameraman Enzo Serafin who makes a nice photography with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun shot of course on Almeria , Spain , though is mostly filmed at Italy . However , being necessary and urgent remastering because of the original is washed-out . The motion picture is professionally directed by Giorgo Stegani , though with no originality . He's is an expert writer of Giallo and Western as ¨Blood of a silver dollar¨ and ¨ Beyond the law ¨ and occasionally Western director as ¨Gentleman killer¨and ¨Adios Gringo¨ . Rating : 5,5 acceptable but mediocre Spaghetti that will appeal to Lee Van Cleef fans .

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