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The Big Gundown (1966)
"La resa dei conti" (original title)

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Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

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Walter Barnes ...
Brokston
Nieves Navarro ...
Gérard Herter ...
Baron von Schulenberg (as Gerard Herter)
María Granada ...
Rosita
Roberto Camardiel ...
Sheriff Jellicol (as Robert Camardiel)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Chet Miller (as Angel del Pozo)
Luisa Rivelli ...
Lizzie
Tom Felleghy ...
Father of Chet Miller (as Tom Felleghi)
Calisto Calisti ...
Mr. Linch
Benito Stefanelli ...
Jess, Widow's Ranchero
Nello Pazzafini ...
Hondo
Antonio Casas ...
Father Smith & Wesson
José Torres ...
Paco Molinas
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Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia, translated by Philip-12

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Baron von Schulenberg: When you are about to kill a man, what do you look at? I've asked this question of other men, and do you know what they always say? They look at his hands. I don't. I look at his eyes
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Baron von Schulenberg: because a moment before he moves his hand, his eyes betray him. And you can always read death in them: yours or his.
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Excellent "Spaghetti" Western
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is absolutely one of the best so-called spaghetti westerns ever, after Sergio Leone's films of course, and it rates very highly among all westerns. Unlike many other non-Sergio Leone westerns, the cinematography, camera-work, etc., are all very good and some scenes are very artistic and even worthy of Leone himself.

Lee van Cleef is excellent as the pseudo-lawman/bounty hunter with integrity who believes in "justice" and "progress" for society.

Ennio Morricone, as usual, provides a great score for the film. The song is rousing, while the music for the chase scenes is excellent. Morricone also does a folk-music/square dance version of the theme for the wedding party, which is a neat touch.

The story is interesting and well-developed, as well. In its full-length version, it is in fact somewhat deep, with van Cleef's Corbett being a fairly complex character who undergoes a significant character development in the course of the film. In the abridged American version, unfortunately, he is shown as simply bounty hunter who mercilessly kills all before him in cold blood, who never bats an eye at his job, making his character two-dimensional and making the end more flat, more perfunctory, and less convincing or meaningful. In the full-length version, though, he cares about justice, gives outlaws a choice (and a chance), and there is significant development on how he becomes so obsessed with finding Cuchillo that he crosses the boundary between justice and personal obsession. He then re-examines himself and the events in which he finds himself to come to a significant realisation near the end.


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