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This third entry played by Gianni Garco based on the gunman Sartana is an entertaining SW with action, gunplay and fun
This Sartana movie gets the usual Western issues , such as greedy antiheroes , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies and musical score with Morricone influence , among them . When a bank is secured with the help of group of bounty hunters , it takes a special man to rob it : Sartana (Garco) . The gang members wear the same clothes as the bounty hunters contracted to defend it . Their leader pretends to enter the bank to collect the reward of a bandit he has murdered . Is the leader really Sartana ? . Of course , he isn't , he is only dressed like him , but the hoax is so effective that a reward is put on his head and he is soon pursued by some of his earlier colleagues bounty hunters , among them : Shadow (José Torres) , Deguejo (Cameron Mitchell) and Hot Dead (Kinski) . Then Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank , and must find the real robbers and clear his name . Alarmed , the dark , elegant hero named Sartana begins investigating with the help of a friend , a dubious and ragged man called Buddy Ben (Wolff) . The trail leads them to the town of Poker Falls , where the gambling flourishing and crime is rampant . The expert card player Sartana arrives in a small city where various bounty hunters attempt to kill him . It follows the seemingly endless adventures of Sartana in search of the true guilty . At the end takes place the inevitable confrontation , a showdown in which Sartana contends against all .
This is a Western all'Italiana post-Sergio Leone era , this period received a big boost with Sergio Corbucci's very influential Django . However in the following years use of irony and cunning became more prominent . This was seen in ulterior Westerns with their emphasis on unstable partnerships . In the last phase of the SW with the Trinity movies , the Leone legacy had been transformed almost beyond recognition , as terror and deadly violence gave way to harmless brawling and low comedy . It contains an interesting but twisted plot , double crosses , shoot'em up and results to be quite entertaining , though drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . At the beginning takes place an outrageous and ambiguous opening scene in which we witness the robbery of a bank that is thought to be impenetrable . There is plenty of action , guaranteeing thrills , decent body-count or stunts every few minutes . SARTANA is a fundamental archetype in Spaghetti/Paella genre as well as James Bond in spy-genre , here Gianni Garco-Sartana stars an entertaining SW with lots of action , gun-play and fun . As always , the mythic personage appears elegant and dressed in black and with a killer look . Sartana is the standard by which every spaghetti antihero is measured along with Lee Van Cleef's Sabata and Franco Nero's Django . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking confrontation between the protagonist Gianni Garco against the heartless enemies formed by various bounty hunters , judge , sheriff and bankers . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as well as a lot of twists and turns , as the film approaches its climax , as in the final and the unusual conclusion . German Gianni Garco or Gary Hudson is good in this Sartana Western , he is fine ; as he ravages the screen , brawls , shoots , run and kills . The cast is standard with lots of Italian b-movie heroes , there appears usual actors from Spaghetti such as John Bartha , Federico Boido or Rick Boyd , Samson Burke as Judge's right hand , Ettore Manni , Renato Baldini , Sal Borghese ; of course , the great Kinski and special mention to Frank Wolff who early committed suicide . Atmospheric Eastmancolor cinematography by Giovanni Bergamini though being necessary a remastering and filmed in Elios studios , as usual . Enjoyable musical score by Vasco and Mancuso , including catching leitmotif .
Sartana himself is like a crossover between Clint Eastwood's The Man with no Name and ¨Django¨, a black-clad amoral anti-hero ; adding the special characteristics from James Bond , his quirky gadgets , elegance and dressed in cloak . Sartana character is in equal parts mysterious , cool and deadly ; he is not out there to chase the bandits like a simple bounty hunter , he is just out for money and blood . His quirky gadgets often bring to mind the other similar character , Sabata played by Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner . The first Sartana was ¨Gunfighters Die Harder" or "If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death" a trend-setting film by Gianfranco Parolini with Garco , Kinski and Fernando Sancho . The best Sartana are directed by Giuliano Carmineo , alias Anthony Ascott, he realized various with George Hilton who replaces to Garco . Hilton played more natural and roguish than Garco who was cold and peculiar . They cooperated in some Westerns in the late 60s/early 70s, most remarkable is the "Sartana"-Series. The later "Sartana" movies directed by Anthony Ascott became increasingly cartoonish and humorous . It was followed by director Alfonso Balcazar with ¨Sartana non Perdona or Sonora¨ with George Martin and Gilbert Roland . Miles Deem directed two Sartanas deemed lousy and cheesy . Furthermore , a string of sequels and rip-offs with other Z-series directors. This ¨Sartana¨ movie perhaps is not a Spaghetti masterpiece , but a watchable and sometimes unusual movie nonetheless .This is definitely one of the best Sartana-Movies ; tough, cynical and with a lot of humor, seasoned with all herbs of a cool Spaghetti. I had a lot of fun with this one and it's worthwhile it more than one time .
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