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Paella/Spaghetti Western , co-produced between Spain and Italy and starred by usual genre stars as German Cobos and Robert Camardiel
This is just an average Macaroni/Tortilla Western filled with intrigue , go riding and thrills, though mostly developing indoors scenarios . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between some cutthroats led by a nasty boss , Alfonso Rojas accompanied by his lover Sarah Ross , who pull off a bank robbery against the protagonists , a timid young , Steven Tedd , and a gunfighter , German Cobos . As several masked men arrive in a little town and carry out a heist bank . But a traitor takes the robbed money and the bandits find out the loot is gone . Later on , they take refugee at a horse station . There meet an old station-master (Roberto Camardiel) , a young man called Bill (Steven Tedd) who helps in the kitchen and some women (Dina Sorel) and prostitutes (Charo Soriano) , all of them become their captives . The outlaws suspect each other of hiding the stolen stash and soon the murders start . Then , the band's leader and his hoodlums (Alfonso de la Vega , José Marco) kill and mistreat the prisoners . In order to defend the group of people ambushed by the desperadoes the nervous as well as naive Bill learns to shoot thanks to a veteran Pistolero Sucre (German Cobos) .
It is an Italian/Spanish made western that came to the big screen when the top time of the genre was falling down . In fact, the late sixties and 'seventies' is not the best time to find out good spaghetti westerns . But "Quinto: Fighting Proud" is not so bad , it drags at times , balancing in ups and downs ; turning out to be entertaining enough . It's a simple but otherwise earnest little story of a group of rogues hides at a station because they committed a hold-up , there meet a shy man , Steven Tedd , turned gunslinger that finds himself in the middle of a fight between member of the violent bunch for a loot . Recently deceased German Cobos gives a subdued performance but adequate to his character , a two-fisted but upright gun-shooter . Cobos played a lot of Paella/Chorizo or Tortilla Western filmed in Spain such as : ¨Hombre De La Diligencia¨ by Jose Maria Elorrieta¨, ¨Fuerte Perdido¨, ¨Secret of Captain O'Hara¨ by Arturo Ruiz del Castillo , ¨Wanted¨ by Giorgio Ferroni and ¨Blood calls to Blood¨ by Luigi Capuano . Both of whom are fine , they ravage the screen, kill , shoot , hit and run . There is plenty of thrills and action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . Furthermore , there appears usual Italian/Spanish Western secondaries as Alfonso Rojas , Alfonso De La Vega , Roberto Camardiel , Jose Marco , and Raf Baldassarre . The film blends violence , high body-count , intriguing events and quite entertaining . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the ending gunfights and the customary showdown conclusion . It also feels kind of flat , with not only with not enough action, but the action there is being quite sub par for the genre . Interesting as well as suspenseful screenplay filled with twists and turns by Manuel Martinez Remis who wrote various Macaroni/Chorizo Westerns such as "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" , ¨"Il Magnifico Texano"¨ and ¨Reverendo Colt¨ , in fact , the latter film with whom bears remarkable resemblance , being even shot at the same location . There are fine technicians and nice production design , creating an acceptable scenario with barren outdoors , dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun and an atmospheric set on the little town and the stagecoach station . The musician Piero Umiliani composes a nice soundtrack and well conducted . Striking cinematography by Giuseppe De La Torre in Eastmancolor, with negative regularly processed , being necessary a perfect remastering . Interior filmed at Ballesteros Studios (Madrid), Elios Studios (Rome) and outdoor sequences filmed at Colmenar Viejo , Manzanares Del Real and Madrid surroundings .
The motion picture was middlingly directed by Leon Klimovsky . The Argentina born but nationalized Spanish , Leon Klimovsky was a craftsman who directed all kind of genres , as Terror for Paul Naschy ( Marshall of hell, Rebellion of dead one, Orgy of vampires , Werewolf shadow, Dr Jekill vs. the werewolf), Warlike (June 44 attack force Normandy , A bullet for Rommel , Bridge over Elba) and Western (Badland drifter , Some dollars for Django, Torrejon city , Death knows no time , Two thousand dollars for Coyote , A dollar for Sartana) . Rating : 5.5/10 ; regular but entertaining .
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