Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch ... See full summary »
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Enzo G. Castellari
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Enrico Maria Salerno,
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Lorella De Luca
After the Civil War, Michael "California" Random, is released from prison and goes to Missouri with his partner William. He is killed by bandits. California decides to return the belongings to his family and help them against outlaws.
Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch of other treacherous folks who include conniving widow Senora Manassas, shrewd fellow gunslinger Grand Full, and the vicious and unhinged General Monk are also looking to get their greedy hands on said fortune. Written by
Gianni Garko competes to find the gold with just about everyone
One test of a good movie is whether or not it holds up over time. This one does. Another is whether or not it holds up under repeated viewings. This one does. Its complexity as a mystery alone assures that, but there is more, quite a lot more. We have a very cool superhero in Sartana (Gianni Garko). His senses and reflexes are top-notch acute, which save his life several times and help him outmaneuver enemies. He is bold enough to get himself imprisoned so that he can escape and free Piero Lulli, who may help him find $500,000 in gold and $2,000,000 in counterfeit notes. He is brave enough to take on a troop of ruffians armed with an organ-weapon. He can pole vault. He's quick-witted. Garko looks the part.
Nothing is too overdone, the story doesn't descend into parody. The director has a sure hand. The production includes a western town and not so many landscapes. The music is confident and melodic spaghetti western with nice chord resolutions. Expect a high body count and lots of shooting, plus some beauty and cunning provided by Susan Scott.
It all adds up to bona fide entertainment.
This entry was rated #27 among all spaghetti westerns by one site at one time. This seems high to me, but what does it matter?
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