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Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other. Written by
This is the only western that I know of that was directed by the great Italian horror director Mario Bava. He directed quite a few non-horror movies, but his true talent is mainly exhibited within the categories of horror and giallo. His other films usually aren't meant to be taken very seriously, and this one is no exception. That having been said, this film is still lots of fun to watch, especially if you are a spaghetti western fan.
The music score is great. The trumpet, guitar and organ music set the proper tone for a spaghetti western.
The acting seems about average for a Eurowestern. Marilu Tolo is beautiful as Manila, and she steals the show by doing the best acting out of the entire cast, as well as being so nice to look at. The character called "the reverend" is very annoying, and suffers from some very corny translation in the subtitles. I probably would have given this movie a higher rating if it had been dubbed in English, since I prefer watching westerns that way. They could have at least done a better job with the subtitles! This movie is a bawdy, humorous spaghetti western, not the dark and vengeful kind one might expect from a director of horror movies. The humor misses in a couple of parts, but works pretty well in general if you recognize this as a light-hearted film. The story is one of those in which everyone double crosses one another in the search for gold. It is typical, but engaging and fun. There is a twist at the end, but I saw it coming about 10 minutes into the film.
This one's not bad, and all connoisseurs of the spaghetti western should see it at least once.
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