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A gang of robbers armed with a union army cannon rob the bank holding bounty Killer Acquasanta Joe's earnings to date. He pursues, crossing and double crossing along the way. Written by
TOM SELDON <email@example.com>
I'm actually not that big a fan of pasta-westerns, but I like director Mario Gariazzo and decided it might be worth a look for that reason. Everything Gariazzo ever directed was low budget trash, but his movies are packed with wackiness and fun ideas making them perfect viewing for the eurotrash aficionado. There's the sleazy giallo "Play Motel", the "based-on-a-true-story" cannibal-exploitation flick "Amazonia", the crime film "Bloody Hands of the Law" (in which Klaus Kinski uses a blowtorch on some poor guys crotch), the lovely but insanely stupid sci-fi sex comedy "Very Close Encounters of the 4th Kind" and my personal favorite, the very stiff alien-conspiracy flick "Eyes Behind the Stars" which predates the X-files series with about 15 years.
"Acquasanta Joe" is a pretty goofy comic western which stars Ty Hardin, Lincoln Tate and "show-me-the-money-and-i'll-act-in-anything" actor Richard Harrison. The film starts out pretty interesting but once the bank robbers Vs. bounty hunter premise has been established the film pretty much loses its paste and becomes kind of dull. In a long period in the middle the film is really going any place. "Acquasanta Joe" has some interesting points though, which makes it an acceptable time waster for more jaded viewers. First of all, I really liked the progressive rock soundtrack by composer Marcello Giombini (who made some really zany electronic stuff later in his career). Cowboys and gunfights to Hawkwind-like music, works for me... Also the movie is packed with some pretty odd moments, culminating in a canon versus bow and arrow duel at the end. That, I can honestly say i've never seen before...
See it if you're into spaghetti westerns or borrow it from a friend.
Seen on an old Swedish semi-letterboxed VHS tape from the Wahlters label.
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