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Adios Sabata (1970)
"Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di..." (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, War, Western  |  30 September 1970 (Italy)
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Master gunslinger Sabata helps some Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagonload of gold.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sabata / Indio Black
Dean Reed ...
Ballantine
Ignazio Spalla ...
Escudo (as Pedro Sanchez)
Gérard Herter ...
Colonel Skimmel
Salvatore Borghese ...
Septiembre (as Sal Borgese)
Franco Fantasia ...
Señor Ocaño
Joseph P. Persaud ...
Gitano, Revolutionary who does Flaminco dance of death (as Joseph Persaud)
Andrea Scotti ...
José
Nieves Navarro ...
Saloon Dancer at Kingsville Texas (as Susan Scott)
Luciano Casamonica ...
Juanito, Village Boy
Salvatore Billa ...
Manuel Garcia Otello
Vittorio Fanfoni ...
Barman
Massimo Carocci ...
Juan de los Angeles
Vittorio Caronia ...
1st Lt. Steiner (as Vitti Caronia)
Omar Bonaro ...
Jesus Rivalta
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Storyline

In Mexico, during the rule of the self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico Maximillian (1864-1867), Mexican revolutionaries and Republican forces try to bring former Mexican President Benito Juárez back to power. The United States in neutral and is going through the pains of the American Civil War. Mexican guerrilla leader Señor Ocaño hires gunfighter Sabata to steal a wagon-load of gold from Emperor Maximillian's Austrian and French forces. When Sabata and his friends, Escudo and Ballantine, finally get their hands on a wagon, they discover it's full of sand rather than gold. They suspect that the gold was stolen by Austrian Colonel Skimmel. Therefore, Sabata and his partners set out to find the gold and give it to the Mexican revolutionaries. Written by nufs68

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Sabata Aims to Kill

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Action | War | Western

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Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 1970 (Italy)  »

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Adios Sabata  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Van Cleef was unavailable to play Sabata, as he was committed to making The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) where he played Chris Adams, a role made famous by Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven (1960). Instead, Brynner signed on for the role of Sabata, a role made famous by Van Cleef. See more »

Goofs

In the bar where Sabata and Ballantine meet and they start to play the piano. When Sabata walks to the piano, he lays his gun on the table. In the wide shot of both playing the piano, the gun is missing from the table. See more »

Quotes

Escudo: Ah, poor Ballantine, who died in the moment of our triumph. So artistic! So generous! And the most honest of us all. I weep for him! May his good soul go to heaven and then be greeted by our Lord above. Wait! This now means there's only four of us! So we divide his share between us, huh?
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OK but should have been better
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not the same "Sabata" character as in the Lee Van Cleef movies. This character was actually supposed to be named "Indio Black" but they changed his name for the English version. Why they thought that a western with a big star like Yul Brynner wouldn't be popular enough on it's own, and tried to cash in on the Sabata name is beyond me, but studios and distributors did a lot of stupid things to film titles back then, especially with the international releases, so it's par for the course.

Yul Brynner is interesting as the protagonist in this film. Too bad he didn't appear in any other spaghetti westerns. He's no Lee Van Cleef, but he does have a style of his own. His accent makes him sound like Arnold Schwartzeneggar in some parts. Gerard Herter is great as the wicked, Nazi-like Austrian Colonel. I wasn't very impressed with any of the other actors in the movie. Dean Reed was especially awful, and his character, "Ballantyne" was very irritating. I kept hoping he would get killed throughout the whole movie, but that damned Indio Black kept saving him.

The music score is OK, but not as good as most of Bruno Nicolai's other work, and there are very long stretches of the film with no music at all where it probably could use some.

The movie drags a little from the middle to the end. There's lots of action, but it just doesn't have the pizazz or suspense of the really great spaghetti westerns. It would probably be better if it was shorter. Some movies, like Sergio Leone's westerns for example, are able to go on for 2 or 3 hours and not have a dull moment, but this movie isn't one of them. It could have been 15 or 20 minutes shorter.

Overall, the production quality is good, and the story is OK, though it's nothing original. This one is worth watching, but probably for spaghetti western fans only.


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