Master gunslinger Sabata arrives in Hobsonville, a town completely owned by McIntock, a robber baron who is taxing the inhabitants for the cost of future improvements to the town. Or that's... See full summary »
Lee Van Cleef,
Several pillars of society have robbed an Army safe containing $100,000 so they can buy the land upon which the coming railroad will be built. But they haven't reckoned on the presence of ... See full summary »
Lee Van Cleef,
After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach's strongbox in the hands of the killer ... See full summary »
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
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 »
The worst kind of informer. For gold he would have betrayed his own mother... or us. My father, Admiral Von Skimmel, used to hang such traitors from the *mast*!
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Writer / director Gianfranco Parolini's crisp follow up two years later was simply just another crack, but Lee Van Cleef wouldn't return. Instead we get Yul Brynner decked in black as our man the bounty hunter Sabata, who's quick with a gun. As much as I liked Van Cleef in the title role, a curt Brynner stuck with me more. As it's hard to take your eyes off the man. While the cold edge was there, the humane side still showed without really letting you in. This made his shady character a lot more mysterious. Although Van Cleef would return to the Sabata role in Parolini's next sequel "Return of Sabata".
Hired gunslinger Sabata takes on a job to steal a wagon of gold from the Austrian army to help the fighting Mexican revolutionaries, but the job doesn't entirely go to plan. The narrative had some recurring themes that feel like they have been lifted right out of the original source. Despite the familiar staples, the pessimistic plot is never too straight-forward with its scheming, humour and there's a new gimmick or two (anyone up for stone marbles). The surprises are foreseeable, but its operatic style consists of flair and danger in a much more expansive manner. The shoot-outs (involving Mexicans and gun-runners) are mechanically staged, but there are some jarringly artistic shots, local flavour from the locations and sharp camera-work along with the bombastic music score. The way the camera presented some scenes, if would have you believing that maybe this was shot in 3D. That would have been interesting if so. The performances are spot on and fruitful in characterisations, as Parolini reuses some the actors from the original in different roles. Dean Reed works off Brynner quite well, which reminded me of the pairing of Van Cleef and Berger in Sabata. Too bad I found the latter to be better implemented though. Ignazio Spalla gives an animated turn as one of the Mexican revolutionaries and Gerard Herter is imposing as the gleefully sadistic Austrian Colonel Skimmel.
Conventional, but capable Italian western.
"I play solo".
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