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Lee H. Katzin
Catherine Mary Stewart
Acceptable S.W. about a strange couple professionally directed by Corbucci
An Italian-Spanish co-production full of action , exaggerated characters, shootouts and lots of violence . The Cuban Thomas Milian, as usual, puts faces, grimaces, crying and overacting, but plays splendidly ; furthermore enjoyable appearance by Susan George , post ¨Straw dogs¨ . The picture tells the lurid criminal story of a famous delinquents couple, detailing a mythologized biography in ¨Bonny and Clyde ¨ style . In the time of the wild west, Jed (top notch Tomas Milian) recently out of jail meets Sonny (gorgeous Susan George), both become bank robbers. The antiheroes go across the American Midwest and South robbing banks , stores and people , embarking in a criminal rampage. They form a criminal gang, without accomplices only for money, for pleasure, for revenge ; they don't care why , rob , kill or how . An obstinate sheriff later blind ( Telly Savalas ) pursues the thieves , and lets nothing detain in his trail of catching them.
This Western is inferior than previous Corbucci's entries but displays stirring adventures, shootouts, riding pursuits and is pretty amusing. It's an exciting western with breathtaking confronting between the two protagonists and the enemy Telly Savallas dressed in long fur coat and his hoodlums. In spite of some moment is boring I think it turns out to be a good Spaghetti Western . Tomas Milian is fine, he plays similarly his role in ¨Cuchillo¨, as he ravages the screen, he jumps, bounds and leaps, hit and run , but also receives violent punches and hits . Telly Savalas as a cruelly baddie role is terrific, subsequently he would play various spaghetti (Pancho Villa ,A reason to live a reason to die, Land raiders, A town hell) . Furthermore, appears usual secondaries Italian/Spanish Western in brief acting as Alvaro De Luna, Dan Van Husen , Rafael Albaicin , Victor Israel , and of course Eduardo Fajardo , Sergio Corbucci's ordinary. The film blends violence, a love story , tension, high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing a shootout or stunt every few minutes. There are many fine technicians and nice production design with excellent scenario of barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun and a fine set on the Almeria landscape. The musician Ennio Morricone, composes a nice soundtrack and well conducted ; it's full of strange sounds in ¨My name is nobody ¨ wake . Striking cinematography by Luis Cuadrado and Alejandro Ulloa with negative well processed . Outdoor sequences filmed at Colmenar, Madrid and of course Almeria, Spain.
Sergio Corbucci's direction is well crafted , here he's quite cynical and humorous and inclined toward violence and too much action, and contains broad comedy supported on the character played by Tomas Milian . Sergio made several Spaghetti classics: ¨ Django¨, ¨The great silence¨, ¨Hellbenders¨, ¨The specialist¨ , and Zapata Western as ¨The Mercenary¨, ¨The Compañeros¨ and ¨What am I doing in middle of the revolution¨ . In addition Sergio directed other inferior S.W. as ,¨Johnny Oro¨, ¨The white the yellow an the black¨ and ¨Minnesota Clay¨.
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