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Sonny and Jed (1972)

La banda J. & S. - Cronaca criminale del Far West (original title)
R | | Comedy, Western | March 1974 (USA)
A determined sheriff pursues a robber and his girlfriend, and lets nothing stop in his way of catching them.

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Jed Trigado
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Sonny Lester Trigado
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Sheriff Franciscus
Eduardo Fajardo ...
García
Rosanna Yanni ...
Lidia
Franco Giacobini ...
Padre de jed
Herbert Fux ...
Merril
Werner Pochath ...
Pistolero (as Wernet Pochat)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Aller
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Betty
Pilar Climent
Gene Collins ...
Hotelero (as Gene Collings)
Álvaro de Luna ...
Sheriff
Mario Talleri
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A determined sheriff pursues a robber and his girlfriend, and lets nothing stop in his way of catching them.

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Bandera Bandits  »

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Sheriff Franciscus: I could put the next bullet between your eyes! But you're not gonna die that easy, punk!
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Not your average Spaghetti Western
13 July 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Guns and violence are pretty synonymous with the Spaghetti Western genre; and while this film has all that stuff, the real reason Bandits is so good is not because of it; but because of the central characters and their relationship, and works so well mostly thanks to excellent performances from the beautiful Susan George and the immensely talented Tomas Milian. The film takes obvious influence from the famous story of Bonnie and Clyde, and indeed the most shocking thing about this film is the misogynistic nature of the lead male character. The story focuses on Jed; a good for nothing bandit who has little respect for anybody; friend or foe. His life is changed one day when he runs into a wannabe bandit by the name of Sonny, who he later finds out (much to his annoyance) is a female. They get split up after a robbery goes wrong, but fate soon brings the pair back together and they soon win themselves a reputation and have a price put on their head, leading the determined Sheriff Franciscus to chase the pair; stopping at nothing to bring them to justice.

Bandits has two central plots; we have the idea of the pair being wanted and chased by mercenaries, and also the relationship between them. It's the latter plot that is by far the most interesting and the one that director Sergio Corbucci is most keen to focus on. He ensures that both of his central characters are extremely well fleshed out and this benefits the film immensely as the audience is really made to care for them. This genre is not well known for well put together characters, so that makes this film all the more surprising. Tomas Milian is undoubtedly the film's biggest standout and I would have no qualms putting him right near the top of an all time greatest actors list. He leads the film amazingly well and we're never left in any doubt as to who the star of the show is. He gets good support from Susan George in one of her best roles and Telly Savalas who is effective as the lawman. It all boils down to a conclusion that brings closure to both of the main plots and while Sergio Corbucci will always be better remembered for Django and The Grand Silence; this is still an excellent Spaghetti Western and not one to miss!


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