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Spaghetti with Paella Western co-produced between Spain and Italy , filled with violence and shootouts
Finished Civil War and after fighting in the North side , officer Jeff Donovan (Alan Steel or Sergio Ciani) returns home . A gang of former confederates led by Machedo (William Berger) and his hoodlums ( Frank Braña, Fernando Bilbao) lay siege to a Cavalry fort, killing everyone except for Jeff whom they torture mercilessly . Blinded by revenge, ex-Union captain Donovan and now dressed in black loses all confidence in the law and gradually becomes a deranged outlaw . Jeff doesn't hesitate to prosecute to hell Machedo , being only helped by an Union veteran (Francisco Sanz) and an Indian girl . He takes the path to a little town where resides Machedo and his band harassing them until a final fight .
It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonists Alan Steel or Sergio Ciani and his enemy , William Berger and underlings , Frank Braña and Fernando Bilbao . There is plenty of action and crossfire in the movie , guaranteeing a shootout or stunt every few minutes along with a lot of violence , including killings in cold blood . This is a mediocre Spaghetti Western with some moment entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . Director Mario Bianchi achieved in "Mi Chiamavano 'Requiescat'" or ¨Fast hand is still my name¨ possibly his best work of a modest career , with some memorable scenes and regular camera movement , such as the ending duel with surprise included and that makes only can say that this movie seems to be a passable story .
Sergio Ciani is the tough revenger and although he doesn't reaches the level of William Berger , as he is also quite restrained and a little wooden . He played assorted mythological demigods in cheaply-made but highly popular spectacles of the early 1960s, the actor also occasionally went by his birth name . Steel started off his beefcake run off as a body double for Reeves in both the "Hercules" and sequel ¨Hercules Unchained¨ and in The battle of Marathón (1959) or Giant of Marathon , in which he also had bit roles . Within a couple of years Steel was posing front-and-center in Sansone (1961) opposite another physique-minded American import, Brad Harris in the title role. On numerous occasions Steel was asked to play the legendary Greek hero, as well as the equally well-built demigods Samson and Ursus, even though the film titles often fused or confused them in their titles . Steel starred as Hercules in Hercules Against Rome, Hercules Against the Moon Men , Hercules and the Black Pirate, and Hercules and the Treasure of the Incas , the second movie mentioned being one of the only spectacles to actually incorporate science fiction into the genre . In contrast, his Hercules serves as a mere sidekick in the Zorro-like Hercules and the Masked Rider . He subsequently made Ursus, the Rebel Gladiator opposite Dan Vadis , The Fury of Hercules and Samson and the Mighty Challenge. In the late 1960s he and fellow movie Musclemen Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell served up "spaghetti western" genre . In 1976 Steel starred in and co-wrote a Robin Hood movie, and in 1979 ended his on-camera appearances with the Italian comedy Baby Love .
William Berger as a cruelly baddie role is terrific, former and subsequently he would play similar characters in various oaters . His performance is astonishing , above average to level of these films . Furthermore, appears usual secondary actors from Spaghetti/Chorizo Western as Spanish actors : Francisco Sanz , Fernando Bilbao , Frank Braña and Lorenzo Robledo as a hearse driver ; as Italian secondary players as Karin Well. Atmospheric scenario with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun and a fine sets with lousy cinematography by Emilio Foriscot , in Eastmancolor with negative badly processed , being necessary a right remastering . Being filmed on location in Colmenar Viejo, Hoyo De Manzanares, Madrid, and Seseña, Toledo, Spain . Anti-climatic musical score by Gianni Ferrio , adding modern jazzy music along with inappropriate songs . Quentin Tarantino would take Spaghetti scores composed by Gianni Ferrio for his Inglorious bastards .
The motion picture was written and produced by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero who started producing ¨Il Coyote¨ and ¨The Jiusticia De Coyote¨ by Joaquin Romero Marchent with Abel Salazar and Gloria Marin . After that , he produced with his company Copercines ¨Vengeance of Zorro¨ and ¨L'Ombra Di Zorro¨ (1962) by Joaquin Marchent with Frank Latimore . Eduardo Manzanos built a Western little town in Hoyo De Manzanares (Madrid) with sets by Jaime Perez Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia , today sadly disappeared just like is well shown in ¨Fast hand¨ in which the village appears old and almost scrawny ; the village was called ¨Golden City¨ where filmed several Western as the classic ¨Fistful of dollars¨ and ¨For a fistful of dollars more¨ ; furthermore there was shot : ¨Welcome Padre Murray¨ , ¨Brandy¨ , various Zorros and this one . Manzanos Brochero produced various films for Marchent brothers as Joaquin Romero Marchent : ¨Cabalgando Hacia Muerte¨ , ¨Three good men¨; and Rafael Marchent : ¨Quien Grita vengeance¨, ¨Two crosses in Danger Pass¨ ; and for Italian directors as ¨Sabor Odio¨ by Umberto Lenzi¨ , ¨Winchester 1 between 1000¨ by Primo Zeglio , ¨At the end of the rainbow¨ by Aldo Florio and ¨Taste for vengeance¨ or "Cowards Don't Pray" . ¨Fast Hand¨ was middlingly realized by Mario Bianchi OR Frank Bronston , son of director Roberto B. Montero . Mario Bianchi realized all kind of genres as Terror , Softcore , Hardcore and Spaghetti Western such as ¨Più forte Sorelle¨ , "Kill the Poker Player" , ¨The Masked Thief" and this ¨Fast hand¨ , most of them written and produced by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero.
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