Duel at the Rio Grande
- 1h 30min
General Gutierrez, the evil governor of Mexico, imposes taxes on the people and terrorizes them with his henchmen.General Gutierrez, the evil governor of Mexico, imposes taxes on the people and terrorizes them with his henchmen.General Gutierrez, the evil governor of Mexico, imposes taxes on the people and terrorizes them with his henchmen.
Amusing adventure movie in Spaghetti style , plenty of action , thrills , colorful cinematography , luxurious costumes , impressive score ; all meld together under Mario Caiano's passable direction . Although the story has been told before , tight filmmaking and nice acting win out . Combination of overwhelming sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . Exciting script by Casey Robinson who also penned ¨The son of Captain Blood¨ also starred by Sean Flynn . The picture is fast-moving , exciting and thrilling right up to the climatic final confrontation between Sean Flynn and Armando Calvo . Amusing acting by Sean Flynn who uses all kind of shrewdness in order to penetrate a well-defended governor stronghold . There appears the gorgeous Danielle De Metz as a hot-tempered moll who swoons over Sean ; furthermore , an enjoyable support cast with full of Spanish secondaries , such as : Armando Calvo , Virgilio Teixeira , Tony Soler , Manuel De Blas , Enrique Diosdado , Helga Liné , Elena Barrios , Xan das Bolas , among others . Stars the always handsome and laughing Sean Flynn. At the beginning his short career he accepted a contract to appear in a sequel to his father's hit film¨ Captain Blood¨ (1935), ¨The son of Captain Blood¨ (1962). He made a few more films in Europe, as ¨Seven Guns for Timothy¨ , ¨Sandok¨ , ¨Two Twin Guns¨ , ¨Delay in Marienborn¨ , ¨Five Ashore in Singapore¨ , in all of which he was extraordinarily likeable but not particularly skilled or at ease before the camera . He became tired with acting and then went to Africa in 1965 as a War Correspondent . The Vietnam war was heating up, and in 1966 Flynn went to cover the war as a photographer-correspondent for Paris-Match and after that to cover the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 . He then went back to Vietnam in 1968 , where he sold photographs and news stories to most of the major news organizations and made plans for a documentary film on the war . In April, 1970, while covering the widening of combat to the border areas of Cambodia, Flynn and colleague Dana Stone disappeared. They were presumed captured by elements of the North Vietnamese, the Viet Cong, or the Khmer Rouge . Although some reports indicated they may have survived as prisoners for as much as another two months , Flynn and Stone were never definitively heard from again after April 6, 1970, and were almost certainly executed by captors.
Producers Benito Perojo and Harry Joe Brown took advantage of the unused as well as left sets from other movies by financing and shooting this hastily assembled attractive picture that holds various titles : El capitán Intrépido (Spain) , Le signe de Zorro (France) , Duel at the Rio Grande (United States) or Sign of Zorro (United States) . This is a good-natured Technicolor romp with glamorous cinematography from Bitto Albertini and Antonio Macasoli , though a perfect remastering being really necessary . In addition an evocative and rousing musical score by Anton Garcia Abril , including a catching leitmotif . Motion picture was regular but professionally directed by Mario Caiano . He made this acceptable Zorro adventure , genre in which he would not only excel but one where he would spent much of the rest of his career . This craftsman directed all kinds of genres as he made several Spaghetti Westerns : ¨Brandy¨, ¨Avenger of California¨ , ¨Ringo, face of revenge¨ , ¨Bullets don't argue¨, ¨Lone and angry man¨, ¨A train to Durango¨. Caiano made Peplum as ¨Ulisse vs Ercole¨, ¨I due Gladiatori¨, ¨Maciste Gadiatori di Sparta¨ and Terror : ¨Nightmare castle¨, ¨ Eye in the labyrinth¨ and even Pornonazi as ¨Nazi love camp 27¨. Although Caiano couldn't be deemed an "A"-list director, his movies had a professionalism and a verve that many of those made by his fellow B-directors lacked . Muddle and uneven Zorro movie but will appeal to Spaghetti aficionados . Rating : 5.5/10 , riotous adventure in which there's too much action , battles , brawls and excitement enough.
- Jul 28, 2021