To avenge a friend and to fulfill his last wish, Tom has to find out what happened to an army corps that has mysteriously disappeared. He therefore puts on the disguise of a doctor and starts investigating in a somewhat uncomfortable town.
Near the end of the American Civil War, an entire unit of one hundred Union sharpshooters vanish into thin air in a rugged, mountainous region. To shed light on their mysterious disappearance, Sugar Colt, a former special agent, superb marksman, and director of a shooting academy, rides into the dusty town of Snake Valley, posing as Doctor Tom Cooper. But, newcomers, especially the brazen ones, are rarely treated with respect in the God-forsaken hamlet. Now, Tom will have to put his skills to good use, as guns have the final say. Will Sugar Colt get to the bottom of what happened to the missing U.S. Cavalry officers?Written by
Sugar Colt" is an excellent movie that belongs in a list of the top 20 Italian westerns for me. Definitely the best role Hunt Powers ever got in Europe and this genre, as he went on to make Django flicks with Fidani, but "Sugar Colt" is memorable also for its unusual script about criminal investigators in the wild west, which makes "Sugar Colt" a comedy in the first half and a serious brutal western in the second half - which is absolutely making sense because the main character is totally changing when he gives up his disguise as doctor Cooper and becomes the gunman Sugar Colt. Composer Luis E Bacalov ("Django") uses two different themes here to illustrate this: the "Sugar Colt" leitmotif, and the soldiers' theme with the trumpet. Spanish photographer Alejandro Ulloa who also shot Corbucci's "Mercenario" and Castellari's "Ammazzali tutti e torna solo" achieves the perfect western look near Almeria, partly at the same locations "For A Few Dollars More" was shot at. Together with the skill of director Giraldi ("Seven Guns for the MacGregors") and the legendary Soledad Miranda in her best western role, this is a must have for a "Western all'italiana" collection even if currently harder to find than many others. I've got an Italian language DVD with French subtitles in well restored picture quality.
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