A master gunfighter teams up with his banjo-playing partner and a Mexican bandit to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.
After Sabata returns the safe, the colonel instructs a lieutenant to "see about his money". The officer who approaches to determine the reward is a captain. See more »
[Believing he's got Sabata beat]
Before you die, you should know that those men with superior talents... and consequently with superior powers... always have one last card to play.
You know, Stengel, I wouldn't bet a dollar on that last card.
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Gianfranco Parolini's "Ehi Amico... C'è Sabata, Hai Chiuso!" aka. "Sabata" is a stylish and excellent Italian Cult Western starring one of the greatest Western icons of all time (THE greatest in my book), the incomparable Lee Van Cleef. Van Cleef is a blessing for any movie, and "Sabata" is, besides "For A Few Dollars More", "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly", "The Big Gundown", "Day Of Anger" and "Death Rides A Horse", one of the most important films starring this great actor. Although this film is was followed by only two sequels (one of them starring Van Cleef, the other starring Yul Brynner), the "Sabata" series could very well be described as the most important series of Spaghetti Westerns alongside the "Sartana" series starring Gianni Garko and, of course, the "Django" series (which isn't really a series, since "Django" of 1966 was followed by dozens of unofficial "sequels" that mostly had little to nothing to do with the original).
Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) is a typical antihero of the Italian Western, who longs for money and his own benefit more than for anything else. After killing a whole gang of outlaws and bringing their loot back for the money, Sabata stays in town for a while, in order to make some more money. He soon has two sidekicks, Carrincha (Ignazio Spalla) and Indio (Aldo Canti), and he furthermore runs into an old acquaintance, the constantly relaxed banjo player Banjo (William Berger)...
Lee Van Cleef is the perfect cast for Sabata, and delivers a great performance in the lead as always. Another highlight of this movie is William Berger, who is coolness incarnate as Banjo. Franco Ressel is great as the villain and Ignazio Spalla and Aldo Canti make two great sidekicks, especially Spalla is funny as hell. The movie is perfectly photographed in the Spanish Alméria, the greatest location for a Spaghetti Western, and very stylish from the first minute. The score is great, especially Banjo's theme, which he constantly plays on his banjo, is a great piece of soundtrack and a very catchy tune that I'll never forget. "Sabata" is an essential Spaghetti Western and a great film in any aspect, and fans of the Italian Western can not afford to miss this. Highly recommended.
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