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È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (1971)

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.


Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)


Renato Izzo (screenplay), Gianfranco Parolini (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Sabata / Major
Reiner Schöne ... Clyde / Lieutenant
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Joe McIntock
Ignazio Spalla ... Bronco (as Pedro Sanchez)
Annabella Incontrera ... Maggie, Saloon Girl
Jacqueline Alexandre Jacqueline Alexandre ... Jackie McIntock
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti ... Angel, acrobat (as Nick Jordan)
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Bionda, acrobat (as Karis Vassili)
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Donovan
Pia Giancaro Pia Giancaro ... Diane, Circus Girl (as Maria Pia Giancaro)
John Bartha John Bartha ... Sheriff (as Janos Bartha)
Günther Stoll Günther Stoll ... Circus Show Man (as Gunther Stoll)
Carmelo Reale Carmelo Reale ... Chuck, Bald Henchman
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Circus owner
Ileana Rigano Ileana Rigano ... Brunette Saloon Girl (as Ilenna Rigano)


Master gunslinger Sabata arrives in Hobsonville, a town completely owned by McIntock, a robber baron who is taxing the inhabitants for the cost of future improvements to the town. Or that's what McIntock says he'll do with the money... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Release Date:

3 September 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of Sabata See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film Studios See more »


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$245,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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E' Tornato Sabata... Hai Chiuso Un' Altra Volta! (Title Song)
Composed by Marcello Giombini
Lead Vocals Performed by Alessandro Alessandroni
Chorus Vocals Performed by Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni (uncredited)
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Sabata Numero Tre

"È Tornato Sabata... Hai Chiuso Un'Altra Volta" aka. "Return Of Sabata" is the third, last and sadly also least interesting of Gianfranco Parolini's "Sabata" films (if "Adios Sabata" aka. "Indio Black", which wasn't originally intended to be a Sabata flick, and in which Lee Van Cleef was replaced by Yul Brynner, is counted as a Sabata movie). While the first "Sabata" (aka. "Ehi Amico, C'e Sabata, Hai Ciuso!") of 1969 is an excellent and immensely stylish Spaghetti Western that deserves its cult-status, this "Return Of Sabata" goes far over the top with slapstick elements, and even though Parolini obviously attempted to copy the original "Sabata" in many parts, it is not really a worthy sequel. Nevertheless, "Return Of Sabata" is an entertaining Spaghetti Western, Lee Van Cleef is great as always in the lead, and the coolness of his Sabata-character saves quite a lot.

I won't give too much of the plot away, but it resembles the first movie a lot, only that its not as violent and witty, but more slapstick-ish and confusing and not as interesting. Sabata (Van Cleef) arrives in Hobsonville this time, a town controlled by a rich and religious Irishman, Joe McIntock (Giampiero Albertini). Sabata decides not only to free town from McInrock's tyranny, but also to gain some profit himself...

There are several highly entertaining scenes, some good action and many amusing gags, and, as mentioned above, the great Lee Van Cleef is always worth the time. Apart from Lee Van Cleef's performance as Sabata, one of the trickiest antiheroes of the Italian Western, the movie is sadly far away from the greatness of its predecessor. While the first movie had an excellent score, the score is one of the biggest flaws in "Return Of Sabata", the music often sounds like the soundtrack of a slapstick comedy instead of a Spaghetti Western. The body-count is also disappointing, it really takes quite a while until somebody is finally killed.

Apart from Lee Van Cleef, two other actors from the first movie are also in this one, Ignazio Spalla and Aldo Canti. Spalla's and Canti's characters resemble their characters from the first movie a lot, but they are not the same. It is beyond me why Parolini didn't just let them play their old characters, who could have had a reunion with Sabata. Still these two sidekicks for Sabata fit in very well, especially Ignazio Spalla is highly amusing and a great enrichment to the movie. Giampiero Albertini also delivers a good performance as the villain. Another character, Clyde (played by Reiner Schöne), is an attempt to copy William Berger's 'Banjo' character from the first movie, which is not too convincing either, since the role doesn't have the wit, and Schöne is not nearly as great an actor as Berger.

Overall, "Return Of Sabata" will be a disappointment if you expect another movie as great as the first "Sabata". Knowing that this is an inferior sequel, however, it should certainly be fun to watch for my fellow fans of the Italian Western. It has many flaws, and it doesn't come up to its predecessors, but it is still an amusing film and Lee Van Cleef is never to be missed. I recommend the entire "Sabata" series to a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, but one should certainly see the great original, as well as "Indio Black", before watching "Return Of Sabata". 6/10

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