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Enzo G. Castellari
In Arizona, not far from Fort Apache, a U.S. Army supply column is attacked by Mexican bandits. The bandits kill all the soldiers, kidnap Miss Adams. the doctor's daughter, and loot the ammo wagons. They make out with lots of rifles, ammunition and two machine guns. Tired of frequent Mexican bandit raids into U.S. territory, President Grant sends Captain Chadwell, Lieutenant Junger and Sergeant Smith to Fort Apache to help the fort commandant put an end to the raids. The three envoys are aided by the fort's scout, and bounty-hunter, Korano. The Mexican outlaws are led by Angelo Sanchez who, in return, obeys the orders of a mad Mexican general, General Mueller a.k.a. El Supremo. The bounty hunter Korano, who often rides under a pink umbrella and recites passages from the Koran, wants to capture Sanchez alive in order to claim the one thousand dollar bounty on him. Captain Chadwell wants to destroy the Mexican outlaw gang and recover the stolen army rifles and ammunition. On a sunny day...Written by
The preacher of death who calls himself a follower of Mohammed; The virile Mexican revolutionary to whom every married woman is his to take; The insane General who believes he is Napoleon, destined to conquer America ... and Chadwell - the dirtiest of them all !
If you enjoy spaghetti westerns as I do, more likely than not you will love CHARGE! (a.k.a. CAMPA CAROGNA... LA TAGLIA CRESCE) The trademarks of great spaghetti westerns are in full force here. The musical score by Nico Fidenco is tangy, and you'll be humming the theme song long after the movie is over. The locations are well-chosen, looking bleak and haunting. In fact, the whole look of the movie is great, with a worn and dusty look hanging over every scene that makes for great atmosphere. And there are some great action sequences, ranging from gun fights to man-to-man struggles. As an added bonus, the script is of interest as well, going off in many different directions that makes the story less predictable than usual. About the only thing that doesn't work in the movie is a slapstick fight sequence, which is not only unfunny, it also doesn't match the tone of the rest of the movie. But that's a minor quibble. This is one spaghetti western that's definitely worth a search for.
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