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Jack Beauregard, once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace, but a young gunfighter, known only as "Nobody," idolizes him and wants to see him go out in a blaze of glory. He arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history.Written by
During the drinking/shooting competition in the bar, Nessuno (Nobody) lifts one of the smaller drinks with his right hand, as it appears in the mirror. The next shot is a close up and he has the drink in his left hand. Mistakenly thought of as a continuity error: The right hand reversal is because the camera shot is into the mirror above Nobody; you can see the shot is angled toward the floor because of the height and angle of the mirror over the bar. The next wide-angle shot shows the mirror and the left hand holding the drink reflected in the mirror, the drink appearing to be be his right hand as shown in the previous shot. See more »
Just think of it, 150 pure bred sons of bitches on horseback and you facing 'em alone. You'll be written up in all the history books.
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German 8mm home video version was heavily edited for timing reasons (ie. the first 24 minutes were cut down to 4 minutes). See more »
Balletto Degli Specchi (Ballet Of The Mirrors)
Written and Performed by Ennio Morricone And His Orchestra See more »
It's like Leone Meets the Three Stooges
All that gunslinger Jack Beauregard (Henry Fonda) wants to do is retire while he's still alive. But Nobody (Terence Hill) wants to see Beauregard go out in blaze of glory. Nobody dogs him across the West insisting that if Beauregard will just face one more enemy, he's sure to go down in the annals of history. But Nobody's idea is for Beauregard to have it out with the 150 man strong Wild Bunch - all alone.
The shortest and most to the point description that I can come up with for this movie is "Sergio Leone Meets the Three Stooges". On the one hand, you've got Henry Fonda in the traditional Western role (albeit Spaghetti Western). On the other hand, you've got Terence Hill performing some of the best slapstick and pantomime since the era of the silent film. It sounds like an unlikely combination, but Valerii successfully marries the two styles into a very enjoyable experience. The scenes with Fonda and Hill together are as good as you'll see in a Spaghetti Western.
While some of Hill's comedy seems goofy and doesn't work that well, most of it is very funny. There are moments of pure genius. The shooting scene in the saloon is a particular favorite of mine.
Morricone's score is amazing. He draws inspiration from and pays homage to some of the earlier scores he did. I was reminded several times of Once Upon a Time in the West, the Dollars Trilogy, and other Spaghetti Westerns. Writing positive comments on a Morricone score is becoming a bit redundant. Did he ever write a score that you could call bad?
For those of us who have only seen My Name is Nobody on VHS with bad transfers and missing footage, the new Image DVD is a real treat. It was a lot like watching the movie for the first time. I never thought this movie could look so good. My only complaint is the lack of extras. The disc doesn't even have a trailer.
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