Nobody knows his true name, but everybody knows he is the Major, and that when he wants something, he gets it. Under his beaten officer cap, the retired officer has an ingenious brain, so ...
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Nobody knows his true name, but everybody knows he is the Major, and that when he wants something, he gets it. Under his beaten officer cap, the retired officer has an ingenious brain, so he plans everything with strategy and long range vision. Two handicaps not even the Major could foresee. The first was the insidious plans of revenge by his arch-enemy Hawk-Eye, now known as the One-Eyed - after the major blinded him in their first encounter. The second was the capacity of doing mischief of the half-caste Mexican Lucky, whose life the Major saved when he was going to be hanged for his crimes - out of piety, and because Lucky is holding to half of the treasure map hidden into an abandoned gold mine somewhere. Together, and sometimes tactically separate, both men strive to attain their goals, while Hawk-Eye tries to get his hands on both halves of the map. The pair can trust no one, men or women alike, not even each other.Written by
This brutal, chaotic pseudo-spaghetti western, which steals large plot pieces from Leone's IL BUONO IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO adds absolutely nothing to the genre except the odd conceit that South Africa is a good stand-in for the American southwest -- well, I suppose if Spain and Italy are supposed to do the job, South Africa might as well. The talent involved is also mostly obscure, their accents slipping now and again and the plot, such as it is, stops frequently for acts of brutality.
Struggling to find something positive about the film, I will admit that the compositions are competently framed, but the use of color in this film is largely a conceit, as little color manages to survive the prints except for browns.
This one is not even bad enough to be interesting. Give it a miss.
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