21 November 2010 | ma-cortes
Good Spanish/Italian co-production with intelligent and slick direction by Sergio Corbucci
Sergio Corbucci's Western is packed with noisy action and lots of violence . Italian-Spanish co-production financed by Jose G Maesso and Albert Band full of action , exaggerated characters, shootouts and drama . This is a surprisingly low-key Spaghetti Western set in the post-Civil War era in which a washed-out confederate Colonel (Joseph Cotten) and his band of three sons (Julian Mateos,Guido Pernice,Angel Aranda) led a hearse and taking on a variety of problems and risks with the aim to go on the rebel cause . As three diverse characters and his father who call themselves ¨The Hellbenders¨ joining forces to carry a stolen currency . The crazed ex-Confederate Cotten plans to utilize it to reorganize Confederacy and rekindle the war but find numerous complications .
This entertaining picture contains a twisted plot , action Western , shootouts and bits of campy and refreshing events with turns and twists . It's an improbable blending of standard Western with pursuits, high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining. An interesting casting full of usual Spaghetti make this oater well worth the watching . Delightful Western in which the violent family using his wits , breaking all the rules and kicking virtually every cliché in the pants , as the familiar group relentlessly deceives, plunders and robs . Amiable but sometimes lumbering Western goes on and on about the same premise , as minutes are superfluous , it has quarter hour of excess , as it packs some moments turn out to be dull and tiring . Furthermore, appears ordinary secondaries of Spaghetti/Paella Western as Aldo Sambrell , Ennio Girolami, Jose Canalejas , Alvaro De Luna and Benito Stefanelli who is also master of arms and stunt . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing shootouts, fights or stunts every few minutes . The musician Ennio Morricone or Leo Nichols composes a nice soundtrack with catching leitmotif and well conducted ; it's full of guttural sounds with use of harmonica , trumpets and guitar. Striking cinematography by Enzo Barboni or E.B.Clucher (author of Trinity series with Terence Hill, Bud Spencer) who does an excellent cinematography with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun and photographed in Eastmancolor with negative regularly processed for that reason is necessary an urgent remastering . Interiors filmed at Italia , Cinecitta studios , and outdoor sequences shot on outskirts of Madrid La Pedriza , Colmenar Viejo , and of course , at Almeria, Spain. In addition , there are many fine technicians and nice helpers as appears as assistant direction Ruggiero Deodato future author of Cannibal Holocaust and fine Art Direction by Perez Cubero.
Sergio Corbucci's direction is well crafted, here he's more cynical and violent and less inclined toward humor and packs too much action , but especially this moving Western contains broad violence .The movie contains gun-play, action Western, bloody spectacle and fist-fights . The other Sergio made several Spaghetti classics as ¨ Django¨, ¨The great silence¨, ¨The specialist¨ , and Zapata Western as ¨The Mercenary¨, ¨The Compañeros¨ and ¨What am I doing in middle of the revolution¨ . In addition Sergio directed other inferior S.W. as ¨Far West story¨ ,¨Johnny Oro¨, ¨The white the yellow an the black¨ and ¨Minnesota Clay¨. It's an offbeat , surprising and uneven Western but will appeal to Corbucci aficionados . Rating : 7 , riotous Western in which there's too much action and violence and enough excitement