I Protect Myself Against My Enemies (1968)

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A few people are on the search of three one Dollar coins with numbers that Show where a treasure is burried.


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24 November 2017 | ma-cortes
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| Italian Western stars an American actor , Charles Southwood and a Spanish , Julián Mateos , being shot in Almeria , as usual
Fun Western about two drifters who team up to steal three golden coins ; both of whom carry out several adventures , saloon brawls , shootouts and resolve conflicts among nasty robbers that want to take a treasure . Entertaining Spaghetti Western dealing with a greedy mouse-and cat game to take valuable coins in which there are inscriptions to locate the hidden treasure . As a few people are on the search of three one Dollar coins with numbers that show where a Confederate treasure is buried . Alan Burton (Charles Southwood) accused for a crime is jailed in prison , there meets a cellmate , the Mexican Hondo (Julian Mateos). The bandits break out and join forces themselves to discover it and they are frequently fist fighting , and disputing against the nasty El Condor (Mirko Ellis) to keep the treasure for themselves . There are three coins , one of them owns the villain El Condor , another stays guarded at a bank safe box and the third was taken by Burton to a Southern Major in Stagecoach (Guillermo Méndez) . Burton and Hondo become good colleagues , but they cannot get along peacefully . Meantime , a beautiful Posada girl called Juana helps both drifters and plays both sides against each other . El Condor and his henchmen attempt to rob a bank , but he and his cohorts foil the planned robbery . Along the way our two not so upright heroes rob the robbers but, needless to say, Burton get distracted by the gorgeous Saloon girl .

Passable Spaghetti Western about a simple and plain plot , as two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure . As duo protagonist take on a sadistic crime boss , and his black-dressed hoodlums , who attempt to find the Army treasure . This movie is a bawdy , plenty of action Western , not the dark and vengeful kind one might expect from a typical Spaghetti , being more a story of ambition than vengeance . The comic relief in charge of Julian Mateos who gives his role a sympathetic and charming tone , as the humor misses in a couple of parts , but works pretty well in general if you recognize this as a light-hearted film . The story is one of those in which everyone double crosses one another in the search for gold , as a great number of betrayals while hunting the fabulous treasure . It is typical , but engaging and fun . There is a twist at the end , but I saw it coming about 10 minutes into the movie .

This is a serviceable Spaghetti which doesn't take itself too seriously . This good natured spaghetti packing some diverting elements , thrills , shoo'em up , go riding throughout the wonderful Almerian landscapes and results to be quite entertaining . The acting seems about average for a Eurowestern . It stars Charles Southwood , an American who emigrated to Italy and developed a brief career , mostly Pasta Western as ¨Sartana , trades your pistol for a coffin¨ , ¨Roy Colt and Winchester Jack¨ , ¨Gringo, pray to die¨, "Heads I Kill You, Tails You're Dead! They Call Me Hallalujah" . Co-stars Julian Mateos , a famed Spanish actor who played some American/Italian/Spaniard Westerns as ¨Return of the Magnificent Seven¨, ¨Catlow¨, ¨Shalako¨, ¨Four rode out¨, ¨Hellbenders¨. And Alida Chelli is beautiful as Juana , and as well as being so nice to look at . Mirko Ellis steals the show by doing the best acting out of the entire cast, as a villainous killer who goes church , prays , confesses and worships Virgen Del Pilar , as well as torturing contenders by means of Chinese tortures . The film is full of gun-play and fistfight among Charles Southwood , Julián Mateos , Mirko Ellis over who will take the treasure . Support cast is decent with familiar faces : Ivano Staccioli , Guillermo Méndez , Lorenzo Robledo .

This is a slightly funny film with entertaining as well as bewildering events , craziness , twists and lots of fun . There are pursuits , stagecoach attacks , crossfire , fights , heinous cutthroats , and many others things . It's a so-so Western All'Italiana including amusing dialogue , eccentric situations , and turns . Filmmaker often uses disconcerting and twisted incidents to give us a passable movie plenty of violent as well as absurd happenings ; and that , at least , kept me entertained for the almost half an hour of duration . Atmospheric cinematography by Aldo Giordani in Technicolor , Techniscope , though a perfect remastering being necessary . The music score by Carlo Rustichelli is great , including a catching song titled : Where is my fortune ? . The orchestra , trumpets, and guitar music set the proper tone for a western. The motion picture was uneven but professionally directed by Mario Amendola , under pseudonym of Irving Jacobs , though it has flaws and gaps . He was born in Liguria and died in Rome, ¨Lazio¨ where he shot some Westerns . Mario was a prolific writer and director, especially known for Par-Impar (1978), The great silence (1968) , A Friend Is a Treasure (1981). Mario wrote/directed all kinds of genres as Comedy : Pascualino Cammarata, Honeymoons Will Kill You , A Friend Is a Treasure, Banana Joe , Aladino , I'm Getting a Yacht , The Nights of Boccaccio ; Action : Squadra Antigangs , Squadra Antitruffa , The Cop in Blue Jeans , Africa Express , and Western as : Winchester Justice, Bandera Bandits , Terror of Oklahoma and this ¨Dai Nemeci Mi Guardo Yo¨ (1968) . Connoisseurs of the spaghetti western should see it at least once . That having been said, this film is still lots of fun to watch, especially if you are a spaghetti western fan.

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