14 August 2015 | ma-cortes
This Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced by Itay/Spain contains thrills , shootouts , explosions and bits of campy and refreshing humor
Giuseppe Rosati's Western with brief touches of parody is packed with noisy action and silly humor . A very funny Western about some valiant soldiers who attempt to retrieve a shipment and rescue a damsel in distress . Italian-Spanish co-production by Horse S.A . and Plata S.A. Productions , full of action , exaggerated characters , crossfire and lots of humor . This Spaghetti Western concerns about robbing a valuable arms shipment . The thieves result to be some rebel Mexicans led by Angelo Sanchez (Simón Andreu) . Captain Chadwell (Stephen Boyd) , Lieutenant Junger (Howard Ross) and Corp. Washington Smith (Harry Baird) are sent by a Major (Daniele Vargas) to help their colleagues of Fort Apache to recover stolen weapons . A roguish bounty hunter called Korano (Gianni Garko) accompanies them . All of them team up as four unlikely heroes . This is a surprisingly low-key Spaghetti Western in which four diverse characters joining forces to find crazy General Mueller (Alfredo Mayo) , save a kidnapped lady (Teresa Gimpera) and retrieve a rescue .
Acceptable S.W. with comical and ironical elements about a relentless as well as exciting pursuit carried out by four peculiar characters set against spectacular scenery of Almeria . The film mingles noisy action , chases , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing shootouts , fights or stunts every few minutes . The dangerous assignment is set against stark environment , risked narrow passes , and hazardous trails . This Western is superior than subsequent Spaghetti entries because it displays stirring adventures , shot'em up , riding pursuits , some touches of humor with tongue-in-cheek and turns to be pretty amusing . The picture mingles violence , thrills , fights and it's fast moving and for that reason results to be entertaining . Fun screenplay full of twisted incidents and funny situations by Enrique Llovet and the same director Giuseppe Rosati . Here Gianni Garco or John Garko steals the show as Muslim Korano , he is very fine , he ravages the screen , he jumps , shoots , disguises , bounds and leaps , hit and run ; besides , he recites Coran sentences . Garco is well known by the mythic personage Sartana , but he also starred other offbeat Western characters such as ¨Holy Ghost¨, ¨Jonny Forest¨ and ¨Camposanto¨ . The usual featuring a fading Hollywood star to correspond ¨Stephen Boyd¨ , the notorious star of Ben Hur , who plays a sympathetic Captain ; Boyd performed a few Spaghettis such as ¨Massacre at Condor Pass¨, ¨A man called Noon¨ and Ana Coulder¨. Furthermore , it appears ordinary secondaries of Spaghetti/Paella Western as Spanish actors : Teresa Gimpera , Helga Line , Simon Andreu , Luis Gaspar as well as Italian players : Enzo Fiermonte , Romano Puppo , Daniele Vargas , Guido Lollobrigida , among others . Special mention for Alfredo Mayo playing a nutty General and Napoleon fan , in a really hilarious and excessive role
Excellent cameraman Godofredo Pacheco makes a magnificent photography showing barren outdoors, rocky defiles , dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun shot on desert of Tabernas , Almeria , Andalucia , Spain . As it displays a striking cinematography in Eastmancolor/Cromoscope with negative well processed . The musician Nino Fidenco creates a pretty good Spaghetti soundtrack , including catching sounds and attractive songs , being perfectly conducted by ordinary Dell Orso . Giuseppe Rosati 's direction is well crafted , here he's more cynical and humorous and less inclined toward grisly violence and packs too much action , but especially this thrilling Western contains broad comedy . Rosati wrote and directed a few films , most of them to belong the ¨Poliziotteschi genre¨ such as The Perfect Crime" , "The Left Hand of the Law" , "The Last Chance" , "Hot Stuff" . ¨Campa Carogna... la Taglia Cresce¨ also titled ¨Charge!¨ or ¨Those Dirty Dogs¨ results to be his only Spaghetti Western , in which he makes a decent work .