Viva Zalata (1976)

Adventure, Comedy, Romance


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Zalata escapes from Egypt after divorcing his four wives and moves to a fictional town called Texico where he becomes a dangerous outlaw and later its governor. After he shoots the leader ... See full summary »


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Director:

Hassan Hafez

Writer:

Anwar Abdalla

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13 February 2016 | adrianswingler
7
| Worth Your Time if You Love Spaghetti Westerns!
Produced by and starring Fouad al-Mohandis, directed by Hassan Hafez and written by Anwar Abdallah, and featuring the popular Egyptian actress Shwikar, the movie tanked at the box office. I can find no information on the director. The movie is pretty much Spaghetti Western comedy/Bollywood...done by Egyptians acting like Mexicans. Fouad el-Mohandes is a legend of the Egyptian screen with a LOT of movies to his credit. Shwikar is his wife (in real life). This was near the end of his career and I get the idea it's a "Hey, I'm going to make my own this time and do it how I want it done". Many, many, many of those kind of projects did much worse than this one did.

And it actually works. Make no mistake, it's very much B-movie fare, but there are very few that take on Spaghetti Westerns as comedy and end up with something that's actually worth watching. It's got a solid story for such a light-weight movie. Pretty good sets, some nice extemporaneous touches a la Touche Pas a la Femme Blanche, and EVERY stereotype you will ever see in a SW.

So, it's one of the more interesting "also rans" of the genre. How often are you going to get the chance to see a SW that's that different...and it pretty much works? From a director that you've never heard of? And those Egyptians don't make bad Mexicans. :-)

I don't know what's available vis a vis releases. It's not easy to find. Mine was in Arabic with French subtitles hard coded. If you're even semi-proficient in French you will have no trouble. It's very simple and straight-forward dialog with the action carrying most of the humor as opposed to arcane puns and such.

I'm giving it a seven because I'm as likely to watch it again as the ones I give a seven to. Your mileage may vary, but for fans of the genre, I can't imagine being disappointed (unless you don't know French :-( ). The 5/10 it has on here is *definitely* too low. On every level it's better than that. I was glad I'd seen it. I'll remember it a lot longer than the n+1th Sartana knock-off.

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Genres

Adventure | Comedy | Romance | Western

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Release Date:

24 May 1976

Language

Arabic, English


Country of Origin

Egypt

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