Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spaghetti Western Review


Chuck Connors stars in KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE!, not to be confused with GO KILL AND COME BACK by the same director. He's assigned, along with his hand-picked team, to make off with a huge sum of Yankee dollars from an impregnable fort, to thwart the Union buying weapons to defeat the south, Connors' employers. Among his team, the usual: a knife thrower, dynamite expert, the Kid, the strongman. Along for the ride is the Captain (Frank Wolff) who dreamed up the whole scheme. The expected treachery occurs and when the dust settles not too many of the characters are still around to divvy up the loot. Connors is very good in this, although he was never, as one of the prints in the poster gallery boast THE SUPREME American ACTION STAR! Most of the team is played by stuntmen like Ken Wood and Alberto Dell'Acqua and seeing them leap and tumble is part of the fun. Nicely produced, with sweeping panoramas of the Spanish countryside, and with a great score by Francesco de Masi, this one is a lot of fun and one of the best. The Wild East version is widescreen and in English for the first time, and has an interview with Ken Wood that reveals many interesting facts about the Italian cinema of the 60s and 70s

2 comments:

  1. Right on BHC. This film is almost non-stop action. Thankfully the actors do have some dialogue so the viewer gets a chance to catch his breath before the action starts again. The Wild East print is great and the interview with Ken Wood is one of the best. Somebody yelled roll 'em and turned Ken loose. A must for all Spaghetti Western collectors.

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  2. KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE is just a rollicking joyride of an Italian Western! The film is cool and Wild East's DVD release is a must-have.

    I only have one quibble with the film.
    I find it hilarious that our guys are hiding in a water wagon to access the impenetrable fort. The fort is, we are told, in desperate need of water; so, our gang's ploy is foolproof! Yet, when they get to the fort...the damn thing is built around a pond!!

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