Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Spaghetti Western Review
As far as I know, this one never got a release in the USA. It's got a great score (used often in commercials), good action, and kind of a soap-opera plot, but the actors do a good job and production values and sets are top notch. Leonard Mann and Peter Martell play two young gunmen who share a tragic past; childhood friends, they were separated when Mann's father was killed by his mother's lover. He was spirited away by a faithful servant while his sister (the lovely Pilar Velazquez) remained to be raised by the two murderous lovers. Rafael ( a brooding Martel, very good here), childhood friend and servant also remains, but is practically a prisoner of the household until he grows up and escapes, searching for the missing Sebastian. The evil Pierro Lulli is sent to bring him back. Complications ensue. This one has a bit more heart than most spaghetti westerns, and if you are a fan of the genre, you'll enjoy it. It's certainly one of my favorites! Also on this excellent Wild East release is THE UNHOLY FOUR aka Chuck Mull, so it's a terrific bargain!