Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spaghetti Western Review


SHOTGUN 1968
There is something missing from this 1969 Italian oater. Tab Hunter is pretty good as Durango, an ex-sheriff whose dreams of marriage are shattered when his fiancé and her family are massacred during a robbery. His hunting down and killing the perpetrators should be more fun than it is; the film seems claustrophobic, as much of the action takes place in confined areas, including a warehouse for the final showdown. Erica Blanc is fine as Joanne, Durango's former girlfriend who owns a saloon (!) but she sings snatches of a terrible song at least twice. Either she's saddled with a terrible voice or her dubber is, for the monotone lyrics are cut away from as soon as possible. The great Peiro Lulli turns up as a villain, and Mimmo Palmara and other familiar faces fill the screen. The music is suitably spaghetti, with the blaring trumpets and guitar chords, but Hunter, a fine rider, looks ridiculous on the small horse he's given to ride early on, and the sexual hi-jinx late in the film seem juvenile and out of place. Overall, a film that MST3K would have had a blast mocking. Serious students of the genre will find much to enjoy here, but others beware!

2 comments:

  1. I recently had the chance to see this film for the first time---and I have to say that I think it is absolutely one of the worst Spaghetti Westerns I have ever seen.
    Even worse than most of Fidani's films!
    I think what was most frustrating about it is that Tab Hunter had great Spaghetti Western potential, but he is ill-used here. There were a couple of sequences that had promise (the hanging scene was interesting); but, nothing ever really paid off.
    Of course, I had to see this one at least once; but, I doubt that I will ever view it again.

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  2. Agree with both of you. The film doesn't work and Hunter like Audie Murphy in THE TEXICAN just doesn't fit in with the Italian and Spanish actors.

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