BURY THEM DEEP
Captain Clive Norton (Craig Hill) is appointed, by his superior officer, to track down and retrieve gold that was stolen from an army convoy by the bandit Billy 'The Gun' (Giovanni Cianfriglia alias Ken Wood). Norton requests the partnership of tracker Chaleco Hunter (Etorre Manni) to aid him in his mission but is denied due to Hunter being court marshalled and sentenced to hang for war crimes. Not too surprisingly, Norton goes against his superior's wishes and rescues Chaleco during his execution ceremony and the two set out to seek out Billy 'The Gun' and get back the stolen gold.
This spaghetti outing is entertaining but it tends to frustrate all too often. There are far too many scenes of characters (mostly the two protagonists) riding around on horseback for several minutes at a time. No dialogue exchanges are present during these segments and to add insult to injury we're subjected to irritating marching music as the characters take their time to ride off frame.
Another thing that bothers me is after saving Chaleco, Norton doesn't reveal who he wants tracked down. He deliberately withholds the information for no apparent reason at all, allowing a long and pointless segment of an uninterested Chaleco trying to escape from the Captain's rifle range. Eventually Norton does reveal that they are after Billy 'The Gun', a man Chaleco has some personal beef with. One wonders why Cap'n Norton didn't just tell Chaleco who they were after in the first place? It would have saved him the hassle of Chaleco trying to ditch him.
In its defense, every one thing it does wrong it does two things right.
There is a good amount of action in the film. Plenty of shootouts and poorly choreographed fist fights (ya know? The usual stuff). There is even an extensive knife fight which is, shamefully, a rare occurence in these movies.
Craig Hill does his usual posturing, Manni plays the standard "less than trustworthy side-kick" and Cianfriglia plays a pretty formidable bad guy but it's the stuntmen that really steal the show here. Those guys were great! There is a whole scene dedicated to stunt work (town massacre) and the stuntmen pull no punches. Diving off here, falling there. Great stuff!
The music is pleasent but there isn't one tune you'll remember after ejecting the movie from your player.
Fanboys with sharp eyes will recognize Spaghetti regulars Jose Torres and Lorenzo Robledo in crowd scenes.
They each have split second screen time. Very unusual.
Note Italian db states that it has an 88 minute running time.
My copy runs a total of 93 minutes.