I’ve just watched the MGM UK copy, thanks to my new best amigo, the Col. Still a four-star film amongst spaghettis in my opinion, but for the first time, this situation with the villagers really stuck with me as one of the low points of the movie. I imagined a scene set 15 minutes after the ending where the village girl whom Bill saves in the bar comes back with the women and children and says, “WTF? After we dug him out of the dirt, this is the thanks we get?” At least, provided they can chase it down, they’ll get a significant life insurance payment from the overturned wagon.
I also wonder what happens to Bill after the movie’s ending. Does he return to his hometown to become a sheriff’s deputy? In a way, his situation is like that of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride: “You know, it’s very strange – I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Perhaps he too can become the Dread Pirate Roberts.