I remember the first time I saw this film at the movies in the late sixties I thought it disastrously bad, mainly due to John Phillip Law. Today I think better of it. Watched it again the other night, this time with an Italian audio. The Italian dub actually makes Law a lot of good. Four stars.
My main objection nowadays is as to the ending. Our two protagonists urges a whole Mexican village, terrorized by Walcott’s gang, to stand up against him, arming and instructing them like in Seven Samurai, just to desert them when the going is getting tough, leaving the brave men of El Viento to be slaughtered to a man by Walcott’s men. And there is nothing more to it! I really don’t know. It is hard to believe that Vincenzoni even wrote this.
And why does it always have to be a shooting practice scene? Bill must have spent a week arranging his training ground, just to shoot everything to pieces in sixty seconds, then one more day to clean up the mess. Moreover, I always think that you cannot fire more than six rounds from a six-shooter without reloading, certainly not eleven, as during this particular shooting practice session.
Van Cleef once again pitted against Luigi Pistilli is a treat, Lee greeting Luigi with: “You have changed your old clothes, haven’t you? But you still haven’t been able to change your face. You still got that meanest-looking face I ever did see. And I’ve seen some mean faces.”