Yes never came across this one, my versions were only in Spanish audio (no Italian), cut version you name it. Now it was the time.
When you have a small budget to do a western spaghetti, what’s the best way to go, well a not much different way from El Puro.
First you got yourself some recycled Morricone music to create the right environment, then a once famous pistolero down on his luck, stuck at the bottle with no other reason to live than his prostitute girlfriend, after that a band of outlaws/bounty hunters, with everyone of them being a basket case one more weird than the other, with a real cruel leader named Gypsy, mixed that with a Mexican helping hand Jose Calvo style, some revenge, and even some gay innuendo or more, and you got a simple but effective SW nice to watch, at least for guys like us.
In this case being a slow film helps to preserve the right mood, also liked the acting Woods is very good as the reluctant hero, but specially Marc Fiorini as the Gypsy, a very good SW character. The female characters are also first rate, and if Neri is a normal face, was surprise to see anme like Lisa Seagram a regualr US actress in this film, maybe she had some connection with Woods, just guessing.
So good pace the right mood, correct SW style, maybe only one or two scenes a bit long, for some reason the film reminded me of Ghost Dog the way of the samurai with Forrest Whitaker, can’t really explain why. Usually the Italian titles are very good, but not in this case, on the other hand the Spanish title is pretty cool. Both in Spanish and Portuguese El Puro/O Puro means pure, in the sense of purity, immaculate etc, but in Spanish also refers to a cigar (the goods ones at least or the pure ones), and that’s why the tittle cause Woods has always with one on his mouths so the nickname
Clearly enjoyed this effort made cheap but in the correct way, a more than decent SW, that really should a have proper released