Well! What a goodie!! 8)
I've had this for a while and thought that I may have previously seen it... but must've been confused by its, all the right words (but not necessarily in the right order), generic title.
I think the real reason I hadn't watched this though was because of being put off by its poorish quality soft vid-rip print (although I've seen worse).
I loved this movie from the start - from when the girl (Daniela Gordano) comes home to find her murdered family, chooses her hat - and takes off on an adventure - with a bunch of paperwork, that had been undiscovered by the baddies, stuffed up the chimney.
PLL and his friend wear the biggest coats it spaghettidom, and PLL plays a guitar and sings a song for a lost (but not for long though) love.
This had just about everything we'd want in a traditional spaghetti-sense including gun trafficking; dynamite; a potential goldmine; a beautiful femme fatale (in the form of Evelyn Stewart); ... but also included were those quirks that can (if not too camped-up) make a good spag even better. Included in this offering was a magnificent huge fake cactus; a bit of snow; an innapropriate sixties-stylee euro pop song, which is sung in the bar of the hotel by the unfaithful waitress wife/mother wannabee to a doctor playing a pipe organ (with jazz-pop funky accompaniament)...
There's more.... a baddy suitably earringed-up and sporting an eyepatch who's in the pay of a despicable French arch-villain; a beautiful bare-arse :o belonging to the mexi-maid (worthy of the 'Nudity' thread); a bit of girl-slap-girl action; a midget; and the wolf-loop.
This is a well shot and managed film, much of it shot within the aforementioned hotel and relying on the interaction and double-crossing of the various characters - a bit in the style of Shoot the Living or Quinto - Fighting Proud.
It'sgot a rather inplausable story - that leads PLL to meet again his old flame - but I went along for the ride, and was entertained by the fine performances and the double-dealing sub-texts - and although this (thankfully) is not played at all for laughs, it smeared a grin across my face for much of it.
When Evelyn produced a threatening riding crop at one point I moistened slightly : and dared to hope for more... at least an inclusion in the "Whip it..." thread.... but alas both me and Frenchie were sadly let down on this.
PLL and the cast are damn good, but Evelyn (despite her lack of whip-action) is forgiven and puts in a great performance... my favourite since Garrone's No Graves on Boot Hill.
A bit of a gem really. God, I'd like to watch a better version of this!
Does anybody know of a better version than my soft focus Spanish(?) subbed vid-rip?
I've given it an easy four stars despite it's short comings. It's a proper spaghetti - low budget; lots of cliches; some plotholes; but with that summat extra - for some reason I'm in mind of Duel in the Eclipse - not in story of course, but for having that spaghetti quirkiness 'feel'.
4 stars - (who knows if Evelyn had used that whip in anger though!)