The highlights of the movie are definitely Horst Frank and George Eastman. Both are very solid in their roles. IMO this one is above average but not among the better SW. The plot is just too weak. The bad guys are shining too much and the Hero isn’t really interesting.
It’s quite interesting to see Gladiator Fights in a SW but there should have been some more. Something other kept my attention too. In the background of the Hanging Scene of George Eastman you can see something like a Castle. This place reminds me on some scenes of Johnny Hamlet. So maybe it’s the same place.
Isn’t it strange too that Eastman’s Character should be hanged outside of the town somewhere in the woods? But ok it’s much easier to free him there.
Nicoletta Machiavelli had a strange Name: Peggy Savalas (Maybe a reference to Telly Savalas?). Somehow she didn’t seems to be very happy through the whole movie.
I liked the opening credit with the newspaper and showing some scenes in black/white of the movie. Baldi is an interesting Director too because all his SW have a different look. Hate your neighbour is quite different to Texas Addio, Blindman, Forgotten Pistolero or Viva Django!
I watched the new Koch Media DVD which offers good quality (and English Audio) as usual. I’m not a fan of the 4:3 aspect ratio but I can live with that. On the DVD there was a nice featurette with Fernando Baldi and George Eastman.