Hey Amigo! A Toast to Your Death / Ehi amigo … sei morto! (Paolo Bianchini, 1970)

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Very nice little surprise from the director of I Want Him Dead and Machine Gun Killers. A cheap film, but made with craftmanshap. Really one more about atmosphere than anything else. The plot is not so special, but the execution is. Wayde Preston does alright as the hero (of sorts), and Marco Zuanelli makes a good sidekick but Aldo Berto is most memorable as the psycho sexual bad guy.
It’s a pretty moody flick, apart from the mild comic relief provided by Zuanelli. The song “Hey Amigo, Your Dead” sung by Don Powell is a good one.
The version I saw was of a widescreen Italian television broadcast. No subtitles, but they’re not really needed anyway.
Beware of the synopsis on the database entry page. It contains spoilers.

Didn’t care for this very much when I first saw it, but you’ve prompted me to give it that all-important second viewing.

Nice. I listed this on my post about obscure westerns not available in English the other day, because they weren’t really talked about. I only previewed it, but it looked interesting.

One thing I wonder about though, is the length of many Italian and Spanish TV broadcasts. Many times they are only about 80 minutes long, so they could be cut.

Beware of the synopsis on the database entry page. It contains spoilers.

I have noted this before. Actually, the database is chock-full of spoilers. It could use a cleanup.

Just watched this one. Sounds like I watched the same version that the Lieutenant did, widescreen (but still a bit cropped) from Italian TV, no subtitles. It wasn’t too bad, good atmosphere, as the Lieutenant said, though I didn’t care for Preston much. The always reliable Marco Zuanelli, on the other hand, is very good. About what Durango said above: what is it really about these Italian TV prints that are only 80 minutes long? Are they all cut or do they just show really short SWs?

Very easy to follow story in this one. Preston is the man after some gold which has been robbed from the town he lives in. Preston does what is expected, but prefer the offbeat character he sort of teams up with. Nice empty type of feel in the towns, but like Bad Lieutenant says this one is about atmosphere.

About what Durango said above: what is it really about these Italian TV prints that are only 80 minutes long?

In fact, I’ve been told the Italian TV print is missing a few minutes, right at the beginning. Haven’t seen the extra footage myself.

Also, Spanish DVD and TV prints are often missing footage as well. What really sticks out is that Spanish prints generally leave out prolonged kissing scenes or similar ‘promiscuity’. Strange but true. Seen it in Dynamite Joe, Gunfighters of Casa Grande, and there’s of course the toned-down bathtub scene in Requiem for a Gringo.

Watched this one with English subs today and echo what has been said above.
Obviously very little budget to work with here but Bianchini is to be applauded for what he manages to eke out of it.
The mood is the key but also some good performances. Berti is the stand out for me.

The great majority of 80 minutes long Italian TV prints are cut, but this one - a film that as a whole I like very much despite the already mentioned budget limitations - is really a short SW (84 minutes).

That not particularly inspired scene was missing from an incomplete TV recording and refers to the introduction of El Loco and the nine bandits before the opening credits.

Watched this last night via an English dubbed screening copy, really liked it a lot. Constant action, lots of zooms and just really enjoyable spaghetti.

This one should really be fandubbed over to the Italian print, surprised someone hasn’t already done so

Just finished watching this via a recent fandubbed upgrade. Ok spaghie with a likeable Wayde Preston in the lead who’s after bandits for robbing a stagecoach of it’s gold. Some familiar faces in this, but found Marco Zuanelli kinda of annoying though.

Just viewed this one again via the widescreen english audio version mentioned above. Simple film, but loads of atmosphere. Alot of twangy guitar music reused from Dynamite Joe . A film just made before the big comedy explosion of Spaghetti westerns.

And here’s our Amigo, read the review before he’s dead!


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The 84 minutes running time is correct but there were cuts here and there*, so as is often the case a restoration from original camera negative would be desirable.

*part of the trough scene at the beginning
overhead shot of the rape
Doc’s head repeatedly slammed against the wooden wall
part of the fistfight with Black
Statement ‘‘è bello vedere bruciare il culo ai porci’’

What tomas would call ‘family friendly stuff’, in conclusion… :grin:

One Damned Day at Dawn…

Now I have no idea what that means, but I bet it must be very harsh statement and kids would go all clocwork orange on society if they heard it, so I’m glad they cut it out.

Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Yet another decent SW with no DVD release. The music is pretty good aswell.