Good film. Bill sums it up. Would’ve been most logical to have killed ‘em all to start with - but then there wouldn’t have been a film.
Richard Harrison looks mean and moody, obviously upset as it’s becoming obvious he’s going a bit thin on top, and does his best ‘angry-eyes >:(’ face throughout. The fisticuffs go on too often and too long … e.g. Harrison’s character chases a bandito into a shed and the fellow hides around the corner and gives him a surprise kicking - then they tumble out again, and we’re treated to the very same antics again - you’d think he’d learn!
There’s plenty of colourful characters trapped from The Stagecoach of the Condemned - which is obviously the more suitable title, as it’s about one of the occupants of said stagecoach being on their way to testify against Bruno Corazzari’s gang, but being waylaid by Fernando Sancho (with an even more ridiculously small hat than Steffen sports elsewhere in spaghetti-land). In this respect (the indoor setting) the film is a little similar to Quinto : Fighting Proud or even more so like Shoot The Living , Pray For The Dead - with much of it being staged inside a waystation. Bruno gets his teeth into a good meaty role, yet again as a rapist murdering coyote, and laughs and snarls to good effect.
I’ll Forgive You Before I Kill You is the sillier title. There is a Reverend Green (a different fellah to the one that did it with Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory with a candlestick ;)) - but he don’t do much forgiving, and even less killing. Our Miss Scarlet in this is Erika Blanc in redhead mode, who’s gonna stand by her man (Harrison) - cowardly/reformed/damaged ex-gunslinger - that he is … However, their annoying brat of a son ain’t having none of it, and wants some action!
The moral(? :P) of the story seems to be that you ain’t gonna get much out of life (‘scept an end to it) just by being brave, as a couple of folk find out. Harrison’s character is forced to question and balance things - and allows him to play (as Bill says) one of his best roles - although One After Another beats this for me.
SOTC/IFYBIKY has its faults, but there are enjoyable performances from all the main characters, and some real tension, and these qualities make this a goody in the Rev’s book.
3 an’ a bit stars outa 5 - knock off the ‘bit’ for the annoying kid - an’ we got 3 star fare here amigos.