Gotta agree with the general sentiment, this one’s a gem! It’s the kind of flick that gets me all excited and joyful afterwards, because of how much I liked it and because of how much I didn’t expect to like it to that degree. I feel like telling everybody about it. The particular atmosphere of the movie is definitively one of it’s highlight and not only that, but I also agree that it is quite well-directed and photographed - the dimly-light poker scene comes to mind immediately. Full of memorable characters, scenes, costumes and locations and a score that fits like a glove (excepts for a few moments). I was kind of afraid the movie would go downhill after the stellar beginning (up to Forsythe’s revenge on Saxon), but it managed to keep up the momentum. So many aspects and little details I loved : that striking shot where the sands looks blue (was that even voluntary? not important, I guess), the cold-blooded anti-hero who’s got no qualm about shooting a tied-up man, the poker game killing, the inn keeper who just doesn’t care about PLL getting is ass kicked, just like he didn’t care about the inn getting trashed, the power relations between Yuma and Ross and his men, Ross’ addictions, his relationship with the other Indian girl, the fact that Ross’ men are afraid of Forsythe, Ross going to deal directly with Forsythe and the subsequent series of betrayals, the unexpected romantic ending, PLL’s outfit and gloves, etc. Only one thing that I’m still not sure about, the fact that PLL is driven by revenge too. It came a bit out of nowhere, but that’s not my problem, I’m just ambivalent about it, there’s so many revenge spags out there and I was glad this one didn’t play too much with that card, but then again the ending was kind of fitting and the romantic side wouldn’t have worked as well without the emotion behind those last moments. My first Peter Lee Lawrence film, I liked him fine. And it’s nice to finally see what Dan van Husen looks like, kept seeing his name pop up in films recently without being able to find who he was playing.
On a final note, makes me want to give Duel in the Eclipse another chance.
Kowalski and Paco?
Oh, and anybody knows what Quiney’s character was holding in the end? I couldn’t make that out.