More Dollars for the McGregors / La muerte busca un hombre (José Luis Merino, 1970)

3 years since I’d last seen this according to my views given on the previous page, and Tomas’ excellent review 8) put me in mind for another viewing…

I loved the opening song and the intriguing double cross to start got me in the zone…
But, I didn’t enjoy the revisit quite as much as having seen it with virgin eyes.
I think the first viewing was so enjoyable because it gave me no idea how things were gonna pan out - so steeped in weirdness is it… although it still entertained this time, but lacked the surprise elements that so enhanced it’s original view.
So - overall, a pretty badly made film with wolf-loops and scorpions. It’s gotta be seen though, but maybe only twice :wink:

Half marks this time - rounded up for the hippy-trippy girls.

Hmm there is a problem just with me or some scenes of this movie were too dark? (I couldn’t see what was going on)

Not sure. But I do remember some dark scenes…I just turned the brightness up on my T.V for those scenes.

Thanks, btw I don’t know what to think about this movie.

Plot is really confusing, because there is first character then he disappears, after twenty minutes there is second character and it takes a lot of time to find out who is the protagonist and who is the bad guy.

Story isn’t bad but episodic structure doesn’t help to make it more interesting.

It is definitely not your typical spag but I wouldn’t rank it even among my Top 50.

I go further: Top 200 material? Hmm, not sure, I have to say quite honestly… :wink:

Liked the first half of the film more than the second. I don’t mind unusual spaghettis but the weirdness felt a bit out of place after watching what appeared to be a standard bounty hunting spaghetti. I’d probably give it 3/5 as I did enjoy it. It just doesn’t quite make a four star rating for me but I will have to watch it again. Like Ennioo, I didn’t like the hippy Indians.

I went in to this movie with almost no expectations and really enjoyed it. It had some really brutal characters–George Forsythe not the least of them–and the narrative shift from Forsythe to McGregor was a really interesting one. I mostly agree with Tomas Knapko’s review of the film, particularly in regards to the less than stellar soundtrack and the excellence of the Steward gun practice scene. Not the most technically well done western, but definitely resonated with me.

As an aside, I’ve not seen any of the other MacGregor films but I’m guessing it has nothing to do with the other films and the name was just a cash grab. Especially since they used a different spelling of the last name.

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You are correct. No connection whatever there

I watched it on Youtube on the TV screen this evening, since I have understood from this thread that it is not a comedy (but I don’t know why I before had dismissed this film in my selection process).

More Dollars for the McGregors felt slightly odd i.e. loose in the structure especially the first hour or so, but looked good (also because of locations at Colmenar Viejo and a surprisingly well conditioned western town there - which later disappeared replaced by a Spanish military establishment).

The last half hour or so seemed more interesting or at least more straight forward. The music was more tolerable then, even if it was due to the hippie indian atmosphere. The two bounty hunters were OK. The blond bad guy in the later stages reminded in character of an El Puro type villain, for example Gipsy but less interesting.

I wouldn’t call this a gem at all now (which is more appropriate IMO for the other “indian flavored” SW I have watched recently - Blood River (7/10) - which has a more exciting dramatic plot - and much better music).

But maybe it will be good enough for me later on to get a decent DVD, hoping for a future possible 6/10 rating. Right now I have more mixed feelings (which often get better after a second or third watching).


not a comedy

One of the reasons why I’ve held off on the “official” MacGregor films is that I don’t care for SW comedies either.

Hippie Indian atmopshere

Yeah the hippie atmosphere seemed a little out of place. I can’t say I loved it, but it did lend the movie a strange atmosphere which was nice to see.

HAH, figured. Weird choice to borrow the name of a comedy series when this one is so grim.

Interesting, for me the other way round. This one here is indeed a little gem, but Blood River (aka Ten White Victims of the Little Indian) I remember as an amateurishly directed and acted mediocrity which was mostly boring. 3/10
Checking the film’s thread reviews are quite positive, maybe I should re-watch it?

It is obviously a question of taste, so Blood River may appear amateurish (and indeed could be so in one or more respects - I am no expert to judge that of course) but the mood, music and unusual story together compensate more than enough for that IMO. It is even much more “melodramatic” than the Forgotten Pistolero (also 7/10) which is a more of a common type of, still family dramatic, SW.

I guess Blood River is only available in rather poor image quality (at least on disc) which may affect your opinion negatively if there is another more justified complaint.

More Dollars for the McGregors obviously can be watched with much better image quality, but in my case it is less interesting anyhow - but not bad at all IMO - more regular in visual style but maybe not in plot (but of course more regular than Blood River regarding the plot).

Picture quality does not influence my opinions about a film in the slightest. A complete false aspect ratio (1,33:1 instead of 2,35:1) is also not much of an problem.

Actually I even think the quality of my copy was not that bad.

But generally Baldanello was a weak director, even is best Black Jack is impaired by his unimaginative directing, and directing and storytelling has for me a lot to do with the entertainment factor of films.