Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)

(Toscano) #232

I’ve made no secret of always placing NAVAJO JOE’ in my top 15…cool film, great hair-piece (Reynold’s)…a superlative bad guy played by the ever reliable Aldo Sambrell… and the icing on the top with the iconic-like ‘Morricone’ score…‘AHHHHHHH…’

(morgan) #233

Watched this as a SpagvemberFest film and liked it more this time than the first time. Good opening and good film for Aldo Sambrell and Nicoletta Machiavelli.

Still it, in my opinion, it falls short of what it could have been. The casting of Reynolds as Navajo Joe is not fortunate, neither of them seems happy with the other. The score is left hand work by Morricone. It suffers from sloppy work in the writing department (a story that doesn’t take it all out and also seems to have been used for target practicing and a poor script).

(Michael Baker) #234

I have to agree. I was disappointed with the film, perhaps even more so because it is knocking on the door of the top 20 on the database and had high expectations, but it doesn’t feature anywhere near for me.

(JonathanCorbett) #235

Just to avoid any misunderstandings: the alias is Josani/Iosani, not vice versa.

(Martin) #236

The short biography provided as description of a stock image of Sani on is quite funny – “Vultures in Time,” “God Forgive Me Not” and “Navajo Ioni” are listed as films she appeared in.

(YourPallbearer) #237

But I hope this widescreen print has the correct audio. What I mean by that is on the Fullscreen VHS copy, (In the opening scene) The Indian-howling heard at the beginning of Morricone’s title track is extended by about 5 seconds. Perfectly matching the opening guitar-lick to the main title of the movie.

is that ^ how it should go?


The Morricone music is in my opinion the best with this SW, and the mystery of exactly WHERE the ESPERANZA train station was located is the most fascinating thing…

(Novecento) #239

Providing it’s timed correctly during the intro sequence…

(autephex) #240

I don’t know who this Morricone guy is, but Leo Nichols did an excellent job on this soundtrack IMO

Just gave my LP a much needed cleaning and giving it a play now


Morricone used the more English-sounding pseudonyme Leo Nichols in some of the early Spaghetti-westerns, as even many other contributors to the genre did in those days.

(autephex) #242

I mean, how can you not love this:


Yes, from 2.55 is the very fine Navajo Joe main theme, but before that I do recognize it as another extremely good Morricone composition but I can’t remember now where from. If that part before 2.55 also is from Navajo Joe I have really missed something from that movie. I think some of it reminds of The Big Gundown soundtrack which I have as a CD.

(autephex) #244

Its well known from Tarantino’s usage in Kill Bill


Yes, but has Morricone originally composed the first part for Kill Bill, or for another movie long before that ? Partly definitely for Navajo Joe after 2.55, but the part before that sounds also well known even if I do not know exactly from where and I haven’t seen Kill Bill.

(autephex) #246

No, that is a song composed for Navajo Joe and on the OST - the title is “The Demise of Barbara, and the return of Joe”


Yes I found that theme here also

Obviously I haven’t seen the whole movie suffiently for remembering but I think this solemn beautiful theme isn’t used that often in the movie at least not as often as the also very fine main theme. Morricone is extremely versalite and can compose in so many styles.


Re-watched this one for the first time in years the other night. Bloody great film.


So we know the Koch blu-ray cocked up the music sync in the intro. What about the Kino/88 discs? Or any other release for that matter?

(Sebastian) #250

We should have an overview table :slight_smile: but depends on the audio track…


88 films blu-ray has not that guitar playing synched. Guitar starts to play, when the hat is very big on the screen. 88 films blu-ray has english subtitles.