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Here's my synopsis of A Bullet For Sandoval. It is the only one I could get to this weekend. It corrects the inaccuracies in the one currently up and makes the film appear interesting without giving anything away.
Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
Confederate corporal John Warner deserts on the eve of a decisive battle that takes place in the border region of the American southwest during the Civil War. He has received word that while away the woman he loves, the daughter of the proud and powerful Don Pedro Sandoval, has given birth to a son but has fallen gravely ill. Rosa, Don Pedro's daughter, and Warner had defied the powerful Don in their union and had not been permitted to marry. Warner must reach Rosa to save her honor and more. In route Warner is captured as a deserter but escapes, taking with him two others. When they reach their destination they find the border town in the midst of a deadly cholera epidemic. Warner confronts Don Pedro Sandoval but finds that Rosa has died before he could arrive. Each man blames the other for her death. Despite his rage and out of respect for his daughter's memory, Sandoval allows Warner to leave but banishes him along with the infant child.
The fear of cholera has spread and Warner can get no food or assistance for his newborn and it perishes to his great despair. Warner undergoes a dramatic transformation from a simple and hopeful man to one who is driven, and sometimes deranged, in his pursuit of revenge. With his fellow deserters as a core, he assembles a gang of cutthroats that raid and pillage throughout.
When Warner and Sandoval have their inevitable final confrontation they fall together into a pen holding a raging bull. Along with the bull, the fight becomes a three way confrontation that only two survive. The last act takes place with the surviving gang members at the center of a bull fighting corrida in perhaps the the ultimate expression of the Spaghetti western motif of the circular duel as final confrontation.
This pessimistic film in which mercy has no part stars George Hilton as John Warner. Hilton shrugs off any semblance of the humor and lightheartedness that characterize many of his other genre performances. Ernest Borgnine is the iron willed and proud Don Pedro Sandoval. Two fine genre actors provide strong performances as members of Warner's gang, Alberto De Mendoza as "Lucky Boy" and Leo Anchoriz as a church cleric who has strayed mightily.
Containing a number of brutal scenes (including one in which a man is drowned in a bucket of milk) this film takes the revenge theme so common to Spaghettis to its fullest and darkest conclusion.