Some of you apparently didn’t find Sergio Corbucci’s The Mercenary as “entertaining” as you perhaps were led to believe?
Franco Nero plays a very arrogant character, that is true, but this is also a part of how the story evolves, where Kowalski and Paco first parts company and then meets up again for the final settling of accounts.
Anyway to me this is one of the best SWs with an interesting fast moving script, decent budget, a fine cast (even if you could have replaced Musante with Milian), stylish direction by Corbucci and a top notch score by Morricone!
This sub-genre of political spaghettis is maybe the most interesting variation of the SW formula that emerged, and had it’s roots in the political turbulence of the 60s and 70s.
How many of these were made and what do we think of them? The erlier ones were pretty serious but as time went by the emphasis shifted to comedy.
These are the ones I can think of right now:
Quien Sabe, Big Gundown, Face To Face, Run Man Run, Mercenary, Companeros, What am I doing in the Middle of a Revolution, Viva La Muerte…Tua!, Duck You Sucker, Tepepa.
I have probably forgotten one or two, and I didn’t include Eurowestern Viva Maria