Watched this last night, but this time it was the version with Iris Mediaset logo burnt in bottom right (as opposed to the previously seen Australian TV version).
Although it was far better pic quality, it was very jerky, but I stuck with it… cos this is a goodie
Great music - the song (who by? Raoul?); moody ambient guitary-plunky stuff (slightly reminiscent of Stranger in Town, but not quite as hypnotically good); and some 1960s chanteussy stuff that make the soppy flashbacks bearable - so a mixed bag of stuff and all rather wonderful. And over 7 minutes til someone opens their gob to speak - and that’s how I like 'em - nice and sparce.
Gilbert Roland has the shiniest boots in spaghettidom and plays a sort of older, wiser, Col. Mortimer-ish role here - playing with and against the younger gunslinger in an uneasy shared alliance - even mimicing the FAFDM game-playing silliness - but with whiskey food and cigars, as well as Gilbert’s shiny boots 8) - but no hats.
And I was reminded of a warped FAFDM yet again for the final duel, which this time has the ‘father figure’ Roland as the mediator who evens the score between Elam and Martin - rather than the younger man playing that role in the earlier film.
The bit of “continuity error” in the form of the roof fall stunt, (as mentioned in the preamble on the Aussie version), looked extremely painful, and is something I remembered from my initial viewing many a year ago. That’s an Ouch! :o
As mentioned - the atmosphere that permeates this simple tale (with some unresolved and lost subplots) is magnificently spaghetti-esque - flavoured as it is with thick dollops of a sweaty bitter sauce, garnished with stubbed out cigars and an unhealthy spattering of revenge.
Alternative Top 20 for sure and 4 globs out of 5.