SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL
This film has nothing to do with the very popular Sartana character sw fans know and love. Garko plays a character named Sartana but he is not the same mystical gambler most fans are familiar with. The name was borrowed to cash in on the success of the Sartana series. In fact the italian title (“un par de asesiones”) shows no mention of Sartana at all. The culprit of this hijacking is the American or English distributors.
Gianni Garko stars as a low down thieving bandit named Sartana (Looking more like a hatless Davy Crokett than the black clad gambler/avenger) who is searching for $100,000 worth of loot along with his less than trustworthy mexican pal Marcos.
Both bandits are being relentlessly chased by a sheriff and his deputies. Along the way our “heroes” meet up with an unsavory but good looking woman who wants to be apart of the gang. A relationship developes between the girl and Sartana (or so we think). Marcos becomes increasingly jealous of the pairing and the movie begins to hint that Sartana and Marcos will not be partners for long.
That is the best I could do with the plot because honestly there is way more going on. The movie has several sub-plots (some get resolved and some don’t), it’s usually just to add a bit of action in between the main plot.
The best of these sub-plots is undoubtably about a family gang of murderous scum named “The Kirbies”. Father Kirby and his four dim-witted, but deadly, sons hijack a stagecoach and stow away the passengers in an abandoned barn house where they happily murder them all. The Kirbies later run into Sartana and co. and a suspenseful confrontation ensues.
Towards the end things get a little farcical with stupid sight gags but all of that is forgiven by this reviewer. I had a hell of a time watching something I expected very little from.
Non-stop action, a good score*, sleazy sexual tension and fun characters make this spaghetti worth a few looks.
*The main theme is VERY catchy and the whole soundtrack is well put together.