Sartana Kills Them All / Un par de asesinos (Rafael Romero Marchent, 1970) II


(scherpschutter) #1

http://fistfulofpasta.com/index.php?go=reviews/sartanakills

I agree with the review: an enjoyable genre entry

I don’t remember the last minutes, but I guess the confusion is due to the fact that it’s a late genre entry, and they didn’t know exactly were to go with it. Presumably the actors and director didn’t want to be too serious, but didn’t want to make a real slapstick SW either.

When I watched it, quite a few years ago, I thought I was going to watch a genuine Sartana … and thought I had rented the wrong movie!

That song ‘Ride along, ride along, hey amigo’ is really infectious : i’ve just watched the trailer and will be humming it for hours …


(CactusCharlie) #2

My version of this has German audio for the 1st 10 minutes or so., i found a download of it last year and lo & behold it was the same copy. >:(

Great western though, Garko was the best Sartana ever, it’s a pity he didn’t make more of them.


(lordradish) #3

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:1, topic:1122”]http://fistfulofpasta.com/index.php?go=reviews/sartanakills

I don’t remember the last minutes, but I guess the confusion is due to the fact that it’s a late genre entry, and they didn’t know exactly were to go with it. Presumably the actors and director didn’t want to be too serious, but didn’t want to make a real slapstick SW either.[/quote]

That confusion in the end you speak of is indeed the one failing of the movie for me. Seeing these best buds suddenly turn against each other and then shortly after forget anythign ever happened was just a bit too much of a stretch for me. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the movie otherwise. It didn’t fall into “comedy” territory for me; moreso a bit lighthearted. I definitely didn’t even think of it as a Sartana movie in any way.

It’ll be interesting to hear Col. Mortimer’s take on this. When I mentioned I was reviewing this, he told me he didn’t like it, because of the buddy aspect.


(Stanton) #4

BTW, this film was already discussed in it’s own thread

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/forum/index.php/topic,495.0.html

It’s a pretty violent and cynical SW, which contrasts with a slightly lighthearted touch, which makes some of the really malicious plot developments so surprising and shocking. Even more as these malicious parts are often presented with a time delay.

And yes, the lame end ruined it a bit. (And of course the terrible german comedy dub, which really kills the film)
With an interesting end it could had become a minor classic.


(scherpschutter) #5

I know, but I was commenting on JD’s review on the hosted site
I understand there’s a dilemma here: it’s up to Sebastian and JD (lordradish) to decide what to do and where to place reactions
(I’m far too young to make such decisions!)


(lordradish) #6
I understand there's a dilemma here: it's up to Sebastian and JD (lordradish) to decide what to do and where to place reactions.

Yes, that’s something I’d like Sebastian to chime in on and offer some guidance. It’s a good bet that most of the films we review at Fistful have their own thread here on the forum. I’d like to keep this board perhaps discussing our own reviews. I’m definitely interested as to whether or not people agree or disagree with our reviews, but I don’t want to cut into the SWDB’s territory or have a bunch of duplicate stuff here.

Sebastian… any ideas on the best way to proceed here?


(Stanton) #7

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:5, topic:1122”]I know, but I was commenting on JD’s review on the hosted site
I understand there’s a dilemma here: it’s up to Sebastian and JD (lordradish) to decide what to do and where to place reactions
(I’m far too young to make such decisions!)[/quote]

ohh, I didn’t noticed that we were at another place


(Sebastian) #8

lol

well I agreed to host JD’s section here, so more people can take part in the discussion without having to open yet another forum. the idea would of course be not to duplicate stuff more than necessary, maybe JD can post his website news and review updates here, and open topics for reviews that’s fine. the dilemma will probably not be easy to dodge, as any discussion about a review will eventually circle around the film as well…


(scherpschutter) #9

[quote=“Sebastian, post:8, topic:1122”]lol

well I agreed to host JD’s section here, so more people can take part in the discussion without having to open yet another forum. the idea would of course be not to duplicate stuff more than necessary, maybe JD can post his website news and review updates here, and open topics for reviews that’s fine. the dilemma will probably not be easy to dodge, as any discussion about a review will eventually circle around the film as well…[/quote]

I think it’s best to make two threads, a reviews thread and an articles thread
So if there is a new review or article, it can be announced in the appropriate thread

For instance like this: NEW review &#§%*/+=3# by J.D.


(lordradish) #10
For instance like this: *NEW* review &#§%*/+=3# by J.D.

Funny you should say that, as I just watched “The Return of &#§%*/+=3#” last night, starring Robert &&#@@ and Anthony !@!@!. I should have a review upon it shortly.

I also got a hold of “Book the Funeral Home, &#§%*/+=3# is Coming” and “&#§%*/+=3# meets &^#(@@@”. The latter one was directed by Fidani, so my expectations aren’t high.


(YourPallbearer) #11

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.


(scherpschutter) #12

Nice impression of this enjoyable movie, YP
I understand you’re a great Sartana fan, so you should check out this (if you haven’t done already):

http://fistfulofpasta.com/index.php?go=reviews/sartanaguide

I agree with you about the score and the catchy song (I’m singin’ it right now : right along, hé amigo!)
The title ‘Un par de asesinos’ is Spanish, the Italian title - look at you beautiful poster - doesn’t mention SaRtana either: the character is called SaNtana - what a cheat!
The meaning of the Italian title is “They irritated him … and Santana made clean slate”

By the way: welcome to the forum