Sorry for the poorly constructed title to this topic,
Wanted to start a thread on the influence of Spaghetti Westerns.
Wanted this to become a place where we can document every time Spaghetti Westerns have featured in other media. This could be video games (I’ve heard Red Dead Revolver used a lot of SW music- can anyone discuss about that?), movies in other languages (I’ll discuss one right away), and Tarantino tributes!
Sholay (1975) is an action blockbuster from Bollywood. While, it does share certain similarities with Spaghetti westerns- like the protagonists aren’t exactly the good guys, a group of bandits (dacoits) led by Gabbar are haunting a village, and the general rugged terrain which gives you the sense of isolation. (though, they are keeping in tone with Indian sensibilities and morality of the time, so even though the heroes are thieves, they aren’t amoral and try to do the right thing)
The construction of Gabbar reminded me of Indio, in certain, ways, though he isn’t as perturbed as Indio through For a few dollars more. There is also a train being attacked by the dacoits at the beginning of the movie (if I remember well), which was quite oft seen in Zapata Westerns (though hardly a theme particular to SWs).
But, the most obvious reference is the massacre of Thakur’s family, which is quite similar to the McBain family massacre in Once Upon A Time In America
Can we get other such references and tributes?