Didn´t find a topic for this one, so here´s an old short review i pinned down on the Lovelockandload forum some months ago…
This is a little gem of a western. After a riot caused by outraged women of the small town Plata city, a prostitute, Shanda, is just saved from lynching, falsly accused of the murder of the bankmanager. She is escorted to the trail in another town by the deputysheriffs who on the road meet a shady looking character and takes turn in raping the poor girl and leave her for dead in the desert, making up a story of her trying to escape. Just like in the Gemma-film ADIOS GRINGO an outlaw with decent heart saves her from death and takes her with him to recover. This partcular gunslinger is the infamous Black Talisman (wearylooking John Ericsson), wanted in most every state and town and forced to hide out in an dusty ruin with a couple of indians. Shanda is traumatized by her excperience but after some time he gets the story from her, falls in love and swears revenge. Now it´s back to Plata city to uncover the set-up behind the murder, the bankmanagers masochistic wife soon is a suspect.
This is one of the sleaziest westerns i´ve seen, women are raped, lyched, whipped and burned alive, a bound man is tortured with a knife, there´s a perverse rich woman who the hero uses for information and set-up. One of these rare westerns were we acctually gets to see female nipples! (BLINDMAN comes to mind as another one…) Also it has Edwige Fenech in a small, but memorable, role as knifewielding whore with murder in mind. The ending is fatalistic in a fitting way, no happpily ever after for the outlaw. Highly recommended film!