WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS and OPINIONS !
Basically another bleak and pissed-up slow moving slice of spaghetti-pie, pre-dating El Puro, but unfortunately without the latter's charm.
I realised that I had started this one before, once it was rolling. But I had given up previously - either thru' boredom or tiredness (or too many drugs SD ) - but this time ... after being on a roll with Ghidra's performance in Bullet in the Forehead, I intended to finish it.
After the first sleep-inducing 35 minutes it picked up somewhat and looked like it was gonna turn into a half-decent outing.
In this film (which again bares no resemblance to Weisser's version - Ghidra's murdered sister ... ???) - two rival gangs are shootin up a town and innocents are getting hurt, but the sheriff is too pissed to care and too scared to get involved.
The film really is a vehicle for (handsome in a James Dean-y/PLL-y sort of way) Jean Sobieski (in his only sw outing?) to show his stuff and he steals the show as the unwanted Deputy-with-a-secret.
Anthony "I bit off more than I could chew .. I drink now" Ghidra, as Tequila Joe, isn't nearly as convincing as Robert Woods is - as a drunk, as El Puro - (for he is the benchmark now for this type of character).
I suppose the film is quite gritty (there is a kidnapped and raped daughter of one of the gang leaders - Cemetery without Crosses - stylee), and the story is quite good and it is quite well acted, ... BUT - it is ... well ... "quite" - but unfortunately, it's not ... "really" or "fabulously" anything.
There's a coupl'a great lines that gave me hope ... the previosly mentioned one from Ghidra, and when he asks the bonkers grave-digger chap "How much time before a cadaver rots once it's buried?" ... gets the reply "Well, if a man ain't too rotten before he gets here ..."
But there's dross as well ... "A man never stops being a man - 'scept when he don't wanna be."
Ghidra takes an awful long time to become "a man", too long in my book. Everything was a bit too obvious and a bit too moralist-y (dare I say it ..?) American ???
Still, only an opinion - others may appreciate it more, and I would welcome hearing other views on this. I seem to remember Bro' Bluntwolf recommended it on one of the other threads, and I value his opinion on these matters. It's maybe that seeing the first half twice now, slowed me down too much to get any momentum to carry me thru' the rest of it. What started out, to me, as slow and boring, showed some potential for 'mean and moody' for a while, but ultimately it disappointed.
It's not as bleak, not as 'funny', and not anywhere near as stylish as El Puro. And any 'grain-sodden' SW that I watch after having seen that beauty has a lot to live up to I'm afraid.
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