[quote=“Romaine Fielding, post:1, topic:945”]I watched this over the weekend.
Not really very spaghetti-like. The only thing I liked about it was the performance by Stephen Boyd.
Richard Crenna seemed too old to play the lead part realistically. He seemed too old for the part even in 1974. Why did he get this role? At one point he falls out of a second story window, is shot, and nearly trampled by horses. But all he suffers is amnesia. We should be so lucky.
Like a lot of Spaghettis there are great gaps of logic in the story line. Not a problem usually but this movie seems to want to take itself too seriously. It has no sense of humor about itself (and there is lots of silliness).
Crenna is a good guy type hero (though this is often ambiguous) and that marks it as more American than anything else. (Plus a contived love story).
A couple of nice fight scenes but that’s about it.[/quote]
It wasn’t my type of (spaghetti) western either
I thought Crenna wasn’t bad, tho’
I must have said this before: the story about this amnesiac gunslinger reminded me of Ludlum’s first Bourne novel, The Bourne Identity
I have never read the Louis L’Amour novel this film was based upon, so I can’t compare Ludlum’s novel with his; it seems more likely that Ludlum saw this movie and was intrigued by these story elements about amnesia
Anyway, I have never heard that Ludlum had legal problems with L’Amour’s heirs or Collinson, which surprises me
I think the story, original or not, was quite interesting, but not enough was done with it
Some good action scenes, but there are too much dust and slamming doors etc. in order to give the film an ‘artistic’ look.