Thompson 1880 (Guido Zurli, 1966)


(Silver) #1

Watched a very good quality copy of a German dvd, but with German audio only so i could only pick out the odd word or two! George Martin plays a travelling weapons inventor (?) who arrives in town and immediately falls foul of the local villains. There’s a fight scene in the saloon that in some ways remionded me of the one in the 3 Supermen film, what with it’s acrobatics and the way that it went on and on and on…Anyway, he’s subsequently looked after by a local woman after being beaten, and decides to stick around. He finds time between scrapes with the villains to modify a weaon for a crippled gunman, help out his new lady friend and finally, when he’s had enough, straps on his latest invention - a kind of machine gun that looks more like a weird camera and (bloodlessly) dispatches the whole gang at once. It ends with Martin talking straight into the camera, and cuts to the future where a photograph of him is being shown in the Pentagon!

Fairly lighthearted and enjoyable. It would be nce to see an english language version, but the only other one i’ve seen available is Spanish only. Not a fantastic entry into the genre but certainly an acceptable time-waster for me.


(ENNIOO) #2

Just been thinking of this one earlier, and I really want to to see an english audio version of this one.


(Silence) #3

I’ve never heard of this movie.


(Yodlaf Peterson) #4

I’m looking forward to getting the Koch release, i’ve never seen this.


(Stanton) #5

Don’t expect too much. It’s nothing special.


(dicfish) #6

Is there any trailer available in the internet?


(Federico) #7

The main extra feature of the Koch Media release will be a 30 minutes featurette with director Guido Zurli and cinematographer Franco Villa.
I will post some screenshots later.

Unfortunately both Guido and Franco died on october 2009


(Chris_Casey) #8

I thought this film was pretty weak. It had a couple of interesting moments, but overall I just remember being very unimpressed.
I haven’t seen it for more than 10 years, so it could be that I need to watch it again. Also, I seem to recall one funny insert shot of an obviously modern day Washington DC that sort of took me out of the film.
Reminded me of the original version of I AM SARTANA–ANGEL OF DEATH…where they used insert shots of modern-day neon signs from Las Vegas to indicate that Sartana was in the gambling town (thankfully when Franco Cleef did his restoration he used a print where they had wisely cut those insert shots from the original Italian version!).


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(Silence) #10

Soooo… will there be Enlish subs on the Koch DVD?


(ENNIOO) #11

They usually tend to have them on these days.


(YourPallbearer) #12

Been wanting to get my hands on this for ages.
When does the KOCH disc come out?

I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this version before.
Isn’t there a scene with fluorescent lights in a casino?

I once had a version that had a rather long sequence with a Sartana-less showdown in a church.
Not sure where that copy went.
Hopefully I can one day see this version again.


(Stanton) #13

[quote=“YourPallbearer, post:12, topic:1433”]Been wanting to get my hands on this for ages.
When does the KOCH disc come out.[/quote]

5.3.


(Dorado) #14

I just watched this on the Koch-media disc; it runs 81 min according to the cover and is in 1.85: ratio.
The film DOES have hidden English subtitles.
In the film George Martin plays a loner who gets mixed up in a battle between an evil businessman and the town’s honest grocers represented by Gia Sandri.
Martin agrees to drive deliveries into town for the honest grocers. Previously their deliveries had all been intercepted by the villain’s henchmen. They had forced the driver to sell the groceries to them against his will. This had forced every citizen in town to purchase their everyday goods from the villain’s shops only, and at a very steep price.
The film is nothing special, some of the villain’s henchmen are interesting characters though.
Martin is not convincing either he seems to sleep his way through most of the film. Not even the not so surprising finale can save this film.
2/5.


(dicfish) #15

I uploaded the german trailer:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Thompson_1880/Trailers%26Clips


(Silence) #16

Thanks Dicfish. Looks like a nice film.


(Stanton) #17

Database link:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Thompson_1880


(Bluntwolf) #18

Recently watched the Koch disc that has excellent picture and audio quality.

The movie is by no means more than average but I think it is diverting anyway. Even though there’s not too much action going on and the finale is no surprise, I didn’t feel bored while watching. Of course, there’s much better SW material out there but at the same time there’s much worse stuff out there as well.


(The Stranger) #19

[quote=“Bluntwolf, post:18, topic:1433”]Recently watched the Koch disc that has excellent picture and audio quality.

The movie is by no means more than average but I think it is diverting anyway. Even though there’s not too much action going on and the finale is no surprise, I didn’t feel bored while watching. Of course, there’s much better SW material out there but at the same time there’s much worse stuff out there as well.[/quote]

I agree with you on all points.

I think that the machine gun at the end is very ridiculous. Looks more like a camera. :slight_smile: :wink:


(Dillinger) #20

It’s always a good decision to agree with Bluntwolf.