Director(s): Giorgio Stegani
Country: Italy, West Germany
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 6.1 out of 10 (439 votes)
A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it.
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Mark-371 (20 May 2013)
This movie was ok.....i thought it would be good since lee van cleef was init and so was lionel stander......mainly i bought it because Bud Spencerwasin it......i thought he was a main character but he was only in the moviefor about 10 minutes.....the story wasn't bad....it was about a guy whocamefrom europe to the states to deliver money to some miners but itsstolen....he has to get it back and he asks lee van cleef for help...butleewas the person who robbed him! i would give this movie a5/10
Sandy Petersen (19 May 2013)
Not really a "spaghetti' western, though filmed in Italy. No one wearsa duster, and it's not really very violent till near the end. The moviehas a weird "European" feel to it, as if the makers had no idea whatthe Wild West was really like. The "villagers" of Silvertown have anOld World style festival, for instance, everyone polkaing and playinghappy music that would have been perfect for Oktoberfest. Other errors are rife. One of the heroes claims to come from"Czechoslovakia"!? (A nation that didn't exist at the time - anyone whocame from the area would have said they were from Bohemia, Moravia, orAustria-Hungary). Bullets are stopped by thin wooden slats. Pistolsoutshoot rifles. Guns can't hit a man less than 30 yards away becausehe's "too high up". A guy is hit by a bullet wound right in the middleof his left chest, and the wound is declared to be "not serious". Asaloon singer sings, and behaves, like a European cabaret star. Awestern stable names a horse Taras Bulba. It's unintentionallyhilarious.Sadly when the movie tries to be funny, it catastrophically fails. The"humorous" bible-quoting crook has a long unfunny scene with a group ofkids that makes no sense at all in my dubbed version. Maybe it wasfunnier in Italian. There are also errors of plot. Lee Van Cleef is first seen onhorseback. But a major theme for the next 45 minutes of the movie ishow he needs to get himself a horse. There is a big scene where VanCleef defends the dubious virtue of a dance hall girl, but then henever picks up on a potential romance with her. She just gets discardedalong with other plot points. Van Cleef is fun to watch as always. The other actors are varyingdegrees of suckitude, and the movie, in general, makes little sense.There are a couple of reasonably good scenes, which I guess is reasonenough to watch this if you got it in a pack of 20 Westerns, which Idid. But it sure as heck isn't worth looking up on its own, unless youare writing a book on Lee Van Cleef or something.
ma-cortes (19 May 2013)
This especial Italian western blends violence, action western , plottwists, shoot'em up with high body-count , it's fast movement and forthat reason is entertaining . This is the story of the ex-bandit who'dworn it -till he'd faced one gun too many...the young , novice engineerhe had to teach to wear it- or watch to die and the young who livedonly to wear one of his own ! .. and for some dollars a month -that'swhat they gave you for protecting people who ran like rabbits when thegoing got roguish ! Â¨ . The picture deals with a beginner youngengineer (Antonio Sabato , of course father of known TV actor AntonioSabato Jr) who persuades veteran rogue (Lee Van Cleef) and his hoodlums(the veteran Lionel Stander) to help him to rid a little town ofbandits who have robbed 12.000 dollars belonging to payroll of theminers . Then , the thief turns into sheriff of the little town calledSilver City where is guarded the silver treasure from the mine and thebaddies led by Burton ( particular performance by a Peplum-hero asGordon Mitchell dressed in black with cloak and hat ) want to rob .Meanhile the old gunslinger now upright sheriff falls in love with abeautiful girl (Graziella Granata) .It's an acceptable Spaghetti film with dazzling shootouts between theprotagonists and the contenders . This meaty Western containsinteresting plot , violence , shootouts and is quite entertaining ,though drags at times in ups and downs . This average Western balancesnoisy action , suspense and drama with tragic final in which happens asad , dramatic showdown . It's a classic recounting about teaching anunexperienced young finely played by Antonio Sabato who is in charge ofa silver mine and a veteran roguish become marshal . Agreeableperformance by Lee Van Cleef changing his usual characters , here as ahonorable sheriff who defends the villagers and even confronts hisfriends at an amazing ending . Secondary cast formed by habitualSpaghetti/Peplum players as Carlo Gaddi, Romano Puppo, Herbert Fux,Enzo Fiermonte and including Bud Spencer in a serious role as foreman .Enjoyable score by Riz Ortalani who composed lots of Spaghetti Westernscores , it contains a sensible musical leitmotif .There are many finetechnicians and nice assistants as the cameraman Enzo Serafin who makesa nice photography with barren outdoors, dirty landscapes under aglimmer sun shot of course on Almeria , Spain , though is mostly filmedat Italy . However , being necessary and urgent remastering because ofthe original is washed-out . The motion picture is professionallydirected by Giorgo Stegani , though with no originality . He's is anexpert writer of Giallo and Western as Â¨Blood of a silver dollarÂ¨ and Â¨Beyond the law Â¨ and occasionally Western director as Â¨GentlemankillerÂ¨and Â¨Adios GringoÂ¨ . Rating : 5,5 acceptable but mediocreSpaghetti that will appeal to Lee Van Cleef fans .
Wizard-8 (19 May 2013)
The basic story was very interesting, and parts of it were well executed.Especially the GREAT ending, which gives Van Cleef a chance to do someexcellent acting without having to say a word.The problem with the movie is that (uncut) it's too long, and way toodrawnout. It could have been edited down by twenty minutes or so. Also, themoviedoes not explore Van Cleef's character's transformation enough, with is aserious mistake.The more you like spaghetti westerns, the more chance there is you'll likeit. You also get to see Bud Spencer without his beard!
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