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on 5 June 2011
Stengal the town leader of Dougherty orders the robbery of the $100,000 from bank, but his attempts are foiled by a mysterious stranger known as Sabata. Sabata then blackmails him for $30,000 (then increasing to $60,000) but Stengal thinks its easier to have him killed than to pay the money, although it is easier said than done.
Lee Van Cleef is a perfect choice for the role of Sabata and he is super cool in the role. He also has all the gadgets that remind me a lot of James Bond, the best been his modified revolver that can fire from his handle as well. The supporting performances are also pretty good with the likes of Pedro Sanchez as his loyal sidekick Carrincha, William Berger as the disloyal and untrustworthy Banjo and the best been Franco Ressell as the cruel homosexual Stengel, who has the biggest comb over I've ever seen in a Spaghetti Western.
Director Gianfranco Parolini makes what I think was his finest film. He may use a similar story to his previous film, If you Meet Sartana Pray for your death, but he improves it and makes it far less complicated. He and Cinematographer Sandro Mancori create some great camera shots that were copied in style unsuccessfully by director Giuliano Carnimeo in his Spaghetti Westerns.
The soundtrack by Marcello Giombini is good and has a fast upbeat tempo, that is completely different in style to that of Ennio Morricone. Although I think he made better scores for Too Much Gold for One Gringo and Garringo, this is still a great score that has a catchy theme tune.
Overall this is one of the best Spaghetti Westerns ever made, it has all the elements to make it a interesting and enjoyable film, a lot of action, catchy music, a great main character and brilliant direction.