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Love Estevez, Forsyth - but this was BAD
on 4 July 2009
Emilio Estevez was great as Billy the Kid in Young Guns. His trademark laugh was an instant classic. Seeing him in another western was something I could not pass up. So I purchased Dollar for the Dead for only £3.
The DVD box did not bode well however. Referring to `Clint East Wood', Leone and Woo on the back told me that this film was looking to borrow from them to satisfy us. Well, never mind, a homage could be good fun. I managed to watch the whole film, but it was unfortunately pretty crummy. It appeared to have been written by a young teenager. Zero character. Plot you didn't care about. Great cast, but all struggling to make such flat lines come to life. It relied too heavily on the viewers good disposition towards it on account of it being reminiscent of other infinitely better films. The soundtrack was appalling pastiche. When I say that the script was bad, I am not talking in comparison to Oscar winners or obscure European cinema. It was appalling compared to something like No Retreat, No Surrender, or Under Siege 2.
Estevez was just too weedy to carry off the mysterious man with no name. He had nothing to work with. Not even good costume. If this was a spaghetti western, it was of the budget tinned variety. Not cheap but cheerful, rather cheap and nasty. Worth watching with a few friends if you like laughing at cheese. It's a waste of any money. Rent a decent western once. Don't own this drivel. And as for the secret of the coffin - its got a big gun in it. That's all.