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Brilliant film, awful copy
on 12 April 2008
An outstanding story of the conflict between good (John Mills as the priest Father Keogh) and evil (Dirk Bogarde as the charismatic bandit-in-black, Anacleto) for the control of the hearts and minds of a Mexican town, complicated by the involvenment of a beauty named Locha and the two male protagonists' grudging admiration for each other. Unfortunately, this German version (choice of English dialogue) is spoilt by the outrageous quality of the transfer: washed-out colours, fuzzy, out-of-focus, and the English speech, though it uses the original actors' voices, curiously doesn't quite sync with the lip movements! Not in original cinemascope ratio either. Look for another version. Would have given it five stars otherwise.