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Monday, May 26, 2008


Under the aegis of ‘spaghetti Western’ master Sergio Leone, Tonino Valeri helmed this playful variation on the genre’s familiar tropes. They were going for Leone-lite, but got Leone-cute, too cute. Terence Hill (born Mario Girotti) is the goofy, but staggeringly talented young gunslinger who needles Henry Fonda ’s aging marksman to end his career with a legend sealing mission. The plot never quite adds up, but there are some effective comic/sadistic set pieces that keep you hanging in there, along with ultra- sharp cinematography and Ennio Morricone’s over-the-top score. Hill is a remarkably odd screen presence & it’s easy to see why he never quite caught on in the States.

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