Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black Eagle of Santa Fe (1965)

Original title: Die Schwarzen Adler von Santa Fe

Director: Ernst Hofbauer

Writers: Jack Lewis, Valeria Bonamano

Composer: Gert Wilden

Starring: Brad Harris, Joachim Hansen, Pinkas Braun, Werner Peters, Helga Sommerfeld, Edith Hancke, Olga Schoberova, Serge Marquand, Ennio Girolami, Tony Kendall, Joseph Egger, Jacques Bezard, Horst Frank, Ronny

More info: IMDb

Plot:  When Comanches go on the warpath, settlers take refuge in Ft. Eagle Rock commanded by Capt. Jackson. Undercover agent Cliff McPherson arrives at the undermanned fort to lend advice and support. He learns that the Comanches have been stirred up by local rancher Morton who wants to take control of the oil under the Indians' reservation. McPherson informs Chief Black Eagle of Morton's treachery and the Indians then ride to the rescue of the cavalry when Morton's men attack the soldiers and settlers fleeing the fort.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

Man, what a difference a great looking print makes!  The one I have is a gorgeous anamorphic widescreen print.  The location shooting locations sitting in for the American West are beautiful.  I wasn't considering watching this again but if I did, I'd watch it for that alone.  I'd also try and find a DVD of it that's in German with English subs (the one I have offers an English and German dub but no subs).  The English dub isn't bad but I'd like to mix it up should I give this another spin someday.  I can't say enough about the quality of the print.  Enough of how nice it looks.  It's certainly a better than average Spaghetti/Euro Western in most areas.  It's a good story with some nice action, acting, camerawork and great use of the locations.  There's a great scene where someone gets their comeuppance by getting brutally dragged behind a horse.  Nice.  There are even some cool deaths and some folks you would've expected to live.  I can dig it.   You can watch the English version on YouTube above but the quality isn't as good but it's good enough for your computer screen.

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