Monday, March 21, 2016

Texas, Adios (1966)

Original title: Texas, Addio

Director: Ferdinando Baldi

Writers: Ferdinando Baldi, Franco Rossetti

Composer: Anton Garcia Abril

Starring: Franco Nero, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Elisa Montes, Jose Guardiola, Livio Lorenzon, Hugo Blanco, Luigi Pistilli, Antonella Murgia, Gino Pernice

More info: IMDb

Plot:  A Texan sheriff and his younger brother travel across the frontier into Mexico to confront the man who killed their father.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

One of the only reasons anyone might seek this one out is that it stars Franco Nero in one of his earliest starring roles which came out the same year as his most famous picture, DJANGO.  Unlike Django, this Spaghetti Western is more like a traditional Western than a lot of his others.  It's still violent (love it!) and they're not afraid to kill just about anyone in this film.  The performances are very good (I've only ever seen the English dub).  Even the dubbing is good except for one character, Cisco Delgado (Suarez).  His is really bland.  I watched a few moments with the Italian dub and it's MUCH better but the character still comes off like he's tired and doesn't care.  They could've done so much better in matching a quality voice to his image.  The next time I'll watch the Italian Dub.  Still, it's a good movie with a good story, locations, action (Franco Nero's fighting looks more realistic than most actors) and the score is fantastic.  It's got one of my all-time favorite Spaghetti Western cues. The ending is bleak and it's not the standard finale Hollywood was cooking up back then.  The Blue Underground DVD, from the Spaghetti Western Collection OOP box set, looks great.  It's anamorphic widescreen and you even get a few extras in a 6 minute interview with Nero about his picture and his getting into films and Westerns and the English theatrical trailer (anamorphic widescreen).  This picture probably won't list on anyone's top 20 Spags but it's definitely worth a look for fans of the genre.


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