Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Sign of Zorro (1963)

Original title: Il Segno di Zorro

AKA: Duel at the Rio Grande

Director: mario Caiano

Writers: Guido Malatesta, Luis Marquina, Casey Robinson, Arturo Rigel

Composer: Gregorio Garcia Segura

Starring: Sean Flynn, Folco Lulli, Gaby Andre, Enrique Diosdado, Armando Calvo, Helga Line, Danielle De Metz, Carlo Tamberlani, Mino Doro, Mario Petri

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Regal's great holiday "U" programme for the masses!  In colour!

Plot: Living in Spain, Don Martinez, the son of an aristocratic mother, receives an invitation from his father, living in Mexico, to come aid him in hi struggle.  His father used his wealth and influence to help free the people from their tyrannical leaders.  Upon arrival, Martinez discovers his father was labeled a traitor and murdered.  This propels Martinez into exacting revenge and continue his father's fight.  Viva la Mexico!

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

The story is simple yet filled with enough action to keep things moving at a good pace.  The rousing score gives the picture more momentum than the visuals are willing to part with.  The score is at times too busy and the action on screen can't keep up.  Sean Flynn (son of Errol) brings the physicality to the screen but he fails to deliver even a fraction of his father's charisma.  To be fair, Errol had more charisma than anyone around).  Sean's acting is bland and amateurish but damn if this guy isn't sword fighting (and he's really putting swashing that buckle around with real gusto), tumbling, horse jumping and fighting his ass off.  There are some different and dangerous stunts in this thing.  He certainly gave it that old college try.  The rest of the cast does a good enough job.  It's not a bad picture and it serves its Saturday matinee purpose well.  It is entertaining but it's not likely anything you'd watch more than once. 

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