Wednesday, September 13, 2017

White Fang (1973)

Original title: Zanna Bianca

Director: Lucio Fulci

Writers: Guy Elmes, Roberto Gianviti, Rhom Keyes, Jack London, Piero Regnoli, Guillaume Roux

Composer: Carlo Rustichelli

Starring: Franco Nero, Virna Lisi, Fernando Rey, John Steiner, Raimund Harmstorf, Daniel Martin, Rik Battaglia, Daniele Dublino, Maurice Poli, John Bartha

More info: IMDb

Plot:  The wolf dog, White Fang, aids a reporter, a fur trapper, a nun, a young Eskimo boy and his father of ridding a gold mining town of a sleazy crime lord in 1896 Yukon, Canada.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Think of this like it's Lassie with a vengeance.  This is a family picture but it's violent as hell...and that's what I dug about it.  The cast is filled with loads of famous names from Spaghetti Westerns and other Italian flicks from the 60s and 70s.  The movie's OK.  It gets hokey periodically but the violence that peppers it is harsh.  That poor dog, I mean wolf that looks just like a German shepherd is put through a lot.  Fang fights people, dogs and a bear.  The best thing that could've happened to him at the end of the movie is live on a farm free of predators and assholes.  I actually liked the last few minutes of this flick with Fang wandering around the recently abandoned town looking for his master.  That was nice.  Another oddity is that this was directed by famed horror director Lucio Fulci.  That would explain the abundance of violence.  I'm not one to watch family films like this but how could I resist when I'm on a mission to watch all 500+ Spaghetti Westerns and this stars Franco Nero, John Steiner, et al directed by Fulci?

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