Sunday, December 17, 2017

Challenge of the MacKennas (1970)

Original title: La Sfida dei MacKenna

Director: Leon Klimovsky

Writers: Pedro Gil Paradela, Leon Klimovsky, Edoardo Mulargia, Antonio Viader

Composer: Francesco De Masi

Starring: Robert Woods, John Ireland, Annabella Incontrera, Roberto Camardiel, Mariano Vidal Molina, Daniela Giordano, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Attilio Dottesio, Sergio Mendizabal

More info: IMDb

Plot: An American drifter becomes involved in a deadly family dispute. A powerful Mexican rancher orders the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. Jones earns the wrath of the father when he finds the body and buries it.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This above average Spaghetti Western stars two prolific lead actors of the genre, Robert Woods and John Ireland.  Everyone does a fine job.  I kind of dug Ireland's character, Jones.  He's got that I don't give a shit attitude that's kind of fun.  He's got no place to go so this place is as good as any.  He's washed up and he's just biding his time.  That is until shit drags him into the middle of it and he's forced into a corner.  He still maintains that attitude but he provides action when he needs to.  I also liked his relationship with Barbara (Molina), at least I think that was her name.  The ending was nice, leaving Jones in the same position he was in 90 minutes earlier.  Francesco De Masi's score is standard issue Spaghetti Western music, neither bad nor memorable but serviceable.  It's just a slow go throughout much of the picture. 

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