Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (1968)

Original title: Ammazzali Tutti e Torna Solo

Director: Enzo G. Castellari

Writers: Tito Carpi, Enzo G. Castellari, Francesco Scardamaglia, Joaquin Romero Hernandez

Composer:  Frncesco De Masi

Starring: Chuck Connors, Frank Wolff, Franco Citti, Leo Anchoriz, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Hercules Cortes, Antonio Molino Rojo, Furio Meniconi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Chuck Connors betrays a gang of seven ruthless mercenaries!

Plot: In 1864, mercenary Clyde MacKay leads a squad of hard-case cutthroats on a mission for the Confederate high command: infiltrate an enemy fortress and steal a million dollars in gold from the Union Army.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I've seen an awful lot of Spaghetti Westerns over the years and I'm certain I'll never see them all (there were more than 500 from the early sixties to the late seventies).  Like any genre, most of them are OK at best with a few that are good and even fewer that are truly great films for the genre much less great films of any genre.  Anyway, I'm always tickled when I see one for the first time and it turns out to be a really good movie.  This one's got action in spades. Connors makes for a great action star and he fits right into Westerns like nobody's business.  It's no surprise that's what he's mostly known for.  His voice is dubbed.  The version I saw was widescreen and dubbed in English although the image was washed out and tinted sepia.  It's still worth watching.  I enjoyed it very much.  It looks great, the score and main theme are great, the performances are great and there's a massive action sequence (big in scale and in length) when the gang steals the gold.  It's a great centerpiece to a film that's already got more action than your average Western.  The ending was good, too.  I did not see that coming.  Hopefully someone will release a better print.  When a film in this genre works, it's a wonderful thing to see.

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