Saturday, May 5, 2018

$100,000 for Ringo (1965)

Original title: 100.000 Dollari per Ringo

Director: Alberto De Martino

Writers: Alfonso Balcazar, Alberto De Martino, Vincenzo Mannino, Giovanni Simonelli, Guido Zurli

Composer: Bruno Nicolai

Starring: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho, Luis Induni, Massimo Serato, Gerard Tichy, Eleonora Bianchi, Loris Loddi, Guido Lollobrigida, Monica Randall, Michel Montfort, Francisco Sanz, Romas Torres

More info: IMDb

Plot: A stranger named Lee Barton rides into the western town of Rainbow Valley where he's mistaken for a former resident named Ward Cluster who was believed killed in the Civil War. Cluster's wife, Rose, is now dead but his young son, Sean -- raised by Indian chief, Gray Bear -- also believes Barton to be his father. Barton soon finds himself in opposition to local boss Tom Cherry who used local Indians to drive off settlers and who then turned against the Indians. Cherry is "sweet" on blonde townswoman Deborah but Deborah loves a drunken man named Ive. Cherry seeks to find $200,000 stashed away by a Mexican general and during the course of his hunt captures and flogs Barton and then kills both Deborah and Ive. Barton, having joined forces with a wandering sheriff from Tucson, kills Cherry in a shoot-out, finds the missing money, and plans a future with adopted son, Sean.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

A lot of what's in this picture is just plain bland, from the English dub to the characters, their costumes and so on.  The scenery is nice but there's nothing all that great about it.  The story is OK but it's rather slow despite the abundance of fights and gunplay.  The music  is outstanding, though, and that's a huge plus but, like anything, it's not enough to elevate the picture to more than a basic watchable level.  It's an OK picture at best and that's only because of the wonderful score by Morricone friend and colleague, Bruno Nicolai. It's far more exciting than the film it accompanies.  And be sure to groove to the theme song sung by none other than Bobby Solo!

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