My seventies-athon came to an abrupt end with this 1966 spaghetti western (called “Macaroni Westerns” in Japan). It is one of the first spaghetti westerns made after the Clint/Sergio westerns.
The story is very much like The Seven Samurai, so it is not all that original, but matters not. As with most westerns this is about getting revenge, and shooting things up. There is also some dynamite involved.
The acting is not the best, but it is passable. Henry Silva is probably the highlight, he plays the main villain and obviously enjoyed himself, and he got all of the best lines, here is the best…
Mendez (Henry) makes the hero fight several of his henchmen, and after he beats them in hand-to-hand combat and is on the ground exhausted, Mendez points a gun to his head and after a pause says:
Mendez: “Ha ha ha. I’m not going to kill you, stranger. You’re a champion. And you don’t kill champions, you raise them, And you’re coming with me to the Mayflower Ranch, and you’re hired for top dollar. Bravo! Bravo!”
He says all this with much gusto, and a big Henry smile. Priceless stuff. Henry is 87 now with his last film appearance being a minor part in Ocean’s Eleven in 2001.
So I am now on a spaghetti-western-athon. The next film lined up is the snappily titled Kill Them All and Come Back Alone, starring Chuck Connors.
Date watched: April 30th
Film count 2016: 73
Click here for Henry’s Ha ha ha quote.