I Giorni dell'ira (Blood and Grit) (Day of Anger) (Gunlaw) (Days of Wrath) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

I Giorni dell'ira (Blood and Grit) (Day of Anger) (Gunlaw) (Days of Wrath) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 17, 2010
A young man dreaming the romantic life of becoming an old west legend, two mentors with different lessons to teach, only one path to take. What begins as an underdog story mixed with a high plains drifter premise becomes something more complicated and complex. Sometimes we should be careful with what we wish. Great direction Valerii, great performances from Gemma and Cleef. A must see.
½ August 2, 2012
Lee Van Cleef will always be remembered playing second pistol to Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's groundbreaking Spaghetti Westerns "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" but few today seem to remember that afterwards he made a number of strong entries in the genre without out being overshadowed by his co-stars and director. Out of all the films he made following his success in the Leone films he made three that I like to call the Van Cleef holy trinity: "The Big Gundown", "Death Rides a Horse" and of course "Day of Anger". All three in their own way are worthy enough to be compared to the popular Leone films. A bold statement I know, but trust me on this.

The plot of "Day of Anger" is rather typical genre fare: an aging gunman taking on a young protégé. The gunman is of course played by Cleef and the young gun is played by Giuliano Gemma, a bastardized outcast until a steely eyed gunman rides in and shows him compassion and respect. Wanting to exact revenge on the town for his treatment, he takes up with the gunman to learn his trade. All goes well until Cleef kills the man who raised him and now the protégé must use his lessons to turn on his teacher.

As one can tell, the plot is what keeps "Day of Anger" from transcending the Leone films before. What makes up for it is the quirky, stylistic and violent Italian twist on the theme. Director Tonino Valerii served as assistant director on "For a Few Dollars More" and didn't waste much time utilizing the knowledge he gained from Leone to pump into his own films. Though his first western "Taste of Killing" was rather average, he nailed it in "Day of Anger" utilizing stylistic camerawork, violent eccentricities and catchy music to make to make this a distinct entry into the genre. My favorite sequence he created, that some may find a bit batty, is a duel with rifles done like a joust on horseback. Only would such an outrageous scene appear in a Spaghetti Western and be so mind-blowing.

Cleef is in top form as the aging gunman but the directors he worked always wisely chose strong, usually younger, actors to act second to him. Here Valerii chose Giuliano Gemma, a charismatic young man on the fast rise to stardom thanks to his roles in strong genre films like "A Pistol for Ringo" and "The Return of Ringo". Gemma compliments Cleef wonderfully playing the abused, clueless protagonist that undergoes a dramatic changes throughout the film with an array of emotions. Gemma would hands down become one of the best stars of the genre and it's surrealistic to see him acting opposite an early genre heavyweight like Van Cleef.

Despite its routine plot, "Day of Anger" still manages to be one of the best films the genre has to offer with it's powerhouse cast, eye-catching directing, pulsing score and violent eccentricities one can only find in Spaghetti Westerns. The film was heavily cut for U.S. release and the best version available is the DVD release from Wild East as they went to extreme lengths to bring America the full uncut version for the first time. This release however is long out-of-print and extremely hard to come by so be prepared to spend a pretty penny to obtain it.
½ July 3, 2015
Day of Anger is well just a great film on all accounts
May 27, 2013
Day of Anger is a spaghetti western that follows a rather straightforward and typical plot, but is elevated by all the great elements of the genre handled in such an entertaining way. The plot here, which is a somewhat routine story, is practically the Hero's Journey in the old west, where an underdog and a misfit named Scott Mary, played by Giuliano Gemma, finds his opportunity to change his life and become a gunslinger when a man named Talby, played by Lee Van Cleef, rides into the town known as Clifton. Scott is "bullied" in Clifton and is treated like an outcast, but things change when Talby shows him compassion and becomes his mentor in a way.

However, as the plot unfolds, it becomes a tale of two mentors and Scott finding revenge but losing his purity. It's seemingly simple, and for the most part it is, but its backed up by some plot twists and Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma's intriguing partnership. It's always great to see Lee Van Cleef on screen, and he's so cool that anything he touches is elevated a bunch. He's in top form here, and his role is pretty much on the same level as his others (he's always at his best), such as Colonel Mortimer and The Bad. Giuliano Gemma is charismatic and great as a young man who's an underdog and a misfit in the town, and his duo with Lee Van Cleef is awesome. Giuliano also previously played as Ringo in the Ringo movies (A Pistol for Ringo, The Return of Ringo), and his acting skills really show here. Seeing two of the best actors in the genre working together was great. Riz Ortolani's score is notable, and the theme song is one of the best songs I've heard in the genre. It's energetic and catchy, and fits perfectly in the movie.

It's also incredibly entertaining, and I was never bored with its many creative sequences, such as its climax, as well as the scene where Lee Van Cleef duels someone on horseback with rifles. It's memorable and entertaining, and feels like a genuine western movie, but at the same time feels distinctive. This movie ranks among the best of the genre, thanks to its powerhouse cast, its catchy score, and its seemingly simple plot that turns more complex, and is just as entertaining as some of the high ranking westerns in the genre. It's a must see spaghetti western, and should be a lot more popular than it currently is.
January 8, 2013
Pretty cool spagetti western with really cool music.
October 29, 2012
The intriguing character dynamic between the two leads and the consequent plot twists make Day of Anger feel a bit distinctive from the other films of the genre while it still feels like a genuine spaghetti western. A slightly messy ending and poor production value (bad dubbing and audio quality) may detract slightly from the experience but Day of Anger is just as entertaining as some of the top tier of the genre.
½ June 26, 2011
Day of Anger is a retelling of the classic "Hero's Journey" set in the old west. A young local misfit, Scott (Giuliano Gemma), is mentored by Murph Allan, a former badass sheriff turned stablehand. Scott has always longed to become a gunslinger and gain the respect of his community. One day Frank Talby (Lee Van Cleef) rides into town. Talby is an aging outlaw who takes on Scott as his protege. Talby educates Scott, giving him lessons in the ways of a lone gunman. Talby ends up killing Scott's former mentor Murph, exposing his true evil nature. Scott avenges Murph's murder by using Talby's very same lessons against him.

An interesting comparison can be drawn between Scott and the director Tonino Valerii. Just as Scott is the pupal to an old west master, Valerii was a pupal to spaghetti western master Sergio Leone. Tonino Valerii acted as assistant director on the first two 'dollars' films before taking the helm of his own project. I wonder if this parallel attracted him to the film.

Unlike the film where the student becomes the master, Valerii's directing skill doesn't quite come close to Leone levels. However, it is still a good movie with a great story and probably one of the better Italian westerns.
January 31, 2011
Hell of a Italowestern!!! Excellent Cinematography, Bombastic Soundtrack, Gulliano Gemma and Lee Van Cleef are a Dream Duo, It comines Socio-Critism, with a Touching Underdog and Master & Scholar Story and Comedia Nera and Comedia Pink at the same Time!!! One of the best Spaghetti Westerns at all!!!
October 4, 2010
Tonino Valerii hace su mejor direccion, pero no su mejor pelicula. Aunque debemos admitir que es una gran pelicula.

Grandes Actuaciones y gran musica completan esta ensaladera de tiros perfecta. No mucho mejor que la trilogia del dolar pero eso vendria despues.
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