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December 5, 2013
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(1968) Beyond The Law

I was somewhat involved with the movie for for the most part until the ending which really sucked. Lee Van Cleef as Billy Joe Cudlip he is one of a trio of thieving bandits who succeeded into stealing a small bag of money from a locked stagecoach compartment. The group also includes a pretentious preacher (George Sanders) and an African man (Al Hoosmann). Unsatisfied, the trio want to score a much bigger jackpot except that Billy is starting to build a rapport with a European dude named Ben who's general responsibility was to make sure money would be travelled safely to it's rightful owners. And things really become complicated as soon as Billy accepts a role as deputy of the small town with the only obstacle are another outlaw bandit named Burton (Gordon Mitchell) commanding a gang of outlaws who're also basically seeking for the same thing as the thieving trio which is undeserving amounts of riches.

After seeing many Spaghetti westerns, there seems to be a trend where the general storylines demands spontaneous 'unpredictability' even if it doesn't make any lick of sense, and this is another example of another one of those movies where it doesn't feel the need to make any sense when it ends badly.

2 out of 4 stars
½ December 25, 2012
This is a really bad Italian western.
½ April 4, 2012
This spaghetti western is not too bad.i though the story was interesting,and there are some good performances.Lee Van Cleef is the main star,and is quite good here.but he is overshadowed by a few others.Antonio Sabato(father of pseudo-actor Atonio Sabato Jr.)for one puts in a terrific performance,as does Lionel Stander(80'S TV show Hart to Hart.i also liked Bud Spencer(who acted in numerous spaghetti Westerns)though i wish his role had been bigger.but the real standout,in my mind,is Gordon Mitchell,for his "ice water in his veins' portrayal of Burton.the big negative for me though is the length of the film.i feel it is at least 30 minutes too long,and it moves fairly slow at times.but the performances overcome that weakness.for me,
½ January 30, 2012
Gritty western with a nice edge to the story, but fairly long and unnecessarily drawn out.
½ October 1, 2011
Lee Van Cleef is beyond the law but this film unfortunately does not go beyond expectations. Ordinary spaghetti western but still worth it for Van Cleef alone as a petty criminal turned lawman for small mining town. Redemption is always sweet.
January 27, 2011
fun story , well acted .. some good twists and lee van cleef is always a pleasure to watch
October 9, 2010
Grandious Italowestern with a Great Cinematography, a bombastic Soundtrack and a tricky Story and of course a Great Lee Van Cleef
Super Reviewer
April 20, 2010
Suprisingly good Spaghetti Western.Even better then I expected it to be
December 20, 2009
good gun fights ,hilarious brawls and the music sets the tone to this classic. And well Lee Van Cleef....its a win win in this movie.
½ July 4, 2009
An entertaining Spaghetti Western with a decent plot and some good action. Not one of those to keep you on the edge of your seat but at over 40 years old I'd still call it a worthwhile flick to watch.
August 16, 2006
Beyond the Law (aka "Bloodsilver")
Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Sabato, Lionel Stander, Bud Spenser, and Gordon Mitchell
Director: Georgio Stegani

When master-thief Billy Joe Cudlip (Van Cleef) and his cohorts decide to rob a silver mine of its payroll (and possibly even its silver shipment), a series of events lands Cudlip in the position of town sheriff. As he settles into the job, and starts developing an increasing amount of respect for a young mining engineer (Sabato), his no-nonsense boss (Spenser) and the other honest, upstanding townsfolk, he starts to want more than just life as a thief. But his partners are still bent on committing the heist... and a large gang of murderous bandits led by the psychopathic Burton (Mitchell) have also set their sights on the silver shipment.

"Beyond the Law" in an interesting film in that it features actors in types of roles that we're not use to seeing them in. Lee Van Cleef plays a through-and-through good guy in this film (despite his larcenous tendencies as the story starts), and Bud Spenser doesn't throw a single punch during the entire movie; in fact, he's hard to recognize without his beard and usual scruffy appearance.

Unfortunately, the film features from a script that is focused in all the wrong places--for example, Van Cleef's character makes a transformation from ever-scheming thief to a man who feels loyalty and protectiveness toward the citizens of the mining-town, something which would have made for interesting viewing, but which seems to happen between scenes--and the middle section is padded more heavily than the middle-section of a longhaul trucker who loves beer too much.

At a few points in the film--such as when Van Cleef and his partners make their presence known in the film for the first time, when Burton takes the town's women and children hostage in order to get the silver shipment, and the shoot-out--gives us glimpses of the excellent movie "Beyond the Law" could have been if the script had gone through another draft or two, and if the director had given the film more substance and less filler. As it stands, however, this is a sub-standard spaghetti western that's more boring than entertaining.
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