Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Sabata) (1969)

Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Sabata) (1969)





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Spaghetti Western fans used to the likes of Django and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly might be taken by surprise when watching Sabata. True, the film does star spaghetti Western star Lee Van Cleef as the tight-lipped hero of the title, but it has a very different feel from the genre's traditional, Sergio Leone-derived style. Director/co-writer Gianfranco Parolini (alias Frank Kramer) takes things in a direction that seems to fall halfway between The Wild Wild West TV series and a James Bond movie; the film is packed with colorful characters, exotic weapons, and the action scenes that mix wild stunts with pyrotechnics. Parolini appropriately gives the film a light touch, playing up the colorful and humorous aspects while delivering the action. The end result is a little too long for this sort of light material, causing it to drag a bit in the middle, but it is too good-natured and entertaining to dislike. In short, Sabata is likely to make fun viewing for Euro-cult fans and anyone interested in an offbeat Western. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi
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Lee Van Cleef
as Sabata
Pedro Sanchez
as Carrincha
Franco Ressel
as Stengel
Ignazio Spalla
as Carrincha
Gianni Rizzo
as Judge O'Hara
Antonio Gradoli
as Fergusson
Nick Jordan
as Alley Cat/Indio
Gino Marturano
as McCallum
Pino Mattei
as Frankie
Bruno Ukmar
as Jumping Kid
Rodolfo Lodi
as Fr. Brown
Max Allan Collins
as False Fr. Brown
Romano Puppo
as Rocky Bendato
Andrea Aureli
as Daniel
Robert Hundar
as Oswald
John Bartha
as Sheriff
Mimmo Poli
as Hotel Workman
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Critic Reviews for Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Sabata)

All Critics (2)

The movie has a snappy pace, fierce style, and bursts of aggression, keeping genre elements alert as it details a peculiar story of blackmail.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014

There's a lot of spaghetti tossed in this action western.

Full Review… | April 21, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Sabata)

160806: Sabata is now part of my western collection. Ordered the trilogy after watching this film back in 2012. Fun characters, cool weapons and a little humour all done up in the classic spaghetti style. If you're only comparing spaghetti westerns films, Sabata is 4.5 stars.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

I've seen an expert consensus list that ranks "Sabata" as the 21st best spaghetti Western. I guess that I won't be finding many more spaghetti Westerns to enjoy, because this film is hardly essential. Derivative and clumsily directed, and the musical score is only average. The most interesting feature is Sabata's muscular crony Alley Cat (Bruno Akmar), a genuine acrobat who performs some amazing tumbles. But William Berger (and his inescapable smirk) is remarkably annoying as "Banjo," the only man who becomes a serious challenge for trick-gunslinger Sabata (Lee Van Cleef).

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

So, am i the only one that noticed that Sabata and Sartana are very similar? They dress the same, they have cool gadgets and all sorts of clever tricks to kill the bad guys. Considering the SW defined itself with the lone anti-hero with ambigous morals it's no surprise to find so many coincidences. There's only one year apart from each film, so....anyway. As for the film, fun stuff, would feel more fluid having 10 or 20 minutes less. Cleef is obviously a different kid of badass from Gianni Garko. The always solid William Berger provides a good supporting role, catchy theme song, good times.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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