Apocalypse Joe (Un uomo chiamato Apocalisse Joe) (1970)

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Smart and lethal traveling actor and gunman Joe Clifford (a fine and credible performance by Anthony Steffen) inherits a gold mine from his uncle. Ruthless town boss Berg (splendidly played to he snarling hateful hilt by Eduardo Fajardo) controls said mine. When Joe finds out that Berg killed his uncle, he decides it's time for some major payback. Director Leopoldo Savona, who also co-wrote the clever and involving script with Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, does a solid and straightforward job with the sturdy material: the snappy pace rarely lets up for minute, the tone is fairly serious, yet playful, the thrilling shoot-outs are handled with rip-snorting flair, and there are nice moments of inspired dark humor sprinkled throughout. This film further benefits from sound acting by an able cast, with stand-out contributions from the lovely Mary Paz Pondal as sultry saloon gal Rita, Fernando Cerrulli as amiable rascally drunk Doc Klan, Giulio Baraghini as the corrupt Sheriff Floyd, and Fernando Bilbao as fierce behemoth Bodo. The large scale climactic confrontation between Joe and the townspeople versus Berg and his goons totally smokes in no uncertain terms: This extremely exciting and impressively epic set piece takes up the whole last third of the picture and really delivers the stirring goods like nobody's business. Julio Ortas' handsome widescreen cinematography gives the film a pleasing crisp look. Bruno Nicola provides a spirited and harmonic orchestral score. Highly recommended.. 3 1/2 Stars 1-10-14

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