The Painter and the Thief
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Minor Spaghetti Western
This was quite a splendid find for me. Maybe it was serendipity or something like that. Regardless, the film is a forgotten little masterpiece. It's definitely a spaghetti western and definitely reeks of Leone and Eastwood. It doesn't matter much though. This film does its own thing without directly ripping off anything that came before or after it. There are some parts of it that don't jive very well with the rest of it tonally, but in the overall scheme of things, it's an effective story with a nice style to match. The opening minutes are the best in my opinion and should hook you in.
A decent serving of pasta A Minute to Pray a Second to Die might not fill you up but it's pretty tasty on its own. The title is enough to chew on. Clay McCord has a $10, 000 bounty on his head but wants to put his outlaw days behind him. Unfortunately it's never really explored why the bounty is so fucking high but he has a quick gun so you can pretty well deduce that he has killed a lot of men. Amnesty is being offered but Mario Brega is more intent on setting McCord up & serving justice then granting it. Governor Robert Ryan comes to McCord's aid but the $50 that you get w/ your amnesty seems a little low for McCord's liking to lay down his guns. How much is an top notch outlaw really worth..if it was Lee Van Cleef I would say about a million dollars
Aka Dead or Alive. Reasonably enjoyable Spaghetti Western starring Alex Cord as McCord, Robert Ryan and Arthur Kennedy. This film is well directed with good good acting the lead roles. A local town decides to give amnesty and $50 to gunfighters that give themselves up. However, McCord runs into trouble along the way. This film seems to struggle to get going and is a bit bland in parts, but overall it is ok. The ending was really good with McCord and others besieged inside a blazing cabin.
I watched the English-dubbed italian version of the film which runs to 118 mins in which Cord's character is killed. Be warned that English-dubbed version of the film on MGM/UA's R1 DVD is cut!
Decent if not entirely successful Spaghetti Western which has Alex Cord as an outlaw looking to go straight in the town of Escondido which offers fifty dollars and amnesty for past criminal deeds. Of course there are many dangers along the way.
Nicely directed by Franco Giraldi, who stages some terrific action scenes.
Beware of the cut version which runs 98 minutes as opposed to the full-length version which runs 118 minutes.
Kind of dull Spaghetti that feels like an American western. Alex Cord just isn't very cool, and the soundtrack was just...there. No boss crooning at all. It's got some cool scenes, and the shootout at the end goes quite well. Robert Ryan also plays a bit in the film, so that's a plus, also.
surprisingly good and sinister (i like sinister ones) spaghetti western with good actors, good music and a great story. too bad the MGM DVD seems to be not the ultimate way to go
Excellent spaghetti western-- exciting, with an unusual amount of star power, and beautifully shot.