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Boring Good, Bad, and Ugly ripoff.
Grandious Italowestern directed by the Master Enzo G. Castellari with Totally Overdrawn Hard-Assed Psycho Characters, lot of Explosions, Gunfights and Fighting Brawls this you should call Redneckploitation because it stylize the Rebels to Hard-Assed Mercenarys which fight the Faceless Blue Empire and kill Thousands of Yankees the Camera Work & Cinematography is extrageous and the Soundtrack is Bombastic defently one of the best Italowestern Castellari can mess with the other Maestros of Spaghetti Western
A very average film build around a series of great stunts and action sequences. Castellari obviously knows how to direct good action, so the later comes as no surprise, the problem is you don't give a damn about any character, so it's hard to get interested in what's going on.
It would be easy enough to point out this films' shortcomings.
As a spaghetti western from the late 60's, "Ammazzali tutti e torna solo" (or as it's more commonly known to North American audiences: "Kill them all and come back alone").....suffers from many of the problems common to films from this era and of this genre.
Spaghetti Westerns can be particularilly frustrating because you often get completed projects with mixed results. Most film crews of the era were working within a system where pumping out as many films and as cheaply as they can... results in mediocre product... but inevitably, somwhere within the production you often find hints of genius. In the case of KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE, I found myself marvelling at the cinematographer. Alejandro Ulloa often produced scenes within the film so beautifully framed and brilliantly lit, it almost looked like comicbook legend Jim Steranko drew the storyboards.
The production standards for KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE (like most spaghetti Westerns)...are dismal. The film, overall, has the dodgiest of colour... horrible grading and an over-exaggeration of sound effects. As usual, the filmakers used the lowest grade of filmstock imaginable (cheap) and you find yourself wishing that the promise of "digitally remastered" you read on the DVD box... actually meant something.... but the great news is that if you go in expecting these flaws - - you'll have a fantastic time!
"Ammazzali tutti e torna solo" has an incredible cast of characters. It seems that "going to Italy to film a western" was all the rage as Hollywood actors tried one at a time to replicate Clint Eastwoods' success. This time, it was Chuck Connor's turn to try his hand.
Connors doesn't hand in the greatest performance here... but he certainly has screen presence to spare as the leader of his assembled gang of mercenaries. The group is made up largely of faces "unknown" to the average North American movie-goer... but fans of the genre will recognize such perrennial stars as Frank Wolff, Ken Wood and Leo Anchoriz.
Each man within the group is a "specialist" in his field and each man, (while criminally underdeveloped in the character department), seems to hint at just enough individuality.... you walk away thinking that they could each and every one, headline their own movie.
Lots of fists...
Lots of explosions...
Lots of double and triple crossing...
Tonnes of gunfights...
A million dollars in stolen gold...
KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE is nowhere near as great as:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY or ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.... but any self-proclaimed fan of the spaghetti western should find a copy and sit back for an excellently spent hour and a half.