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August 6, 2016
160806: Yul Brynner was following in some big footsteps with this film. Though he does a decent job, Adios Sabata suffers from being a bit slow in the middle. There are many fun features to this film however especially the unique weapons and outfits. Can't say I'm a fan of Sabata's (Brynner) all black disco look but kudos to Manuel Garcia Otello's (Salvatore Billa) holster on his shoulder and Septiembre's (Salvatore Borghese) cowboy boots. Sabata carries a unique Yellow-boy lever action that uses a magazine (I'll have to look that one up) and I'm always wondering what caliber the revolvers are in these spaghetti western. A few familiar and welcome faces from Sabata (1969) appear.
Super Reviewer
July 13, 2016
Yul Brynner doesn't have Lee Van Cleef's sardonic charisma to make it at least fun to watch this Sabata film - which isn't much better than the dreadful other two -, with a ridiculous cartoonish villain and serious trouble with the mise-en-scŤne in its confusing action scenes.
½ December 6, 2014
Cleef didn't return for this sequel because overseas it was dubbed "Indio Black". And the name was changed when Sabata became such a huge hit.

So you might consider this a sub-sequel or inspiration even if it directed by the same director and some of supporting cast return. Yul Byrnner stars in this outing.

Nevertheless, Brynner delivers an inspired performance that is reminiscent of his hero in The Magnificent Seven.

But the movie just doesn't have the same panache as it the original and for me as a viewer I have a hard time not seeing Brynner as the robot gunman from Westworld.

Very few of his westerns have made me see past that classic role. The Magnificent Seven being one. 2.5 out of 5 So Says the Soothsayer.
½ September 4, 2014
The Austrian Emperor Maximilian I is ruling Mexico and Sabata (Yul Brynner) is hired by the guerrilla leader SeŮor OcaŮo to steal a wagonload of gold from the Austrian army. However, when Sabata and his partners Escudo (Ignazio Spalla) and Ballantine (Dean Reed) obtain the wagon, they find it is not full of gold but of sand, and that the gold was taken by Austrian Colonel Skimmel (Gťrard Herter). So Sabata plans to steal back the gold...

"Adiůs, Sabata" (Italian: Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di..., roughly translated as Indio Black, you know what I'm going to tell you ... You're a big son of a....) is a 1970 Italian-Spanish Spaghetti Western film directed by Gianfranco Parolini. It is the second film in The Sabata Trilogy by Parolini. Yul Brynner took over the lead role from Lee Van Cleef, who stared in the first and third film. The film was originally going to be entitled "Indio Black", but the title was changed after the first Sabata film proved successful and had inspired many imitators. Van Cleef had been offered the starring role in the film, but had to decline because he was committed to "The Magnificent Seven Ride" in the role of Chris Adams, which Brynner had made famous in "The Magnificent Seven". In the Italian language version, the character played by Yul Brynner is called Indio Black, but for the international market he was renamed Sabata. It's also said that Lee van Cleef, the original Sabata, rejected the offer to star in it, according to some because he didn't like the script, according to Alex Cox because the producers didn't want to pay the fee Lee was asking. Brynnerīs Sabata wears a fringy uniform instead of a black cloak which Lee van Cleefīs Sabata does, but the character is roughly the same, a mysterious gunman spiraling his way through a labyrinthine plot populated with foes who may be friends, and friends who may be foes. Opinions about Brynner's performance differ. Donald Guarisco of All Movie thinks "he brings a brooding, ominous undercurrent to the role that gives the film an added bit of tension" (3). Apparently he behaved like an enormous pain in the ass on the set. To begin with he refused to say a word to Reed, who was a communist, and had torn the American flag in reaction to the country's foreign policy (in relation to South America). He also refused to look smaller than Reed, who was in fact several inches taller, so Parolini had to "level" the two actors for every scene they had in common. To make things worse, Brynner suffered from arthritis in his fingers, and had trouble handling that bizarre weapon of his, a lever action rifle with the horizontal magazine carrying seven 30/30 Remington cartridges and one cigar. Gianfranco Paroliniīs "Adiůs, Sabata" have all the spaghetti western attributes. Like outrageous editing and angles, bizarre weaponry, confusing language, episodic plots where every scene has a punchline, and ridiculous costumes. Yul Brynner is great as Sabata with his stone face, black outfit with leather trim, an open vest, bell bottoms and his strange lever action rifle. The score by Bruno Nicolai is perfect and you canīt help ending up whistling along in the title melody. All in all, despite a bit of a messy plot line and editing, this is a pretty good Spaghetti Western in my eyes.
½ July 16, 2013
Yul Brenner takes over for Lee Van Cleef as Sabata in the second film in the Sabata trilogy and it's surprisingly good. I've read conflicting accounts about this in-name-only sequel." Some accounts say Brenner replaced Cleef due to a scheduling conflict as Sabata, but other accounts (and I think more reliable accounts, like Leonard Maltin) say that this was originally intended as a stand-alone film and that the name of Sabata was only inserted into the English language dubbed version to cash in on the first film's success. Either way, I felt this film was in many ways superior to the first film. Brenner always has a fascinating (though rather strange) screen charisma, but the film also features some terrific gun battles and an exciting score by the underrated composer Bruno Nicolai. This one is a must see for fans of spaghetti westerns!
February 20, 2013
Director Gianfranco Parolini (Alias Frank Kramer) Directs This Odd Entry In The Sabata Series. This Outing Of The Mysterious Gunman Puts Yul Brynner In Lee Van Cleef's Shoes. This Time Sabata Is Caught Up In The Mexican Revolution As He Helps The Rebels Plan & Operate A Gold Heist. Borrowing Key-Plot Elements From The Previous Film "Adios Sabata" Drops The Light-Hearrted Tone For A More Serious One (But Not As Serious As Most Spaghetti Westerns), & Keeps The Level Of Violence Expected From The Genre. The Reason You Could Say This Is An Odd Entry Because The The Film Was Originally Going To Be Titled "Indio Black", Due To The Success Of The First Movie It Was Changed. Van Cleef Had Been Offered The Starring Role In The Film, But Had To Decline Because He Was Committed To The Magnificent Seven Ride In The Role Of Chris Adams, Which Brynner Had Made Famous In The Magnificent Seven.
July 20, 2012
Interesting cinematography, but it's a really poor excuse and example of a spaghetti western.
DragonEyeMorrison
Super Reviewer
½ October 22, 2010
Indio Black, renamed Adios Sabata to exploit the fame of the original, is an ok SW actioner. The plot is everywhere and it takes a bit to know who is chasing who and why. Yul is cool, but he doesn't have much to do here.
September 16, 2010
Centerpiece of the Sabata trilogy, really doesn't try and hide the fact that it is just another reincarnation of the first. It suceeds due to the fact that it's more entertaining, and has a better lead gunslinger in Brynner.
½ June 20, 2010
This movie provides a completely inaccurate description of the French Intervention into Mexico.
June 1, 2010
Gianfranco Parolini‚??s ‚??Adios, Sabata‚?? ranks as one of the top 10 Spaghetti westerns of all time. Scenic photography, clever dialogue, marvelously choreographed gunfights, flavorful music, and harsh rugged scenery make this outlandish Yul Brynner horse opera worth watching. No, it has nothing to do with the Lee Van Cleef movies oaters ‚??Sabata‚?? (1969) and ‚??Return of Sabata‚?? (1971). The original title for this exhilarating Yul Brynner shoot‚??em up was ‚??Indio Black.‚?? Like most successful Spaghetti westerns, it adopted the name of a profitable screen hero. Scores of westerns were named after ‚??Django,‚?? ‚??Sartana,‚?? and ‚??Trinity.‚?? Indeed, where Lee Van Cleef‚??s Sabata is elegant and well-dressed, Indio adopts the garb of a cavalry scout. He wears a fringed buckskin outfit. Unlike Sabata, who relied primarily on a derringer, Indio wields a sawed-off, lever-action, repeating carbine with a sideways ammunition magazine. He reserves the last chamber in each magazine for a cheroot. After he dispatches his adversaries, he takes the time to enjoy his tobacco. Black brandishes a derringer, too, but rarely uses it to kill. In fact, ‚??Indio Black‚?? remains the only Spaghetti western that Brynner made, but it qualifies as a superior sagebrusher with provocative, offbeat characters, a larger-than-life, six-fisted plot with loads of narrative foreshadowing, and one of composer Bruno Nicolai‚??s liveliest orchestral scores. Parolini lacks the baroque visual artistry of Sergio Leone. However, he knew how to tell a good story and he could stage interesting set-pieces. Parolini co-authored the screenplay with Renato Izzo who had penned ‚??Kill and Pray‚?? and ‚??A Man Called Amen.‚??

Yul Brynner plays a sympathetic, sharp-shooting, American soldier-of-fortune in black. He supports the Mexican revolutionaries in their cause to expel the Austrians from their country during the post American Civil War period. Hollywood hasn‚??t made that many westerns about Emperor Maximilian‚??s rule in Mexico. The best of the bunch is Robert Aldrich‚??s ‚??Vera Cruz,‚?? rivaled only by Don Siegel‚??s ‚??Two Mules for Sister Sara.‚?? As the villain, Austrian Colonel Skimmel dresses as elegantly as he shoots straight, and he behaves like an egotist. Indeed, he has commissioned a portrait of himself. Skimmel has no qualms about killing and makes a splendid villain. He detests informers, exploits their information, and then kills them. Half-way between Sabata and Skimmel is Ballantine. This soldier-of-fortune (Dean Reed of ‚??God Made Them... I Kill Them") is an opportunist who throws his lot in with Sabata. Actually, he has no qualms about getting whatever there is for himself and nobody else. ‚??Three Crosses of Death‚?? lenser Sandro Mancori captures the arid Spanish landscape in all its eternal grandeur and the vistas are beautiful. Mancori and Parolini hail from the school of filmmaking that relied heavily on zoom shots. ‚??Indio Black‚?? has more than its share of zoom-out shots and zoom-in shots. ‚??Indio Black‚?? emerges as a hugely entertaining western epic with the usual ritualistic conventions, such as duels and gunfights, intrigue, plot reversals, and outright surprises.

The action opens at a Catholic mission as the priest Father Mike addresses a young Mexican village boy, Juanito (Luciano Casamonica of ‚??Tepepa‚??) laments the descent of mankind into savagery. ‚??There is too much violence in the world.‚?? Juanito reminds him the Murdock brothers stole everything from them and deserve punishment. Ever gentle Father Mike replies, ‚??You must try to forgive. Not sink into revenge.‚?? Colonel Skimmel, a monocled, bewhiskered, autocrat in a dress uniform. He likes to demonstrate his marksmanship with a rifle. Skimmel‚??s favorite practice is to turn loose prisoners below on the parade grounds and let them see if they can outrun him without being shot down. Colonel Skimmel never misses. Meanwhile, in Texas, the Murdock brothers show up at the County Hunter Agency and shoot it out with Sabata. Sabata wipes them out without a scratch. Parolini does an excellent job staging this initial shoot-out. The three Murdocks ride into the dusty station. One drives a wagon with a coffin on it. ‚??We‚??re all set for you to go out in style,‚?? the oldest Murdock boasts.‚?? A weather vane stands motionless in front of the station. Before they exchange gunfire, Sabata and the oldest Murdock display their lethal marksmanship. Their bullets turn the vane into a blur. Once the vane stops turning, they are told that they can blast away at each other. Even after Sabata has killed them, he fires more shots. A Murdock corpse clinging to a corral fence falls when Sabata‚??s bullets obliterate the railing. Sabata shoots the coffin lid so it falls shut on the dead Murdock.

After the gunfight, Se√Īor Oca√Īo (Franco Fantasia of "The Lion of St. Mark") enlists Sabata to help them discover when the gold shipment leaves the fort at Guadalupe and what road it will travel. He is also to make arrangements with the men who will sell the revolution firearms. Oca√Īo informs his ally, Escudo (Pedro Sanchez of "Any Gun Can Play"), about Sabata, but Escudo hates that the revolution must depend on a foreign soldier-of-fortune. Meanwhile, Colonel Skimmel has cooked up his own scheme about the getting the gold out of the fort at Guadalupe. He sends out a detachment with the gold wagon, and his own men gun down the detachment. Sabata intervenes and Escudo and he commandeer the gold wagon. Sabata rides to Kingsville, Texas, where he discovers Colonel Skimmel‚??s cohort Folgen (Gianni Rizzo of ‚??Mission to Hell‚??) has wiped out the gunrunners. Sabata decides that they need to take the gold back to Oca√Īo. A small army of plainclothes Austrians ambush them, but Sabata turns the odds against them with his skillful shooting.

Writer & director Parolini does an excellent job of setting up and paying off several situations. Colonel Skimmel‚??s model of a sailing vessel perched atop a dresser is wired to the highest drawer so when an unsuspecting fool opens the drawer, the movement triggers a deadly broadside from the canon protruding from the side of the ship. If you love Spaghetti westerns, you owe it to yourself to watch ‚??Adios, Sabata.‚??
Hellshocked
Super Reviewer
May 28, 2010
Ah, the dance of death.
May 19, 2010
I?m looking for a certain man for a special job

A small town has been overrun by Austrians who rule with an iron fist. A small band of Mexicans wish to revolt by stealing the Austrian?s guns and gold. Initially, their desires seem hopeless; however, an American known as Sabata arrives and wipes out numerous Austrians. Now, Sabata and four rebellions hope to avoid the Austrians and cash-in on their findings.

?Are you going to help me pick up the gold??

Gianfranco Parolini, director of God?s Gun; Bigfoot; Five into Hell; Sabata; Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill (1966); and the Three Avengers, delivers Adios Sabata. The storyline for this picture is well delivered. The characters are fascinating and the action is remarkable. The cast delivered remarkable performances and included Yul Brynner (Magnificent Seven), Dean Reed, and Ignazio Spalla.

?These American guns aren?t very good, are they??

Adios Sabata is a film that my wife recently recorded off the MGM HD channel. I found this film to be quite entertaining and surprisingly original; specifically during the action sequences. The acting was also first rate and extremely entertaining. This is a must see film for fans of the western genre.

?Sabata likes them lying down.?

Grade: B+
½ May 19, 2010
I came home and watched the movie Adios Sabata, mainly to get it out of the way. It was the worst Sabata movie though. Sabata is terrible in this movie, I don't really get his character, he seems like some kind of flamboyant elmer fudd on steroids. I couldn't understand this movie at all. It might have well been in spanish.
May 19, 2010
Sabata is back but this Time it is not Lee van Cleef but Yul Brynner he fights again with modern Weapons vs evil Evil Austrians
March 13, 2010
Another great Spahgetti Western. However, it doesn't compete against the first one. Mainly because of the absence of Lee Van Cleef. I admitt that Yul Brenner is a real straight shooter, he doesn't have enough baggage compared to Van Cleef. Still worthy of seeing for those who respect the genre.
January 28, 2010
Averagely entertaining...missing it wont hurt your chances at attaining Nirvana!!
January 23, 2010
Decent film. i think Yul Brynner made an ok Sabata. but he just dont add up to Lee Van Cleef`s version.
August 26, 2009
another lame "remake" of Seven
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