Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di..(Adios Sabata) Reviews
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.
"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.
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.‚??
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.?